Clay Handouts

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Avoiding Power Struggles

Children reach a stage in development where they try to be more independent and make decisions, which means they start wanting some control and power. Getting your child to listen during this time is VERY challenging.

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First-Then Chart

Young children often find transitions challenging. Our First-Then Chart can be very helpful when preparing children for an upcoming transition such as getting off screens, leaving for school, visiting the bathroom, and/or going to bed. Before an upcoming transition, share this handout with your child so they can clearly understand what event will be happening first and then next in their day.

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The Potty Training Readiness Quiz

Potty training is easier and happens faster if your child is truly ready in all areas of child development. The following quiz will help you assess whether you and your child are ready to begin potty training by giving you more insight into what behaviors to look for.

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Mealtime Success

If you are a parent of a young child and find mealtimes stressful you are certainly not alone! The pediatric professionals at Clay strongly recommend following Ellyn Satter’s evidence-based approach that has been shown to drastically improve family mealtimes. Parents follow a set of effective guidelines while allowing children to learn how to trust their own hunger and fullness cues.

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Behavior is Communication

All children's behaviors have meaning. The behavior we see is a form of communication letting us know what the child may be actually experiencing and/or feeling.

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Routine Chart

Predictable daily routines provide structure and consistency for young children, supporting healthy social and emotional development. Clay's Routine Chart is a great place to start!

Safely cut out each task card below (or draw your own on empty squares provided). Together with your child, attach the cards to the Morning, Day, or Nighttime Routine sheets! Use laminate, clear contact paper, or velcro stickers for extra durability.

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Feelings Chart

This chart helps young children recognize, label, and regulate BIG feelings. Please post this on the wall at home as a reminder for everyone to describe how they are feeling throughout the day. Of course, this takes time, practice, and consistency. The long-term goal is for your child to feel confident naming and regulating their emotions.