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Clay’s New Study Finds Strong Link Between Parental and Child Anxiety

As we continue to delve into the mental health crisis facing preschoolers, our recent research at Clay has revealed some eye-opening correlations. Our data suggests that parental anxiety and child anxiety are strongly linked, with up to 65% of children displaying signs of anxiety when a parent also shows symptoms. This highlights the importance of a holistic approach that addresses both mental health and developmental concerns.

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Leaders in Early Education: Kristen M. Waterfield

This week we’re thrilled to feature Kristen M. Waterfield, founder and CEO of The Malvern School. In this interview, Kristen M. Waterfield shares her profound passion for early childhood education and her beliefs in an innovative, individualized approach to curriculum that caters to every child’s needs.

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Calm Down Bag

Calm down bags can be a helpful tool for toddlers to use when they are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, as they can provide a sense of control and a way to express and cope with their emotions in a healthy way.

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Letter for Evaluation Through Public School District

A 3-5 year old may be evaluated for special education services through their public school system if there are concerns about their development or learning. For example, if a parent or teacher notices that a child is having difficulty with developmental milestones, such as speaking, walking, or interacting with others, they may request an evaluation to determine whether the child may have a disability that is impacting their development.

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Script for Early Intervention

Early intervention is a program that provides free support and services for families with infants and toddlers (birth to 3 years) who are at risk of a developmental delay or currently not meeting milestones in one or more areas such as cognitive, physical, communication, social-emotional, or adaptive skills. Early Intervention is designed to help children develop the skills they need to reach their full potential and participate in activities with their peers.

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Kindergarten Readiness

Foundations of learning, including cognitive and social skills, are built in the early years of a child’s life, and children who are well-prepared for kindergarten are more likely to have a strong foundation on which to build their future learning.

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Helpful Tool: Routine Charts for the School Transition

The back to school chaos felt harder this year. In the mix of all the school forms, back to school activities, and endless fall scheduling – the anxiety for both my kids and I crept in. Although not a complete fix, creating morning and bedtime routine charts helped so much! In this article we share sample routine charts you can use to create your own.

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child therapy preparation

7 Steps to Prepare for Child Therapy

Preparing for child therapy is an anxiety provoking experience for the child and their parents. Many parents wonder how best to prepare for the appointment and how to tell their child about therapy. In this article we share 7 tips on how to set you and your child up for success.

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parental burnout

6 Strategies for Parental Burnout

A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University suggests that 66 percent of working parents met the criteria for parental burnout. Thank goodness for identical twin sisters Drs. Amelia and Emily Nagoski, who’s research and book “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” teaches us 6 evidence-based strategies for completing our body’s stress cycle.

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