PW! Update 11-26-2019

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Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County 

PW! Update 11-26-2019


This week most of us are participating in family activities around Thanksgiving. Families from many backgrounds are celebrating (or not) with their own family traditions. This is a time for us to truly be thankful for who we have in our lives: family members, friends,  work friends and acquaintances.

Please remember to send job opportunities, articles and resources you believe would interest our readers!

It's that time of year! Fundraisers are active! Prevention Works will be participating in ClallamGives December 3, 2019. Our #ClallamGives site it at: 
This is in addition to our current Facebook Fundraiser

We are seeking support to continue offering low-cost local trainings!

I sincerely wish everyone everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Tracey





Thank you Nita Lynn for sharing these next two videos/articles from

Video: Teaching kids to plan ahead and set goals can help them manage anxiety later in life
University of Maryland researchers find that children ages 2 and 3 who negatively responded to strangers are more likely to develop anxiety as teens. Children of the same age who used proactive skills (e.g., demonstrating the ability to be goal-oriented) were less likely to develop anxiety. Parents can help children develop these proactive skills and possibly reduce anxiety later in life by role playing with children to teach them how to anticipate and respond to specific situations, helping them label their feelings, and leading other exercises.

Video: Strong relationships with trusted adults prevent, and help kids recover from, toxic stress
Researchers from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University warn of the potential negative effects of childhood adversities on children later in life, in the absence of a strong and stable relationship with a trusted adult. Childhood adversities, such as being separated from a parent or experiencing childhood maltreatment, can cause toxic stress, which can lead to mental and physical health issues if experienced over a long period. According to the researchers, making sure that children have a strong relationship with a trusted caregiver is the best way to prevent or reverse the damage of childhood adversity.

Children With Parents Who Are Addicted To Their Cell Phones Affect Children's Development – According To Scientist by Kat Gal
Published on August 20, 2018, but worth your time to read now....

How many hours a day do you use your cell phone?

Be honest. How often do you scroll through social media, watch a cute video, read an article, check the weather, play games, or google something interesting? How often do you scroll just standing in line, because you are bored or you just do it out of habit?

Technology is everywhere. It has changed our world and it is here to stay. Endless information is available at our fingertips. We practically don’t even have to leave our house anymore if we don’t want to. We can take care of anything on our cellphone.

It is popular to point fingers and Millennials and the younger generations for being technology addicts, but let’s be real, older generations, including our grandparents, are just the same. The only difference is that older Millennials and older still actively remember pre-smartphone or even pre-internet times.

Have you ever wondered how technology has affected us? How does it affect our mental health and development? How about our children? They don’t know a world without smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Too Much Screen Time Causes Behavioral Problems In Children And Toddlers

Spending hours on end on the internet and using technology has a negative impact on the physical and mental health of adults. Children who are glued to the screen are no better off, and may even be worse off. A new study from the University of Michigan showed that screen time can have serious negative impacts on the health and development of children. (1)

Turns out, a lot depends on the parents. Parents who spend a lot of time on their smartphones, laptop, or other technological devices, including TV, tend to have less meaningful and more interrupted relationships with their children. As a result, children may feel unimportant or frustrated. They may act out to get attention in some way.

The Study Warns About The Connection Between Parental Technology Use And Children’s Behavior

The study was conducted by examining 170 two-parent homes with children just over 3 in the U.S. Parents answered questions regarding their technology usage habits. How often, how long, and how they use them. The study focused on interrupted family time, such as texting or spending time online during play or mealtimes.

Parents were also asked to answer questions about their child’s behavior, whether they were irritable, whiny, grumpy or badly behaved within the two months prior to the study. Researchers factored in family income, educations, stress, anxiety, and other possible factors outside of technology, then examined the relationship between family time interruptions and child behavior.
Though further research is needed to see if there is a direct correlation between parental technology use and child behavior, the study has shown that there is certainly a relationship. The mother’s technology use is especially important when it comes to behavior.

Other Health Effects Of Too Much Screen Time

Spending too much time in front of the screen and in a virtual world can have many other negative impacts besides ‘bad behavior.’ Some of these negative impacts include:

Vision and eye health problems
Depression and other mental health problems
Brain developmental and learning difficulties
Neck, back, and other musculoskeletal problems as a result of poor posture
Cardiovascular health problems
Risk of diabetes
Attention deficit problems
Sleep problems
Obesity and being overweight

Despite its negative impact, technology still has many benefits for us personally and for our world as well. We can’t completely ban technology and probably don’t want to. The question is how to use it safely and mindfully to protect our children and create a happy and healthy home and family.

How To Protect Yourself And Your Family From The Negative Effects Of Technology

-Limit screen time for everyone. Yup, this includes adults too. Make rules and stick to them.
-Make sure to spend uninterrupted quality time with your children without technology
-No phones at the dinner table. Make this lunch too. No phones during meal times, period.          -Spend time together. Enjoy your meals. Slow down. Talk, connect, and laugh.
-Pick activities instead of movies. Netflix is fun. Distracting your kids with a cartoon is helpful. Family movie night is a fun way to spend time together. But choosing activities that allow actual interaction creates a better connection. Choose board games. Play cards or dominoes. Color, draw or do crafts together. Play with legos or building blocks. Go for an evening walk.
-Get outside. Spending time in nature is beneficial for your health. Going for a hike, playing catch, or going mini-golfing are all fun. Even if you live in a busy city, going out exploring in the concrete jungle is a lot of fun. Going outside of the house doesn’t have to be outdoors. Go bowling, to a trampoline gym, or a museum. Turn off your phones to be fully present with each other.
-Put your phone on airplane mode even when you are not traveling. You do not have to be constantly up to date and see every text, social media post, or news update right away. Turn off those ‘pings,’ and put your phone on airplane mode or silent, especially if it is evening or nighttime or homework time for your children.

These tips can help you to truly stay connected with your family and reduce the negative impact of technology. Written by Kat Gal

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence
What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?
Preventing ACEs is a priority for CDC
What can be done to prevent ACEs?
- Strengthen Economic Supports for Families
- Promote Social Norms that Protect Against Violence and Adversity
- Ensure a Strong Start for Children
- Teach Skills
- Connect Youth to Caring Adults and Activities
- Intervene to Lessen Immediate and Long-term Harms
Sector involvement
Monitoring and evaluation

Years ago, I (Tracey) had the unforgettable opportunity to take an Infant class taught by Magda Gerber at the Pacific Oaks Pasadena Campus.  Magda was "old" when I took the class - I will never forget her teachings. I am excited to share resources I found on a site:

Magda was taught by Emmi Pikler. I feel this information is still as applicable today as it was in the 1930's. You will find a treasure trove of writings and videos involving infant development! Interview with Magda as I knew her!

Introducing Magda Gerber The Genius of Emmi Pikler 
There are many roads that can lead us to discovering the work of Emmi Pikler. Whether we are seeking a successful infant group-care model, information on how to parent with respect, sourcing indoor play equipment or material on motor development - these roads are formed and paved with original ideas that began with Emmi Pikler and developed throughout her life’s work. 
Magda Gerber’s family came to be in Pikler’s paediatric care (c.1937). It was observing Pikler at work that left such a great impression on Magda. In turn, she played a big role in revealing Pikler’s ideas to the English speaking world through the organization Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE), which she established in 1978 together with Tom Forrest, M.D.

"Historically, I was the same bewildered mother as many of you, although at a different time (decades ago), and at a different place (Hungary). When I met Dr Emmi Pikler, her ideas seemed so natural, sensible and simple that I tried to learn more about them. Dr Pikler developed her unusual approach to caring for infants during the ten years she functioned as a private pediatrician to a few selected families in Budapest, Hungary. In 1946, she applied the same philosophy to infants without families raised at the National Methodological Institute for Residential Nurseries (Lóczy) in Budapest. Her talents as a scientific investigator and a practitioner involved in the most minute details of the everyday care of infants make her sound approach both practical and believable. Since my days with Dr Pikler in Hungary, I have applied her philosophy to my work with infants in California.”
Magda Gerber, 'Welcome to Educaring' - Vol I No 1 Winter 1979

NO Tummy Time Necessary - warning - this may may be controversial... 
Allowing babies to move freely, according to their own inner schedules and dictates, is a hallmark of Magda Gerber’s RIE philosophy. When babies are allowed to develop naturally, in their own time and their own way, they learn to move with ease and grace. They tend to have excellent body awareness and posture, and a good sense of where their bodies are in space.

Allowing a baby’s gross motor development to unfold naturally means avoiding placing babies into positions they can’t get into or out of on their own. Ideally, young babies are set on their back not just for sleep, but for playtime as well, because this is the position that most supports their bodies, and in which they are most relaxed and free to move. What this means is no tummy time for babies until they spontaneously begin to roll first to their sides, and then unto their tummies. It means not pulling or propping a baby with pillows into a sitting position until he can move into this position on his own. It means avoiding all baby “containers” like bouncy seats, exersaucers, and baby swings, and using car seats judiciously. It means not lifting a toddler onto a piece of play equipment, like a slide, that she can’t yet scale herself.

There are many advantages for babies who are allowed to develop their ability to move on their own without adult assistance or interference. For instance, they are safer and less likely to fall from playground equipment and injure themselves, because they develop good judgment. As Magda Gerber said, “If they can climb up by themselves, we can trust that they can climb down safely.” (For an excellent description of how children learn to sense where their bodies are in space, see: Learning to “Sense” Space: Why Kids May Fall Out of Bed,  at Moving Smart.)

It turns out nature has a plan, and it’s a good one. All children develop gross motor skills in the same sequence, and all that varies is the timing. If children are given the opportunity to practice moving freely, they will be in tune with and strengthen their ability to listen to their own body wisdom. At every stage, in every way, they will be doing exactly what they need to do to prepare themselves to achieve the next milestone. Their gross motor abilities will unfold before our eyes- no adult help or intervention necessary. They will not attempt to use equipment or take risks that they are not yet ready for.

When we place babies in positions that they are not yet able to achieve on their own, we may put them at risk of injury, of developing poor co-ordination and posture, and equally importantly, we risk cutting off their inner agenda, and their self initiated exploration. There are recent studies that show that babies placed in baby walkers and exersaucers, actually develop their ability to walk at a later date than babies who have not been exposed to such devices.

Magda suggested that babies know best how to be babies, and there are just some things we should not rush. The message babies might get when we “help” them, by pulling them to sitting before they can do it on their own for instance, might be this one: “I don’t value and appreciate what you can do, but I expect you to do what you can not yet do.” Is this the message we want our babies to get? What implications do you think this has for a baby’s developing sense of self, his ability to learn, or her ability to trust herself?

Another thing to consider is that when we put babies into positions that they can’t yet achieve on their own, we make them dependent on us, because they have limited mobility, and are stuck until we come to rescue them.

Most young babies are very uncomfortable, and loudly protest when they are placed on their tummies to “play”. They can’t yet lift their heads or hold them up for very long, so they can’t see much. The ways in which they can move their arms and legs are limited. All they can do is learn to endure the discomfort they feel, or cry, and hope someone will come to move them into a more comfortable position.

...infant specialist Magda Gerber, who learned from her friend and mentor, Hungarian pediatrician Emmi Pikler, who learned from carefully observing and documenting the development of hundreds of babies over many years.

And if seeing is believing, all you need to do is watch this short video montage of baby Liv, which follows her development throughout her first year. This four-minute video, produced by Irene Gutteridge, as part of a project called The Next 25 Years speaks volumes about how babies learn to move easefully and gracefully, from back to side, to tummy, and back again. Just look at Liv’s face when she achieves her goal of turning onto her tummy. Priceless!
Video of baby learning to roll over -
And Links to many other resources! 

Letting kids play with discarded objects is great for their bodies and minds, and not as risky as you might think 
Imagine you are looking after three young children. They discover a pile of discarded bread crates, office chairs and wooden planks, and want to play. How do you react?
Whatever your decision, you probably won't get it 100 per cent right — parents, teachers and others who work with children never can.
If they intervene, they are overprotective. If they don't, they are negligent.
In the scenario above, most adults would either stop the play or be very directive about how the play can occur, and what objects can be used.
Stopping or restricting play might seem reasonable in the short term, but research shows that, in the longer term, excessive safety can hinder children's opportunities for learning.
So, what's the best solution when children want to play with objects we would not normally think of as toys?
We've all heard the saying that one person's trash is another person's treasure. The adult who discovers the treasure might see beauty or functionality in the trash that wasn't apparent to the original owner.
For children, the trash-to-treasure transfer is a trigger for endless possibilities.
Child development researchers like me, and others who work with children, refer to the trash as "loose parts".
Research has revealed clear physical benefits as well as some social and some creative benefits of loose parts play.
With so many benefits and so much trash available, it seems an easy, fun and cost-effective way to promote children's development.
The main barrier is that adults often see this kind of play as too risky.
Where children imagine building boats and houses, adults imagine catastrophes.



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Nov. 25, 2019 Early Learning Facilities Application Due Dec. 2

The Early Learning Facilities (ELF) online application deadline is right around the corner! All applications must be submitted to ZoomGrants by Monday, Dec. 2 before 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. Depending on the volume of applications we receive and capacity, we cannot guarantee that all questions sent through our email box or phone calls we receive will be answered.  As a reminder our ELF team will be out of the office on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and our offices will be closed from Nov. 28-29 in observance of Thanksgiving.

If you’ve submitted your application already and need to make corrections, you still have time to make corrections up until the deadline. Simply login to your ZoomGrants account and make any changes, additions, or deletions, including replacing or adding to uploaded documents, until the ZoomGrants web portal closes at 5 p.m.

Lastly, if you were unable to attend our last webinar on Nov. 13, a recording and updated question-and-answer transcript is available on our website.

For all program-related questions, please email:

The United Way of Clallam County Mini Grants are still available. These grants are available to help educate communities about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how they affect us for our lives. We are still looking for a group to sponsor an event in Forks, LaPush, Neah Bay, Clallam Bay or Joyce!  If you are interested in sponsoring an event go to
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