Video Interaction Project was recently mentioned in a Washington Post article written by VIP Co-Founder, Dr. Benard Dreyer and Professor of Pediatrics of NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Dr. Leonardo Trasande.
The article discusses ways the COVID-19 situation could have a lasting impact on children and what we can do now to support them during this stressful time to mitigate those impacts. Due to the current unfolding events children are more at risk for experiencing consequences later in life that include mental and physical illness. Research has shown that children are impacted by their parents’ stress and there is no doubt that the coronavirus has exacerbated household stressors. The strong emotions that are being felt by families experiencing hardship and loss have an effect on children, despite not being directly impacted by the virus.
The additional stress that has been felt across neighborhoods, states, and nations requires more support for families and children. The article describes the work that is done by VIP and how the use of video recordings and developmentally appropriate toys can support parents in engaging with their child in meaningful ways. These parent-child interactions can mitigate the difficult experiences families are otherwise facing. Programs like VIP provide parents with an opportunity to increase their parenting confidence and lower instances of parenting stress. When parents share quality interactions with their children, they are ultimately strengthening their child’s early development.
Parents can do their part at home to protect their children from additional stress during this time by being mindful of the topics of conversation children are witness to, keeping an open dialogue with their children, and creating a safe space for children to express themselves.
At VIP we continue to work to provide compassionate support to the families we work with and provide them with the tools necessary to positively engage with their children.
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