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Lindsay Rawitscher

Student, Northwestern University


A Primary Care-Based Program to Enhance Positive Parenting in Low-Income Families

Interactive play is crucial for the successful psychological and motor skill development of toddlers. Children in families of lower socioeconomic status often have hampered playtime experiences, due to a lack of resources for toys and the struggle of their working parents to find time to play. Sit Down & Play aims to promote play and measure the quality of parent-child interactions. Pediatricians introduce play into the children’s lives by teaching parents play techniques in the office, hoping that the habits will continue at home. What is still needed is a method to track adherence in their private lives. Primary care physicians serve as intervention initiation, providing lower income families with toys and strategies for playing with their children. Knowing the importance of child-parent interaction and child-parent-toy interaction in children early stage, the primary goal of SD&P is to assess the amount of time the toy is used by the child and parent at home in a non-intrusive manner.