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The READY Method

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The READY Method™ Birth to Three is a research-based method that provides parents with a real life approach to interacting and communicating with their young children. Drawing from extensive research in the field of child development and early parenting, The READY Method highlights five key aspects of responsive parenting that contribute to the social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.

The READY Method Book with DVD provides parents, caregivers, and early childhood professionals with a gentle, responsive approach to consciously connecting with infants and young children.

The READY Method book provides insightful exercises that challenge caregivers to reflect on their own personal needs and agendas in order to best meet the needs of their child. In depth explanations into each of the five dimensions presented in The READY Method allow caregivers to easily understand this revolutionary guide to parenting and caregiving.

The READY Method DVD captures the method in action through unscripted, "real-life" parents interacting with their own children. This is a unique parenting product that provides both a detailed written explanation of the method and a visual "manual" for caregivers to watch, experience, and explore in order to fully understand how to apply this method in their own parenting and caregiving relationships.

The READY Method shows parents and caregivers how to:

  • Identify their child's signals and needs.
  • Respond to their child in a sensitive, supportive way.
  • Be emotionally and physically present to their child.
  • Encourage their child's intellectual, social, and emotional development.
  • Support their child's interests and curiosity.
  • The READY Method provides instructional guidance by two developmental psychologists, Cynthia A. Frosch, Ph.D. and Margaret Tresch Owen, Ph.D., and demonstrated by real parents with their own infants and toddlers. The psychologists point out different features of interactions between mothers, fathers, and children and provide the tools necessary to be READY to parent. For each of the five READY dimensions, they provide examples of higher quality and lower quality interactions to help parents and caregivers visualize and develop their skills. The READY Method will increase parents' awareness of their own behavior and show them how to tune in to their child's needs and interests.

    - We have all heard how important it is to be a sensitive, responsive parent, but what does that really mean? In this very concise book and easily watched DVD, parents and educators can observe sensitive parenting in action. Short commentaries direct the observers' eye to the important features of the interaction. For those of us not 'born' sensitive, here are exercises that can strengthen our observational and parenting skills, helping infants and young children get a head start on healthy development. THIS is the definitive DVD on parenting you will want to see-or have your caregivers see-as early as possible after your children are born. - Marsha Weinraub, Ph.D., Chair of Psychology, Temple University

    - I am tremendously impressed with The READY Method. The method focuses on the core component of competent parenting: interactions between parents and young children. It teaches, through clear explanations and examples, exercises, and most importantly, engaging video illustrations of parent-child interactions, how parents can become more intentional and sensitive caregivers. The method is not only well thought out and nicely presented, but most importantly, it is based on the best research concerning how to promote children's development. The READY Method is one that all parents and caregivers should learn. - George Holden, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Southern Methodist University

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    About the Authors

    Cynthia Ann Frosch, Ph.D. is a researcher, child and family development consultant, and visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Frosch trains researchers both nationally and internationally on the observation of parent-child interaction and has worked extensively with early childhood programs to improve the fit between children and their environments.

    Margaret Tresch Owen, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas. A researcher in the field of parent-child relationships and the effects of early child care experiences for children and their families, Dr. Owen is also an investigator on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development.

    The READY Method In Action

    Birth To Three

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