Play Nicely: The Healthy Discipline Program
Play Nicely: The Healthy Discipline Program is a brief, population-based intervention designed to prevent violence and mitigate toxic stress.
"Assume you see one young child hit another. What are you going to do?"
All who care for young children should be able to answer this important question with competence. First, the question addresses childhood aggression, one of the strongest risk factors for violence later in life. Second, the question opens the door for discussions about healthy discipline strategies for other challenging behaviors.
Play Nicely presents 20 options to respond to a child with aggression. Learners view options that are of the most interest to them. Introduce the program in 1 minute and see results in less than 10 minutes.
Play Nicely works!
Multiple studies confirm that Play Nicely is effective.
After viewing the program, health care providers
- have increased confidence for counseling parents about discipline.
- are more likely to recommend appropriate discipline strategies to parents.
- have decreased positive attitudes toward spanking.
To view the free Play Nicely multimedia program, choose:
- English Version [Requires Adobe Flash]
- Spanish Version [Requires Adobe Flash]
- Smart phone and tablet version
Play Nicely: The Healthy Discipline Handbook
This durable book is uniquely designed to enhance learning with tabbed pages for each of the 20 discipline options. Learn more about how to obtain this valuable printed resource.
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