Nine-Year Touchpoint: Peers and friends

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Nine-Year Touchpoint: Peers and friends

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We used to think that children could only play in parallel, that is side by side, before the age of two. We've learned that, even earlier than two years of age, children are already interacting with each other. Between 7 and 9 years of age, peers in a peer group, and being successful in that peer group, becomes really important. It's a time to be thinking about, who does your child hang out with? Where are the opportunities for your child to make friends. If you live somewhere where your kids can't get to those friends on his or her own, there may be things that you need to do to help him or her, connect with that group of friends. One suggestion is to try to get to know the parents of the children that your child is interested in. Partly, because it will help you connect them to each other; and partly because you will get a window into the kinds of values and concerns that those children share or don't share with each other.

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Child Psychiatrist & Author brazeltontouchpoints.org

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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