ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The 2016 Parents as Teachers International Conference is hosting over one thousand early childhood development experts, educators, researchers, behavioral scientists, public policy advocates and parent educators from across the U.S.!
Julie Pentz and Janice Schroeder lead a program called Tap to Togetherness.
Shared activities like tap dancing help build social/emotional development and gross motor skills (balance, jumping) in very young children and improve child/parent engagement.
Julie and Janice demonstrate some of these skills, so they can be brought into anyone’s household.
Their research indicates that parents who engage in these types of activities are using their smartphone less and using music and dance more as a way to fill the down time with kids (instead of screens).
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