Promoting Positive Routines, Like Reading, Can Help Kids Cope With Crisis

Children, just like adults, often feel helpless after a crisis – and in Ohio many children are now facing changes to daily life that could last for months. One way physicians can assist families is to promote positive routines at home whenever possible. Daily schedules, like one recently featured in the New York Post, are becoming a popular concept to help children cope.

The Ohio AAP has a program to help families of young children establish routines that can be effective now and following the COVID-19 crisis. The Brush, Book, Bed (BBB) Program is designed to help primary care physicians and other pediatric healthcare providers guide families toward bedtime routines that can ease family stress and lead to lifelong healthy habits. The BBB  Program is designed to:

  • Use simple messaging and resources for health professionals to share with families
  • Tie together 3 important health behaviors – toothbrushing, early literacy, and sleep routines
  • Cue health professionals to discuss these topics at all well-child visits for children six months to six years of age

The Ohio AAP has created an on demand learning opportunity that will prepare providers to incorporate aspects of the Brush, Book, Bed Program into practice and promote positive routines with families – while earning 5 points of MOC Part II credit.

The Brush, Book, Bed Educational Program includes education on three important topics related to positive childhood health and routines: oral health, early literacy, and sleep habits. Participants review materials at their own pace, then complete a brief assessment online – upon completion, 5 points of ABP MOC Part II credit and 5 hours of CME are available. This activity is available through September 2020.

Click here for more information, or contact Hayley Southworth at with questions.

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