Creating strong bonds New CME module: Gauging social-emotional development in young patients The AOA and Erikson Institute collaborate on the second in a series of three educational modules focused on early childhood development. Sept. 12, 2016Monday Kate Samano Contact Kate Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Topics CMEpediatrics Healthy social and emotional development are crucial components of well-being, and primary care physicians are in a unique position to help young patients achieve important milestones in these areas. Recognizing this, the AOA has partnered with the Erikson Institute to produce continuing medical education modules focused on early childhood development. It recently released a module focused on social-emotional development. This is the second module in a three-part series from the project: “All It Takes is H.E.A.R.T.: An Early Childhood Development Initiative.” The module has been approved for 2 AOA Category 1-B CME credits and provides information that will help those who provide health care services for children 8 years old and younger to understand the importance of social-emotional development. Both physicians and medical students are eligible for a professional development certificate from the Erikson Institute if they complete all three modules in the series. Understanding the importance of social-emotional development Healthy social-emotional development largely influences a child’s ability to realize their potential in leading a productive, successful and satisfying life. [story-sidebar sidebar id=”194354″] “A child’s perception of their world is a culmination of their social-emotional development,” says Scott S. Cyrus, DO, a pediatrician in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a member of the curriculum workgroup creating the modules. “Their reaction to stresses, their performance in school and their interaction with their friends and family is reflective of their early exposure in their environment. Their exposure to love and affection early is typically reflected by healthy behavior, and likewise, violence and toxic stress can create many difficulties for them.” The social-emotional development module will provide participants with milestones of typical and atypical social-emotional development, an understanding of how to recognize when to make a referral, and general resources for referrals. “Osteopathic physicians are uniquely qualified to address the social-emotional development of the child,” Dr. Cyrus notes. “However, they must take the time to be aware of the developmental pitfalls facing children and help guide parents to a healthy solution.” More in Patient Care What med students need to know about the business of medicine A DO and business expert discusses creating a personal development plan, homing in on a positive mindset and learning the business fundamentals necessary to navigate bureaucratic tasks. Halloween horror in the ED—Scary happenings during residency Despite my limited experience in residency, I have already encountered some scary stories to share, along with reviews of treatment options and some warnings we can all heed. Previous articleOne-year grace period for ICD-10 ends Oct. 1, 2016 Next articleAre you reporting for PQRS in 2016? Here's why you should.