“Special time” or “time in” is one-on-one time shared by a child or adolescent and a parent or caregiver. It demonstrates the parent’s or caregiver’s enjoyment of spending time together and offers a break from any tensions or caregiver demands, including those resulting from a child’s or teen’s difficult behaviors.

Special time for children aged 2 through 10 works best when it is

Time in for older children and adolescents works best when it has one or more of the following qualities:

Adapted, with permission, from Howard BJ. Guidelines for special time. In: Jellinek M, Patel BP, Froehle MC, eds. Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health—Volume II. Tool Kit. National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health; 2002.

The information contained in this resource should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician...

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