“An attentive response is critical to
young children,” says Melanie Berry,
a researcher with the University of
Oregon and Oregon Social Learning
Center, “because serve and return
promotes healthy development.”
Berry helps Oregon parents
understand serve and return with
the FIND (short for filming
interaction to nurture development)
program. Created by Dr. Phil Fisher
at the University of Oregon, FIND
Children develop andlearn through serveand returnWhen parents and other caregiversrespond sensitively to a child, the child issurrounded by positive serve and returnexchanges.
Serve and return exchanges take placethroughout our lives, but are criticalin early childhood because they’re thebuilding blocks for a healthy brain,says Carole Anne Hapchyn, an infantpsychiatrist with Child, Adolescentand Family Mental Health (CASA) inEdmonton. “The quality of that back andforth connectedness builds a baby’sbrain,” she says.
This is known as brain architecture.
Children also need serve and return
exchanges to help them learn how to:
(such as learning to sit, stand and
•;Develop;fine;motor;skills;(such;aslearning to hold a pencil and tieshoes).
When you soothe and calm a childthrough serve and return interactions,he also learns a key life lesson—relationships and connections with othersare essential.
Without caring and nurturing serveand return exchanges, the architectureof the brain can be affected, as theseexperiences play a key role in how achild learns, feels and behaves as well ashis overall health and relationships withothers.
— Colleen Biondi with files fromTerry Bullick
Serve and return can be between a child
and any caring, familiar adult in his life