Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: What is meant by giving Language to the point?
Rene Hackney: When children are very young in 12-24 month old range, often times when they see something they are excited about they ll point and they might grunt if they don t give the words. So, let s say, you are out of the park and child see a puppy dog and they go. Instead of what most parents tend to do, they tend to say, Wow! That s a dog. they jump in and give the label right away, to allow their child to come up with a language on their own.
They want parents to either say Look or what s that? giving the pointing Language because hopefully, you want the child to eventually, say Look or what s that? and then parents hesitate for few seconds before they say That s a dog. The hesitation allows the child to think about what that word is and someday, they might actually come with it.
When the parent says Look. the child might say Dog. which gives them that opportunity.