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Grand Rounds: Digital Media and Early Childhood: Implications for Literacy Development


By Jenny Radesky, MD , Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Construct knowledge regarding evidence of negative effects of media on early development. 2. Communicate how quality media can support early literacy and parent-child interactions. 3. Offer skills in counseling parents about digital media use by young children.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses.

Identified Gap:

In 2006, the Ohio Department of Mental health Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Action Task Force stated that continuing education for primary care pediatric professionals will be critical for meeting the behavioral health needs of children since there are no immediate prospects for increasing the numbers of child and adolescent psychiatrists or developmental-behavioral pediatricians in Ohio. The Annual Conference of Development, Behavior and Emotions: Improving Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care addresses the ongoing gaps in knowledge, skills and competence identified at the national, statewide, and local levels.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.