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The PACE Model of Care is an attachment and brain-based parenting approach, developed as an effective way for caregivers to communicate and care for children.

P – Playfulness: This means creating an atmosphere of interest and fun using a light tone of voice, like in story telling. This will trigger chemicals making the child feel safe with the adult.

A – Acceptance: Unconditional acceptance is at the core of a child’s sense of safety to know that they are loved and accepted without judgement. It is important for the child to feel supported, no matter the problem.

C – Curiosity: The adult stays curious about the child’s behaviour, interactions and relationships, with an interest to understand. The adult can wonder out loud and ask about the child’s behaviour without expecting a response.

E – Empathy: The adult shows the child that they are doing their very best to understand how things are and have been. This helps the child make sense of and better understand their emotions, thoughts and behaviour.