CONversation Cards© were created to enhance communication between parents and healthcare professionals working in pediatric weight management. They are conversation starters designed to help parents identify the biggest challenges they face when addressing issues related to their children's weight and health. Once parents identify their challenges, healthcare professionals can align their counseling and interventions with the issues that are most important to families.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if a family selects over five cards, how am I supposed to address them all?
If a family has selected over five cards, it may be an indication that they are overwhelmed with the number of things they are faced with relating to weight management. This is important because you do not want to provide them with more information if they already feel an overload. It may be useful to ask them to look over the selected cards again and select their top 3. This helps to set the top priorities while also keeping in mind how the family is feeling.
How can I help a family that has selected cards relating to physical activity, if I am a Dietitian?
It is important to tell the family that you see that they are struggling around issues dealing with physical activity. Perhaps offer them some resources (website, pamphlets) to address the immediate need. However, explain to them that nutrition is also important and go over some basic ideas with them. The key is to realize that they may not see nutrition as a priority at the moment, therefore keep things simple and hopefully next time they will have different needs.
Can I remove cards from the deck or only use certain sections of the deck?
While you can adjust the deck to your needs, the cards were developed to provide a holistic view of what families may be experiencing in weight management, while maintaining a manageable number of cards. As such, many sections only address some possible issues and may not be appropriate to use on their own.
Ball GDC, Farnesi BC, Newton AS, Holt NL, Gellar J, Johnson ST Matteson C, Sharma AM, Finegood DT. Join the conversation! The development and preliminary application of Conversation Cards© in pediatric weight management. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.02.002. [Epub ahead of print].
Farnesi BC, Ball GDC, Newton MS. Family-professional relations in pediatric weight management: An integrative review. Pediatric Obesity 2012;7:175-86.
Farnesi BC, Newton MS, Holt NL, Sharma AM, Ball GDC. Exploring collaboration between clinicians and parents to optimize pediatric weight management. Patient Education and Counselling 2012;87(1):10-7
There cards were developed by researchers and clinicians at the University of Alberta and Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
We are always looking to improve these cards and welcome your feedback. Please send suggestions, comments or questions to Dr. Geoff Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org).