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Play Nicely Handout

What is Play Nicely: The Healthy Discipline Program?

"Assume you see one child hit another. What are you going to do?"

The Play Nicely multimedia program lists 20 options for responding to this situation. Using an interactive format, the program provides reasons why some discipline strategies are better than others.

Play Nicely: The Healthy Discipline Handbook is the printed version of the program. This durable handbook has a unique design with tabbed pages for each of the 20 discipline options.

Who can use the Play Nicely program?

Play Nicely is designed for anyone who cares for children ages one to seven. The multimedia program includes separate versions for parents, teachers, and health care professionals.

Who developed Play Nicely?

The program was developed at Vanderbilt University. Program content is based on materials from many sources, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the American Psychological Association.

What are the important features of Play Nicely?

  • It is evidence-based - it works!
  • It is brief, with results possible within five to 10 minutes of viewing.
  • The online multimedia version is free.

How can I obtain the Play Nicely program?

View the free online version or learn more about the handbook at