Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ηow to Get Your Kids to Listen without Yelling

Whether you’re a new parent or a veteran one, you know that yelling usually makes a situation worse – not better – yet somehow it still happens. Sometimes it happens a lot.
When it comes to getting children to listen, it’s mostly how you say things rather than what you’re actually saying. However, using positive words instead of negative ones will yield the best results. For example, instead of saying “no running”, say “walk, please”. Or, you can say “walking feet only, please”.

Friday, September 30, 2016

10 Things Teachers Can Do For Students with Tourette Syndrome

It may surprise you to learn that you probably have taught a student with Tourette Syndrome (TS), and will likely again. Often teachers and school personnel, as well as physicians and families, miss the symptoms that are associated with TS. Studies estimate that 1 in 160 (0.6%) school-aged children in the United States have TS.

Friday, August 26, 2016

What is it like to have dyspraxia?

  What is dyspraxia? In this article, we are not just going to describe dyspraxia to you but also try to get you to imagine what it is like to be dyspraxic. We would just like to point out that everyone with dyspraxia is, of course, unique so please don’t assume that every single person will experience every single difficulty!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

To Baby Talk or Not?

The term “Baby Talk” first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1836, so it has been around for a long time.  It is probably something your parent’s did with you and their parent’s did with them; thus, making it hard to stop the pattern.  Plus, it is also common to see parents and caregivers talking to their little ones in this way on TV shows and movies.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Three Quick Solutions to Decrease School Anxiety

 The sun is setting a little bit earlier.  The stores are filling their aisles with binders, pens and paper.  The furthest thing from your child’s mind is starting another school year.  And if it is brought up, it may elicit school anxiety.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Autism and Schizophrenia: Related Disorders

The clinical connections between schizophrenia (SCZ) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have long been recognized. More than a century ago, Bleuler ascribed 4 primary symptoms to the group of disorders he termed “schizophrenia”:
1)  autism (turning inward to oneself)
2)  ambivalence
3)  affective disturbance
4)   and loosening of associations

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that has an effect not only on literacy skills in students´ first language, but also on foreign language learning. In order to ensure that dyslexic students successfully acquire necessary levels of foreign language competence, they need additional support.

Foreign language teachers often lack sufficient understanding of the nature of dyslexia and the difficulties it causes in foreign language learning and are not familiar with the relevant teaching techniques and methods to further the language learning processes of dyslexic students.
Therefore the preparation of teacher training materials for this target group of language learners is both timely and highly needed.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Setting Limits the Montessori Way

By Rubi

Being a mother is one of the biggest challenges I will ever have.  In my opinion, caring for a tiny human being could be one of the most rewarding things in the world and the most stressful thing at the same time.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL BORN IN 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s! How on earth did you manage to survive?

This is an open letter to all of the kids who managed to survive the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s!

First, somehow, by some miracle, you survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried you …simply because no one said that was required. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Parental guide to build confidence in kids

Building self-confidence in kids is one of the most important things parents can do. Self-dignity lets children feel proud of themselves; it lets them hold their heads high. This belief in self-leads to the courage to try new things. Self-morale really affects every aspect of a person’s life because it affects how you value yourself and those around you. Fostering healthy self-esteem in children is a step to helping them have decent lives.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Social Stories Intervention on Playing Games and on the Social Skills

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is a neurobiological disorder, have features that are apparent in early childhood. The most obvious feature of ASD is difficulty with social interactions (cf. Kuoch & Mirenda, 2003).
On one side of the spectrum are children who wish to be alone and avoid other people; on the other side are those who wish to communicate with others but do not know how to initiate and maintain communication, and thus, their communication is usually inappropriate.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

List Of 40 Free Educational Websites

The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills.  You just have to know where to look.  
Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for such sites, but this great list of 40 useful links will save you some time and can help you learn a lot for free:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Not all children can learn in the same way: Kids with ADHD need movements

Children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) are always being told to sit still and concentrate, but new research has revealed that they actually need to move in order to learn. Forcing them to stay still is counterproductive.

In fact, small movements such as fidgeting, squirming, leg-swinging, foot-tapping and chair-scuffling may be vital to remembering information and working out complex tasks. The new research contradicts the long-term guidelines for how to deal with children with ADHD, and suggests that incorporating things such as activity balls or treadmill desks to the classroom could help certain students perform better.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tips To Help A Toddler With A Speech Delay

For the purpose of this article, a toddler refers to children between the ages of 18 and 30 months (give or take a few months).  However, many of the following tips will work for other age groups as well.
Before geting into the tips, we need to make sure you understand the difference between speech and language, as many people will say “my toddler has a speech delay” when they actually are referring to a language delay.  So here is a very brief overview to show you the differences between speech and language development:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Screaming, Grounding and Spanking: Does old-fashioned discipline work?

The knee-jerk reaction when our kids misbehave is often to do exactly what we got as kids. The question is, do these old-school discipline tools stand the test of time?
“Parenting can be trying and difficult at times, and moms and dads find themselves behaving or considering behavior they would not have resorted to in normal circumstances,” explains Adelle Cadieux, Psy.D., a pediatric psychologist at Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

9 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child

Positive Reinforcement: Learn what phrases to banish from your vocabulary and how to talk so your kids will really listen.
I was trying to do two things at once—cook (in the kitchen) while deciphering some paperwork (in the next room). I'd been interrupted a thousand times with requests for snacks, shrieks over spilled paint water, questions about what squirrels like to eat, and arguments over whether clouds could be blue and flowers could be green. And did I mention that a ruptured disk in my back was throbbing even worse than my head?
Still, nothing can excuse my behavior that afternoon.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Speech and Language Development Milestones: Children 0-4 years

Babies, toddlers and children all go through various stages when it comes to learning language  and vary in their development of speech and language skills. However, they follow a natural progression or timetable for mastering the skills of language. 

A checklist of milestones for the normal development of speech and language skills in children from birth to 4 years of age is included below. We definitely haven’t covered everything here, but this should give you a general idea about the stages infants, toddlers and children go through with regards to language development up to the age of 4.  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

ADHD: Top 9 Common Misconceptions You Didn’t Know

ADHD has become one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders of the modern day, but there are still a ton of misconceptions circulating about this particular condition. To fill you in on everything you need to know about the truth on ADHD, we are here to debunk any of the myths you may have heard. All you have to do is keep reading!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tourette's: What is it?

Honor Whiteman  

What do you know about Tourette's Syndrome? That it causes involuntary swearing? While this is true in some cases, there is so much more to the neurological condition than most people realize. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Prenatal Exposure to Household Chemicals Hurts Kids’ Cognitive and Behavioral Development

Liam Davenport

Exposure to common household chemicals such as those found in nonstick cooking pans, upholstery, carpet pads, and electronics during pregnancy may lead to poorer cognitive and behavioral development during childhood, new research shows.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

How to Become More Effective Parents

by Gavin Bollard -
As new parents, we mostly start out with a fairly positive parenting style. Everybody knows that babies cry a lot, so we’re more or less prepared for the initial onslaught. When it threatens to overtake us, there’s often someone willing to help out, after all, babies are cute.
As time goes on, and the crying continues and the nappies get larger, it gets harder and harder to get support. It’s hardly surprising that so many couples break up when their kids are in the “terrible two’s”.  It’s a very hard time for the whole family.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Big Discipline Mistakes Parents Make and How to Fix Them

You know the drill: You give your child an ultimatum—"Get dressed or we're staying home!"—and naturally she says, "Okay, we'll stay home!" Might as well plant a big "L" on your forehead. We all see our discipline efforts backfire on occasion (hey, you're tired!), and of course there are those battles just not worth fighting (no kid ever flunked preschool because his teeth were furry). But you do need to prove you're the parent at least some of the time. Learning to avoid these discipline land mines can help you hop to it.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Secondhand smoke puts kids at 3 times the risk of developing ADHD

Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home are up to three times more likely to have attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) as unexposed kids, according to a new study from Spain.

New research suggests that young kids growing up in a tobacco smokey home are three times more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) than those who aren’t, and the link is stronger in those who have more than a couple of hours exposure each day. 

"We showed a significant and substantial dose-response association between (secondhand smoke) exposure in the home and a higher frequency of global mental problems," the team concludes in the journal Tobacco Control.

Friday, May 13, 2016

6 Signs of Speech Delay In Your Toddler

Every parent waits eagerly for their toddler’s first word. Not only is it cute, but it also gives your baby an ability to express his or her wants and needs. This is probably the best moment of any parent’s life, to hear their toddler speak for the first time.
While this is common, it is also true that there are many toddlers who face speech delay. If your toddler is still waiting to speak the first word, don’t panic yet.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Discipline Strategies – Helping Boys With Their Temper

How We Are Helping Our Beloved 8 Year Old Boy With His Temper.

I have often joked to friends that our second child was born so that we would realise this parenting thing is tricky. Our (now 11 year old) daughter, apart from some early sleeping issues, has been a dream and now that we are heading into the teens with her I do wonder what she’s got in store! Our son is a delight in his own way however, whilst we are often complimented on his behaviour outside the home, at home his stubbornness and the way he deals with anger leave some considerable room for improvement. Lately we have yet again ‘re-tweaked’ our methodology and have had some good results. This is what works for us and our gorgeous boy:

Monday, May 9, 2016

3 Easy Steps to Help us Raise Happy Kids

We all strive to ensure we raise happy kids... New research suggests that if a child's parents (that's you!) are happy, if his classmates are cheery, if his neighborhood pals are smiley, then he's more likely to be sunny, too. Here are three easy steps to help us along the way to keep our child in the happy-go-lucky loop:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Not all children can learn in the same way: Kids with ADHD need to move in order to learn

Children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) are always being told to sit still and concentrate, but new research has revealed that they actually need to move in order to learn. Forcing them to stay still is counterproductive.

In fact, small movements such as fidgeting, squirming, leg-swinging, foot-tapping and chair-scuffling may be vital to remembering information and working out complex tasks. The new research contradicts the long-term guidelines for how to deal with children with ADHD, and suggests that incorporating things such as activity balls or treadmill desks to the classroom could help certain students perform better.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Things You Should Never Do During a Toddler Tantrum

Two words that strike fear in the hearts of moms everywhere: Toddler tantrum. They always seem to happen in the worst of places at the worst of times. The good news, however, is that you can actually foresee a tantrum coming and try to head it off before it happens. "One of the best things you can do is to think ahead and see if you can figure out what sets your child off," says Tovah Klein, PhD, and author of How Toddlers Thrive. "If you know some aspects that increase the chances of a tantrum, such as missing a nap or being hungry, try to prepare ahead to avoid them."

Friday, April 29, 2016

Maternal Depression Linked to Risky Behavior in Kids

Deborah Brauser
Maternal depression during an offspring’s childhood is significantly associated with risky health behaviors during adolescence, new research suggests.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Involving Kids in Cleaning Chores

Kids need to do some chores. All of us had to when we were kids ourselves. Some people disagree, but doing some chores that are appropriate to a child’s age and abilities can even help with building self confidence. Sharing the work, make it fun, laugh through it, kids will feel really good about the accomplishment when it’s done. These are learning skills that raise their self esteem and will serve your children well in the years ahead. In other words, it is a necessary part of instilling independence and responsibility within them.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Video shows what it's like to live with autism... Can you make it to the end?

A video has been made to convey the experience of living with autism. The video highlights the sensory overload experienced by many autistic people during everyday activities.

Understand autism, the person and what to do. The short film, entitled 'Can you make it to the end?', was released by The National Autistic Society to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

How can I tell if my child has a learning disability?

Sometimes what you worry may be a learning disability is just a temporary setback that your child will outgrow. But it's best not to wait and see. You'll be doing your child a favor if you trust your instincts and you don’t ignore the concerns you have now. Early intervention can make a big difference in your child's future.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Doctor Said He Was “Sorry” My Adorable Identical Twins Had Down Syndrome, But I Wouldn’t Trade Them for Anything

School: The tiny twins are starting at a mainstream school
Every child is special, and Jodi and Matt Parry know that even better than most parents. They are mum and dad to identical twin girls, Abigail and Isobel, who also have Down’s syndrome – the chances of which are two MILLION to one.

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?

A young girl looks at school stationery in a supermarket in Nice August 23, 2012. The new school year will start on September 4 in France.
The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Does That Tic Mean Trouble?

Throat-clearing, twirling, eye-blinking -- an odd childhood tic is often just a passing phase. Here's how to know whether your child's habit is a sign of something serious.

When Amy Rea's son, Michael, was 10 years old, he started making a funny little sound in the back of his throat. The Eden Prairie, MN, mom chalked the sound up to a sore throat or the common cold, but it persisted for several weeks, and Michael claimed he felt fine. Then Amy learned that one of Michael's classmates had asked to be moved to another desk on the other side of the classroom because the throat-clearing was disrupting his concentration. Another classmate commented that Michael sounded like her cat. Amy started pointing out the noise to Michael whenever he made it at home, and asking him to stop, but focusing on the habit only seemed to make it worse. That's when she decided it was time to take her son to the doctor.

Monday, February 29, 2016

10 Tips To Get Your Students To Sit Quietly In Class

It can be hard to get children to sit still in circle time or at a desk. Ideally, we can take the time to see why a child may be having trouble. For those that are young, fidgety or distracted, we need to know they are not doing it to bother us, and we need to have strategies to help them be more attentive.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sensory Strategies for Kids with ADHD

Sensory strategies are one of the most common and least invasive suggestions made to assist children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  (ADHD) function more successfully in their day to day lives. Because of the increased awareness surrounding ADHD, it has become a popular topic for many professionals. While this means that there is an ever-growing supply of research and increasing amount of resources for parents, teachers and medical professionals to reference; it also has the potential to be both overwhelming and confusing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Why Boredom is Good for Kids

“Mom, I’m bored.”
Makes you feel put on the spot, right? You might even feel like you're a bad parent. Most of us feel responsible when we hear this from our children and want to solve this "problem" right away. We respond to our kids’ boredom by providing technological entertainment or structured activities. But that's actually counter-productive. Children need to encounter and engage with the raw stuff that life is made of: unstructured time.

Friday, February 12, 2016

How to Raise a Smart Kid Who Loves to Learn

How can you raise a smart child who loves to learn? Many people believe that intelligence is static; either you're smart or you're not. But it turns out that intelligence is like a muscle: it can be developed with use. What's more, if you believe that's true, your brain has more potential!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

3 Ways to Use Play to Get Kids to Behave

Parenting can get overwhelming.  When kids don't do what they're supposed to, you can may be tempted to blow your top; or you may feel very down.  Fortunately, here's a third option. Parent in a playful way that engages kids' cooperation. Yet how can parents stay in charge if they aren't going to turn into tyrants?  It's hard enough to figure out how to communicate with your spouse.  How do you communicate with kids who aren't listening to you?

Kids and Food- 10 key rules for parents

Research shows that family meals have a big impact on what children eat as they grow into adulthood and start making food choices of their own. Parents often are confused and might need some help understanding what it means to eat healthy. The good news is that you don't need a degree in nutrition to raise healthy kids. Following some basic guidelines can help you encourage your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight.
Here are 10 key rules to live by:
1.     Parents control the supply lines. You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them. Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids won't go hungry. They'll eat what's available in the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isn't all that nutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they don't feel deprived.
2.     From the foods you offer, kids get to choose what they will eat or whether to eat at all. Kids need to have some say in the matter. Schedule regular meal and snack times. From the selections you offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want. This may seem like a little too much freedom. But if you follow step 1, your kids will be choosing only from the foods you buy and serve.
3.     Quit the "clean-plate club." Let kids stop eating when they feel they've had enough. Lots of parents grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn't help kids listen to their own bodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they're less likely to overeat.
4.     Start them young. Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety. Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies. You may need to serve a new food a few different times for a child to accept it. Don't force a child to eat, but offer a few bites. With older kids, ask them to try one bite.
5.     Rewrite the kids' menu. Who says kids only want to eat hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and macaroni and cheese? When eating out, let your kids try new foods and they might surprise you with their willingness to experiment. You can start by letting them try a little of whatever you ordered or ordering an appetizer for them to try.
6.     Drink calories count. Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water and milk are the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when it's 100%, but kids don't need much of it — 4 to 6 ounces a day is enough for preschoolers.
7.     Put sweets in their place. Occasional sweets are fine, but don't turn dessert into the main reason for eating dinner. When dessert is the prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on the cupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods.
8.     Food is not love. Find better ways to say "I love you." When foods are used to reward kids and show affection, they may start using food to cope with stress or other emotions. Offer hugs, praise, and attention instead of food treats.
9.     Kids do as you do. Be a role model and eat healthy yourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible. Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don't skip meals.
10.  Limit TV and computer time. When you do, you'll avoid mindless snacking and encourage activity. Research has shown that kids who cut down on TV-watching also reduced their percentage of body fat. When TV and computer time are limited, they'll find more active things to do. And limiting "screen time" means you'll have more time to be active together.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: September 2015