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Managing Behavior at Home

By: Becky Anderson Families who have children on the Autism Spectrum may be challenged with managing their child’s behaviors at home. These behaviors might include tantrums, aggression, and/or meltdowns. Behavior is often a form of communication and most typically serves a function. The first step in attempting to eliminate or decrease the behavior is to …

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Helping Children with Cerebral Palsy Transition into the School Year

Jenna Gehrdes is a member of the Community Outreach team at Cerebral Palsy Guide. The organization provides free educational information, financial options and emotional support for parents and children affected by cerebral palsy. Whether this is your child’s first year or fifth, it’s important to make sure your child is getting the education and care …

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Developing Handwriting Skills

Did you know? Crawling, playing with blocks and learning the alphabet song actually help develop handwriting skills down the road. As your child gets older, finger painting and coloring with markers and crayons help fine tune motor skills and prepare your child for handwriting success!

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Asthma in Children

Mel Hendrickson and Kelsey Rinzel Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the airways. In children, it is the leading cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and missed school days. Asthma can be a life threatening disease if it is not properly managed. Symptoms of Asthma Frequent coughing spells which may occur at night, …

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Does Your Child W-Sit?

Does your child w-sit? While it’s OK for your child to move in and out of the w-sit position, it’s important to encourage him/her to change positions while playing. This allows your child to strengthen core muscles and reduce strain on hips and knees.

Introducing new foods

Introducing new foods to your weekly menu can be challenging.  Getting children to try new foods can be just as tough. Children typically need to be exposed to a new food six to 10 times … sometimes more. Learn some tips for introducing new foods to your child and making meal time a fun food …

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Learning Through Play

Through play, a child has the opportunity to engage his imagination and explore his surroundings. But, play also helps to enhance a child’s concentration, attention, creativity and overall cognitive development. The video below offers examples of everyday play that are not only fun, but also encourage healthy development. Related articles and videos: Promoting Cognitive Development  …

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If Your Name is…Song

Songs are a fun way to educate your child and improve social skills. The song featured in the following video encourages children to engage with their peers, learn about body parts and use their skills in listening and following directions. Related videos: The Bubble Gum Song 5 Little Monkeys Song The Tooth Brushing Song

The Bubble Gum Song

Singing songs can enhance your child’s development in many ways. “The Bubblegum Song,” featured in the following video, teaches about body parts, enhances vocabulary and listening skills and promotes following directions. Related Videos and Articles: The Tooth Brushing Song 5 Little Monkeys Song The Effect of Music on Childhood Development

When Should I Use Sign Language with my Child?

Using sign language helps children learn about vocabulary before they’re able to speak and communicate effectively without frustration. Watch the following video to learn some simple signs to teach your child during the process of language development. Related articles and videos: How Puzzles Help Your Child’s Development 5 Little Monkeys Song Promoting Cognitive Development Through …

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When Should My Baby Crawl?

Crawling is your baby’s first opportunity to move around independently and get ready to walk. Watch the following video to learn what you can do to help prepare your baby for crawling and stay safe while doing it. Related video on early childhood development: When Should My Baby Sit up? 

When Should My Baby Sit Up?

Sitting up is your baby’s first step to crawling, standing and learning to walk. Watch the following video to learn when your baby should start sitting up and how you can support the process. Related articles on early child development: Appropriate Play and Activities for a Baby Helping Your Child’s Speech Development Transitioning Your Child …

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