5 Little Monkeys Song

Music helps stimulate cognitive, emotional and physical development in children. Singing songs, like the one featured in the following video, is an excellent way for you to engage with your child through music and enhance skills in vocabulary and memory.

Handwashing

Proper handwashing is one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of germs and keep yourself and others from getting sick.  But, your usual practice of handwashing may not be effective enough to get rid of germs.  Watch the following video to make sure you and your children are using the …

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Car Seat Safety

It is estimated that only 1 in 10 car seats are installed correctly.  We all want our children to be safe when riding in the car, but choosing the right car seat and making sure it is properly installed can be confusing.  Watch the following video on car seat safety to help you choose the …

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Separation Anxiety

Heather Rotolo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Sarah Wittmann, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor It is typical and developmentally appropriate for children to experience stress or anxiety when separated from their parents. When children are young, their parent(s) are their secure base and it is difficult for them to understand that, when they are left in …

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The Tooth Brushing Song

Are you having trouble getting your child to brush his teeth?  “The Tooth Brushing Song,” featured in the following video, is a great way to teach your child the importance of tooth brushing and make a boring task a little more fun. Do you use “sing songs” to help make every day chores more fun …

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You Can Make Playdough

Children love playing with playdough.  It gives them an opportunity to use their imaginations, create their own sculptures and even strengthen fine motor skills.  Watch the following video to see how easy it is for adults and children to make homemade playdough.  Minimal effort is required for endless hours of fun. What is your favorite …

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Fighting Childhood Obesity

Over the last 30 years, the childhood obesity rate in the United States has nearly tripled. With more than one third of children currently classified as overweight, our country is facing an increasing list of future health concerns.  Overweight children face potential health risks such as: Cardiovascular disease High cholesterol High blood pressure Pre-diabetes Type …

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Childhood Ear Infections

What is an ear infection? An ear infection happens when the Eustachian tube, the passage connecting the middle ear to the back of the throat, becomes blocked. When this tube is healthy, it fills with air and prevents the build-up of fluid behind the ear drum.  When the tube becomes blocked, due to a respiratory …

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Childhood Fevers

What is a fever? Fever is determined by a rectal temperature over 100.4 F or 38.0 C and is one of the most common reasons for child emergency rooms visits.  Fever in a child may indicate serious illness, but more commonly fever is caused by infections that are easily treated.  If a fever is extremely …

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It’s Reading Time!

The ultimate goal of learning how to read is to build understanding.  It is important to provide opportunities to read aloud to your child and inspire him or her to practice every day.  Here are some tips to make reading time with your child an enjoyable and educational experience: Read with expression. Use humor and …

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What is Medically Fragile?

A child is defined as “medically fragile” when, due to abuse or neglect, illness, congenital disorder or brain injury, he/she requires medications, treatments and/or specialized care or equipment. Some conditions that may qualify a child as medically fragile are: Fetal alcohol syndrome Chronic conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Down syndrome or post organ transplant care …

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Helping Your Child Eat Right

Mindy Schaefer, M.A., Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Language Pathology There are reasons why toddlers and young children can be “picky” eaters.  Often parents will say “he loved that food yesterday and now he won’t touch it.”  Why is this?  We know that in the first year of life infants go through rapid growth …

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is autism? Autism is a disability that affects how children relate to others.  It is believed that about one of every 166 children is born with autism or are likely to develop it.  Autism affects children of all races, however four times more boys are diagnosed with autism than girls. What does it mean …

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