Thursday, January 29, 2015

How do you encourage communication with your child?

I know, I said I was going to get better and posting more often. I've had a lot of evals lately so they have to take priority. :)

Here is a great article with 17 different ideas for you to try when working on communication with your child. This article is from the Friendship Circle, a resource for families with children who have special needs. They have lots of good things on their site, you should check them out. 

17 Ways to Encourage Communication With Your Special Needs Child.

You might like this one too:
23 Ways to Communicate With a Non-Verbal Child

I was just talking to a parent about communication and non-verbal children. One thing I mentioned was that kids may not have words but I haven't met one yet who isn't trying to tell you something. They use eye gaze, pointing, grunting, pulling you by the hand, body language, pauses, jabbering, gestures, and so many more. 

We just have to teach ourselves to tune into what they are telling us. The more we respond to their non-verbal communication the more they begin to understand that they are getting their point across and start to associate that with words. Usually kids don't talk because they don't need to, physically can't, or just don't see the point.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holidays - Full of Fun or Fear?

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As parents we take our kids to the malls and stand in long lines to see if maybe this year we can get that cute photo of our little one sitting on Santa's knee. So many kids are scared to death of Santa. Think about it, here is they very large man with a very furry face, you have no idea who he is but your mom hands you over to him. So not only has she blithely given you to some stranger, he gets right in your face and says "Ho ho ho". I think I'd be a bit scared too. 

Here's another scenario:  We get in the car with the rest of our family and are off to see our relatives. Of course as very little children, we don't really understand what that means. We get to a house we've never been to before (remember that we have short memories at this young age) and there are HUNDREDS of people that we don't know (ok, maybe not hundreds but remember that we are very small and they are very very tall). And our parents wonder why we want to hide in the closet or under the table or behind them in the chair. It can be so very overwhelming.

I recieved a link in my email to an article written by Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. Co-founder, the Baby Signs® Program and Professor Emeritus, UC Davis. It has some pretty good advice and ideas for us as parents to help our kids make it through the holiday season with everyone's sanity still intact.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

10 Halloween Safety Tips

These tips come from an article found on Parenting Special Needs . To view the entire article please follow this link: 10 Halloween Safety Tips

  1. Select a costume that makes your child easily visible in the dark to improve Halloween safety.
  2. Double check that your children can see ok with their mask or costume on.
  3. Helping your children to become familiar with the trick or treat route will enhance Halloween safety.
  4. Looking to make sure costumes don't trip your child will boost Halloween Safety for Kids.
  5. Use the buddy system for children with special needs.
  6. Make sure that costumes for children with special needs are comfortable.
  7. Teach Halloween Safety and Manners for children with special needs.
  8. Dress properly for the weather for ultimate safety and fun!
  9. Select flame retardant costumes to maximize safety.
  10. Prepare kids so they won't be afraid.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tummy Time and Your Baby's Sensory System

We all know that we are supposed to put our babies on their tummies during the day, but most people don't really know why.  For one thing, it helps develop the shoulder and arm muscles needed for crawling and later fine motor skills like writing. The less tummy time your baby gets, the later they will crawl and walk. Most babies really don't like being on their tummy very much so as parents we need to make it a more enjoyable time. Here is a link to an article that gives you many ways to can make tummy time a fun time as well as some reasons why it is so important to a baby's development.

How Tummy Time Can Help Develop Your Baby’s Sensory System

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Great Websites for Kids

Whether you and your kids are looking for websites that have  homework help, safe sites to play games on, sites that have lots of volunteer opportunities in your area, sites that have safe social networking and email for kids, watch kids TV shows, look up health information, or you are looking for online music sites, this page has them for you!   

Click here to link to the site

On this page are 18 different sections that have websites by category. Here is a screen shot of the first 6:

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Friday, May 3, 2013

Baby's First Year Milestones

Fun Baby Firsts: The Exciting Milestones of Baby's First Year  (title is a link)

webinar from the Minnesota Working Family Resource Center (another link)

Watching your new baby grow and develop is such a joyful part of parenthood.  Learn about the amazing leaps and bounds your baby will make in the first year, and how to promote development.  Parents will learn when to seek help for concerns, and how to access community resources dealing with development. 

Presenter: Sara Pearce, RN CNM IBCLC Amma Parenting Center 

Sara is the founder of Amma Parenting Center, as well as Director of Education. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University. A Registered Nurse since 1995 and Certified Nurse-Midwife since 1997, Sara practiced OB nursing and midwifery in North Carolina and Minnesota until 2001, when she shifted focus to education. She founded Amma Parenting Center in 2007 to bring the New Mama Class to new mothers and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.   You can click on the title or this link to go to the registration page.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How Do You Talk About Traumatic Events With Your Little Ones?

Over the winter there was a horrible school shooting, before that a shooting at a movie theater. Now there were bombs at the Boston Marathon. And on our daily morning and evening news there are numerous stories about killings and shootings and hit and runs and...... 

We try to shield our children as best we can because we know that they really don't need to hear and see all of the violence in the format the news media projects it. But you know that there are other adults out there that don't see the little ears and little eyes and they talk about events and watch news stories where children can hear. 

At different ages children are able to handle different aspects of trauma. I received an article in my email that I wanted to share because it's perfect. It talks about the different developmental levels of children and what they understand and can handle regarding trauma in their lives.

Here is a link to the article I mentioned. It is an excellent article, well worth reading.