Benefits of Playdough

By |2021-11-24T02:34:38-05:00November 23, 2021|Early Childhood Development|

Playdough is one of those inventions that is not only fun to play with, but also helps in your child’s development. Although it is a mess to clean up, playdough has a wide range of developmental, learning, and sensory benefits for children. These are the following benefits your children can get when playing with the playdough:   Develop fine motor skills When children are playing with the playdough, rolling, squishing or poking it, they are building strength in the muscles in their fingers and hands. This will help them in holding a pencil, coloring or manipulating items such as scissors, and [...]

Benefits of Outdoor Play

By |2021-11-17T01:51:04-05:00November 17, 2021|Early Childhood Development|

Playing is an important factor when it comes to early childhood development. Playing outdoors can have benefits for children’s social and emotional development. It can also assist children in developing their ability to share, interact and learn new things. Playing outside have the following benefits: Develop athletic abilities Outdoor play is important as it encourages children to exercise their bodies. Running around in the local park or jumping, they are challenging their bodies, which helps to strengthen their muscles. Having a lot of space outdoors, children can crawl under bushes, and ride bikes. Playing outside also improves a child’s coordination, alertness [...]

Signs of Autism in Toddlers

By |2021-11-10T02:15:34-05:00November 9, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically appears in the early ages of an individual, and may be diagnosed as early as 14 months. An autistic may show developmental differences while growing up in the way they behave, communicate and interact. Following are some of the signs that should be observed in a toddler’s behavior to be able to catch the disorder early on. No eye contact One of the signs of autism spectrum disorder in a toddler is that he or she may lack eye contact behavior. An autistic may make little to no eye contact during infancy. Not responding to their [...]

Autism Strengths and Abilities

By |2021-11-03T02:11:57-04:00November 2, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is frequently misunderstood with people focusing more on facing the challenges, rather than the many strengths it brings. While, an autistic individual may face challenges, they may also have autistic traits such as excellent long-term memory, visual and observational skills among several. Some autistics have a unique set of skills and abilities, which once determined, can greatly improve yours and your child's life. Here are some examples of strengths associated with autism: Attention to detail           An autistic individual may be attuned to details. They may have a very good eye for details which helps them focus on a [...]

Importance of Early Intervention

By |2021-10-27T04:47:17-04:00October 27, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Early intervention refers to the phase where you provide services and support that will help babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. These delays can include speech therapy, physical therapy, autism, etc. Early intervention in your child’s life is beneficial when it comes to their development. Treating the communication and language difficulties early in children can prevent the potential problems with their behavior, learning, reading, and social interaction. Early intervention helps the children enhance their abilities while also enabling them to learn new skills. Here are a few benefits of early intervention that can help the child and the family. [...]

Toilet Training Strategies for Autistic Children

By |2021-10-22T03:55:34-04:00October 22, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Be it for typical kids or kids with disorders; potty training is a tough task. Autistic children have developmental delays, because of which they usually face more difficulties than normal kids during the process of toilet training, taking longer than usual. Often, autistics also have trouble breaking their long-term routine of using a diaper. Plus, because of their limited verbal abilities, they face a challenge when it comes to toilet training and can develop anxiety around toileting. Here are a few strategies that can train your child with special needs to be self-sufficient when it comes to their toilet needs. Social [...]

Activities to Promote Eye Contact

By |2021-10-11T11:37:53-04:00October 11, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Eye contact is a very important skill when communicating. It tells the other person that you are listening to them and invested in the conversation. It is also used to gain others’ attention while helping you understand how the other person feels. Children with autism disorder usually have difficulty communicating, so they find it hard to maintain eye contact and face challenges in interacting. You can’t force a child to make eye contact; however, few activities can help promote eye contact. Face Painting Face painting makes you come physically closer to your child, encouraging eye contact. You can take turns and [...]

Signs of Autism in Babies and Toddlers

By |2021-09-29T02:35:22-04:00September 29, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Often, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show developmental alterations when they are babies, particularly in social, linguistic, and behavioral skills. Some toddlers even interact differently or may not interact at all with others. Babies can start showing signs of ASD as early as two months of age. Since autism is a spectrum, one child with the disorder will not have the same symptoms as the other children with autism. The symptoms in children vary a lot. Here are some common signs of autism in babies and toddlers. Limited interaction with caregivers or people in general Babies usually interact with their [...]

Strategies for Helping an Anxious Child

By |2021-09-08T03:16:10-04:00September 8, 2021|Recent|

Anxiety in kids is common, but it's not something that should be ignored. When a child is anxious, it is a natural response as a parent to take charge and help them through their anxious thoughts and feelings. However, some parents may not realize that not everything can help lessen their anxiety; some of their actions may even fuel the child's anxiety. Certain strategies can be applied by parents when it comes to helping their anxious children. This will help suppress the feeling and assist in developing coping skills in the child. Blow Bubbles Blowing bubbles is a very simple yet [...]

Strategies to Improve Joint Attention

By |2021-09-08T16:04:59-04:00August 24, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Joint attention refers to the ability to share a common focus on something with someone, including people, objects, concepts, events, etc. It is mainly a social form of communication built up during infancy and continues to grow until early childhood. Joint attention is a significant factor for a child's social development, cognitive development, and language acquisition. Joint attention is important for various things. It is needed to develop eye contact, attention and imitation skills, social interaction, and early language buildup, sharing of knowledge, and shared attention during social interactions. It is common for children with autism to have difficulty with joint [...]

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