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Friday, September 22, 2017

Baby And Toddler Sun Safety: The Facts

Sun safety is important for everyone, but especially for young babies and toddlers.  This article provides helpful information on sun safety for babies and toddlers.  You can read the complete article here.





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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cutting Your Baby's Nails

Most parents are a bit hesitant about cutting their baby's nails.  But it is a task that must and can be done routinely.  This article provides helpful information on the proper way and how often your baby's nails should be trimmed.  You can read the complete article here.http://www.bounty.com/baby-0-to-12-months/health-and-care/cutting-your-babys-nails.



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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!

What am I looking at?
Is this me??
But my eyes are so big.
Oh, I'm doing that?








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Friday, September 15, 2017

Dyslexia

Helping children who struggle.





The National center for Learning Disabilities reports one in five children in the United States has learning and attention issues.  Many of those children have symptoms of dyslexia, a language-based disability that makes it very difficult to learn to read.

Dyslexia can be extremely frustrating for individuals with this condition, as well as their families, teachers and employers.  But with early identification and appropriate instruction, children will be much more likely to reach their full potential in school and in the workplace.

You can help your loved ones, or others who have dyslexia, by understanding the true nature of this learning condition and spreading the word.  A good place to start is by dispelling the myths and misunderstandings that many of us have about dyslexia.

Myth #1:
People with dyslexia see letters in words in reversed or mixed-up order.
Many of us have joked at one time or another about having dyslexia.  Maybe you had trouble writing down a phone number, or you reversed the letters in a word you were trying to spell.  But people with dyslexia do not "read backwards."  Dyslexia does not originate from visual impairments.  Instead, individuals with dyslexia have trouble associating printed letters with the sounds they represent.

However, someone could have one or more of these difficulties and not have dyslexia.  Formal testing of reading, language and writing skills is the only way to confirm a diagnosis of suspected dyslexia.

Individuals with dyslexia have difficulties acquiring and using written language.  Specific problems experienced by people with dyslexia include the following.
+ Learning to speak
+ Learning letters and their sounds
+ Organizing written and spoken language
+ Spelling
+ Memorizing number facts
+ Reading quickly enough to comprehend
+ Correctly doing math operations
+ Persisting with and understanding longer reading assignments
+ Learning a foreign language

Myth #2:
Children with dyslexia will grow out of it -- just wait and see.
If your child has signs of dyslexia, it is critical to find help as soon as possible.  Children may show signs even before they start school, and the earlier dyslexia is identified and they receive help, the more likely they are to keep up with their peers.  Early intervention or additional instruction should begin a early as kindergarten or first grade when the gap is small and the students benefit from the brain';s plasticity, an advantage for learning language-bases kills.  Brain plasticity refers to the brain's ability to learn.  When a student is not achieving at an average rate, additional instruction should be provided immediately to help them catch up.

Structured Literacy instruction involves more than traditional phonics and includes the following elements:
+ Identifying and working with individual speech sounds
+ Linking speech sounds to letters that represent them
+ Breaking words into syllables for reading and spelling
+ Understanding meaningful parts of words, such as prefixes and roots
+ Working with sentence structure
+ Developing vocabulary or knowledge of word meanings
+ Understanding how written language is organized

How is dyslexia diagnosed?
Children can be screened or evaluated for dyslexia by professionals from several disciplines, as long as they are trained to understand the condition.  Evaluation can be conducted by trained school personnel or outside specialists. Current federal guidelines encourage a school to see how a student responds to remedial instruction before undertaking a comprehensive evaluation  This approach is known as Response to Intervention (RTI).  Parents should know, however, that at any point they have the right o request a comprehensive evaluation under federal law, whether or not he student is receiving instruction under an RTI model.

A comprehensive evaluation typically includes cognitive and academic achievement testing, as well as an assessment of the critical underlying language skills that are closely linked to dyslexia.  These include receptive (listening) and expressive language, phonological skills including phonemic awareness and a student's ability to rapidly name letters and numbers.  A student's knowledge of sound-symbol correspondences (phonics), ability to read lists of words in isolation, spelling and fluency in reading passages should also be assessed.

Myth #3:
People with dyslexia are lazy or unintelligent.
When individuals with dyslexia do no do as well as their classmates, teachers and others may assume it is because they have a low IQ, don't care about reading or are lazy.  Unfortunately, these assumptions stand in the way of individuals with dyslexia getting the help they need to overcome the challenges they face.  And, to make matters worse, if they believe these negative labels, the might give up, lose confident and feel bad about themselves, which can make it even harder to succeed.

Final Words
If you are concerned your child might need to be tested, speak up.  Contact your local branch of the International Dyslexia Association to find help in your area.  You might also find help from other parents and families.  Decoding Dyslexia is a grassroots organization of parents who are working very hard to change laws to help children with dyslexia.

Visit HLMS.com for more myths related to dyslexia.





This article was written by Louisa Moats, Ed.D., a board member and officer of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).  She is the author or co-author of many journal articles, books, and policy papers about reading and language difficulties, including Basic Facts About Dyslexia.  She creates professional development for teachers through LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling.)  To learn more about dyslexia and to find help for struggling readers, visit IDA at www.DyslexiaIDA.org and @DyslexiaIDA on social media.


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sibling Beginnings

Use some of these best practices to introduce baby to their new brothers and sisters.

Children over age 3 usually welcome a new baby into the home, either with open arms or as a novelty, but it is not unusual for younger children to be upset for a while.  Here's how to introduce your newest addition to siblings:

Make friends before birth
Play show and tell.  Depending on their level of understanding, tell your children about the new sibling early in your pregnancy,  Show pictures of baby in mommy's uterus.  Out of sight is out of mind to young children, so the unborn baby doesn't threaten their domain, though even a 2-year-old may sense that mommy is preoccupied with what's beneath the belly.  Let them pa the baby bump, talk to the baby and feel the baby kick.

Replay your children's babyhoods
Sit down with your children and page through their baby picture albums.  Show them what they looked like right after birth, coming home from the hospital, nursing, having their diapers changed and so on.  By replaying their own baby events, they will be prepared for the new sibling.

Include children in the celebration
Besides being with mom and the new sibling after the birth (if the children were not t the birth), ask for their help in planning a "birthday party" where they get to pick the cake and decorations and plan special presents for the new arrival.

Include a gift for the older siblings
Savvy visitors who themselves have survived sibling rivalry can bring along a gift for older children when visiting the new baby.  Keep a few small gifts in reserve for your young children when friends lavish presents and attention on the new baby.  Let them be the ones to unwrap the baby gifts and test the rattles.

Time-share with the new sibling
Along with the uncertainty of finding whee they fit into the new scheme of things, what bothers children most is sharing you with the new sibling.  Since the concept of sharing is foreign to children under 3, and since mom is their most important "possession," it's unlikely that you'll be able to sell children on the concept of "time shares" with mother.  You can share the time you spend caring for the baby with your children by wearing your infant in a carrier.  That gives you two free hands to play a game with your older children.  While feeding baby, read a book to the sibling or  just have cuddle time.  Their need for quality time is one of the reasons why I'm a big believer in new mothers giving themselves permission to neglect housework and chores in favor of time with baby and older children.

Try playtime for two
As baby gets a bit older, encourage children to entertain the baby.  Making faces and funny noises is something 3- or 4-year-olds excel at and babies love.  Big, toothless grins can be an incredible ego-booster -- "Hey, he likes me."

Make the sibling feel important
Give your children a job in the family organization.  To pull children out of the "I want to be a baby" blues, play up their importance to you, personally and practically.  Tell them you need their help.  Give them a job title.  Make it fun:  "You can be mommy's helper.  Get the diaper, please," "Bring the clothes for Mamma."  "Please grab those toys."  Let them change diapers, dress baby and bathe baby (all under supervision, of course).  Praise the help they give you,  When baby has a "boo-boo," let "Dr. James," the sibling, be the compassionate bandage-placer.

As you introduce the new baby into your family you will not only help your older children realize that having a baby brother or sister is fun but also teach them about the joy of caring for another person.

Here's how one mother handled her 4-year-old's turnabout in personality after the birth of their second child.
Soon after Benjamin was born, Amy seemed to go through a mid-childhood crisis.  She reverted to bed-wetting and throwing temper tantrums.  A previously happy child, Amy became sad.  She talked back, was defiant, began waking at night and made herself a general nuisance.  I gave her a job as "mother's assistant," and even paid her for her help.  After a few weeks, Amy not only became more pleasant to live with, she even learned some mothering skills.



This article was written by Bill Sears, M>D., a father of eight and the author of 42 books on family health, including The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood.  A practicing pediatrician for over 40 years, he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.  Dr. sears is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ASAP) and a fellow of the Royal College of Pediatricians (RCP).

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!


I'm exercising just like Daddy.
I don't know how he does it, these are heavy.
Can I put them down now?
Wait? My arms are tired.




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Friday, September 8, 2017

Birth Order Not Important, Study Finds

It has been thought that birth order somewhat determined the personality traits of siblings.  A recent study has determined that birth order is not important.  This article provides information backing that statement.  You can read the complete article here.



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