Read articles Lizzie and others have published on useful parenting/provider tips to nourish a child's speech and language skills.
New Year’s’ resolutions are a great way to spend quality time as a family, achieve some goals, and support your child’s language and executive functioning skills. This year, consider a resolution that could benefit any family: Resolve to REDUCE SCREEN TIME! Read why this is such an important goal for child language development, and how you can achieve this goal without sending your children into technology withdrawal.
A new study shows the effects screen time has on children’s developing brains. Too much screen time, or any at all for a child under the age of 2, can impede the development of several key skills, including: concentration and focus, social attention (awareness of and focus on others), pretend play, conversation, and vocabulary skills. Instead of giving your child an iPad, even with an educational game, encourage them to play! Play with toys and with others will help them develop all of the key cognitive, social, and linguistic skills they need to be well-regulated humans.
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The holidays are a crazy time of year for any parent, between holiday parties, shopping for gifts, sending cards, and decorating. Instead of tackling all of these tasks on your own, include your child in the preparation and teach executive function skills while you’re at it. Executive function skills refer to one’s ability to plan, organize, and problem solve, to your child. Read about five activities that support executive functioning that you and your kiddo can do together this holiday season.
Boredom is inevitable and teaching your child how to handle themselves during these moments can boost self-sufficiency and creativity as they get older. It is even harder today to see the value in boredom, as the ‘problem’ can be so easily tackled with YouTube. But is that healthy? If not, what can you do when your child whines “I’m bored!”?
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“Studies show that when a child is aware of the function and power of their brain, they build individuality and foster greater control over thoughts, feelings, and actions. Teaching children about the brain at an early age lays the groundwork for strong self-awareness and emotional intelligence. It empowers them to feel a sense of control over what they learn and how they learn.”
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