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Thursday, November 3, 2016

What Parent's need to know about Naptime

As any parent knows, children's nap schedules change over time.  Just when you thought you had your infant or toddler's routine down pat, it got turned upside down.  Now, as your child is growing older, do you know what signs will tell you that your child would benefit from a change in nap schedule?  How will you know if your child still needs a daily nap?  How do you handle the transition?
Signs your child still needs a daily nap:
  • responds in a positive way to naptime and falls asleep easily
  • resists the idea of nap, but eventually sleeps an hour or longer
  • cries more easily in the evening than early in the day
  • has afternoon slump in energy
  • shows tired signs in the afternoon such as yawning or rubbing eyes´╗┐
Signs your child needs a nap on some days, but not all:
  • on busy or active days, tends to become fussy in the evening
  • can be overly grumpy or whiny on busy days
  • seems to do alright missing one day's nap, but after a few days or missing starts to become whiny or cranky
Handling the transition from "Nap" to "No Nap"
  • schedule naptime on busy, active days
  • go with the flow from day to day
  • watch your child's sleepy signs and arrange naps when needed
  • keep your child's regular naptime every day, but don't require that he/she sleep, allow quiet rest instead
  • on days when a nap is missed, move bedtime earlier by thirty minutes to an hour to get a longer night sleep and to shorten the span from morning to bedtime.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Homework Tips for your child

Homework can be hard for children in many ways to focus and complete their tasks.  With so many distractions in our modern world, who can blame children for having difficulty concentrating and getting their work done.  Visit any home with a school-aged child on a weekday ´╗┐afternoon and you're likely to find a stubborn youngster arguing about their daily assignments.  Sometimes their daily extra-curricular activities can get in the way of the assignments being completed.  Either way, some helpful tips on getting homework done efficiently can include:
  • Designating a workspace for homework - clear away any non-essentials not related to homework and have all materials nearby
  • Limit distractions - shut off the TV and put away all phones and electronics.  Separate the siblings as well
  • Pick the right time and stick to it - pick the best time based on your schedule and don't vary
  • Use the teacher's way - try and stick with the method the teacher is offering their lesson, not the way you learned as a child
  • Take breaks - some children can only maintain their attention for so long, so allowing for short breaks between subject matters are helpful
  • Praise jobs well done - When you notice your child working hard, make sure to praise them.  Positive reinforcement goes a long way
  • Be helpful, but not too helpful - there's a fine line between helping a child with their homework and doing their homework for them.  Encourage them to figure it out on their own with your helpful direction.
  • Talk to the teacher - if your child's teacher is giving more homework than your child can bear on a daily basis, it may be worth it to speak with your child's teacher to come up with an individualized solution that works better for your child alone.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Benefits of Inclusive services for preschoolers with disabilities

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Children with disabilities who are fully included in high-quality classrooms with typically developing peers have been shown to make positive gains across nearly every developmental domain.  In addition to academic gains, they are more likely to show positive social and emotional behaviors; develop higher level social skills; engage in more advanced play; develop more advanced communication skills; and generalize skills across settings.  There are also long term benefits.  Researchers have found that high expectations can lead children with disabilities to develop more confidence, independence, and a stronger sense of self.

Typical children in inclusive classrooms have shown positive developmental and attitudinal changes from integrated experiences.  They can develop more realistic attitudes about children with disabilities, become more sensitive to their needs, and learn to appreciate individual differences at an early age.  Academically, students without special needs will have their own knowledge and self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills reinforced and enhanced by helping another child learn.  this model is called peer tutoring and is used widely in classrooms.  By teaching a concept or helping students with disabilities practice a skill, kids are given increased experiences with the material.  this strengthens their subject knowledge and gives them a better chance to achieve success.