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Organization: A Question of Ideas

By | 4 July 2017|Child Development|

Organization seems obvious to us – you either have it, or you don’t. Unfortunately, this popular belief is completely wrong! It’s a long learning process that requires the acquisition of numerous skills. Children ages 9 to 10 don’t generally spontaneously adopt strategies of classification and organization by themselves. Their cognitive processes are not ma-ture enough [...]

When Educating Rhymes with Fun

By | 4 July 2017|Child Development|

To educate is to use our knowledge about our children, especially their shared interest in learning or discovering what’s around us. By enjoying fun moments with our children, we’ll learn much more than grammar rules or theories; we’ll also teach emotional self-regulation and allow the child to explore a wide range of social rules (e.g. [...]

Anger in children

By | 4 July 2017|Child Development|

Anger is a legitimate emotion and there’s nothing negative about it. Everyone lives with anger. It is how it’s expressed that can become problematic. Some people are more skilled than others in expressing anger appropriately but with children, they’re still learning. The parent has a role to play in helping the child to reach this [...]

A Reward System

By | 4 July 2017|Child Development|

Parents are often reluctant to put a reinforcement system in place at home. Some believe you should have to buy or earn reinforcers or the child will become dependent on a reward every time he does something. Put things in perspective. Everyone reacts to positive feedback and tangible reinforcement. Our paycheque is an example, or [...]

Bedtime

By | 4 July 2017|Child Development|

For many parents, putting their child to bed is a nightmare. It’s a pleasure for the child when he’s succeeded in getting the parent’s attention and postponing bedtime. Here are some strategies that may help ensure that bedtime becomes a more enjoyable time. Before sleeping, the child needs a stable and predictable routine; therefore, the [...]

Margo special care counsellor – Discipline : Intervention Strategies

By | 4 July 2017|Child Development|

Any parent or person working with children is faced with the need to show some "discipline" to them. Children need a structured environment for healthy growth. Rules and other strategies related to discipline are used to give the child security and teach the right attitudes. Many people wonder about what intervention strategies they should choose [...]

Is it time to learn about time?

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

Time is an abstract concept that a child acquires gradually during early childhood. Concepts of time are among the most difficult concepts to grasp for a number of children with special needs because they are very abstract. This lack of understanding “time” can be a very strong source of anxiety; suggesting the need to stimulate [...]

Margo Occupational Therapist – Difficult Children

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

A child’s diet can be a source of parental stress. How many parents and therapists hear this every day: “I don’t want to taste it! I’m not hungry! I don’t like this!” Firstly, it is important to have realistic expectations about feeding our children. Between 25-35 % of "normal" children will experience feeding difficulties, not [...]

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