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- Special Care Counsellor

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is an evolving type of therapy. In my experience, animals arouse great interest and curiosity when used in intervention work, and they are also appealing. Here is some information to learn more about this approach! Animal-assisted therapy is an intervention which includes: a therapist trained in animal therapy, an animal previously selected [...]

Daily behaviour management

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

Wether we are a parent or a resource person intervening with children, we all experience at one point a situation where we have to deal with a difficult behaviour. In order to change this behaviour, we need to analyse it. Once we understand what surrounds a persistant behaviour it becomes possible to intervene on these [...]

Pre-reading skills or phonological awareness!

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

Children learn to juggle word sounds well before they are able to read. They also learn word recognition and decoding skills well prior to being able to read syllables or even say the alphabet. Phonological awareness is the ability to associate words with sounds (phonemes), therefore making it possible to identify, manipulate and combine or [...]

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