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Incorporate playfulness for language acquisition

From the article titled “Breaking the Language Barrier” excerpted from an issue of Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine, I pulled out some interesting nuggets I thought I’d pass along that I think apply in children with special needs and typical children. This one addresses incorporating playfulness to enhance language acquisition. If you think about it, in […]

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Visual input reinforces language processing.

I came across an article called “Breaking the Language Barrier” excerpted from an issue of Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine and pulled out some interesting nuggets I thought I’d pass along that I think apply in children with special needs and typical children. Below is one of the areas discussed. Visual input reinforces language processing. If […]

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How parenting approaches impact emotional health

I watched an interesting webcast with Dr. John Gottman, sponsored by the Talaris Institute  discussing how parenting approaches impact the emotional health of children. (Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be available to view online any more.) He basically divided parents into two group. Those who are “emotionally dismissive,” and those who are “emotional coaches.”  He […]

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Putting the parent in parent-child bonding – Part 2

Missed Part 1? Click here. CHALLENGE 1. Reluctant parents will rarely respond positively to a child’s requests for interaction. SOLUTION All parents (and other caregivers) have a threshold of tolerance for children’s activities. Some are delighted to convert the kitchen table into a craft headquarters, but others are more willing to try fun and learning […]

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Putting the parent in parent-child bonding – Part 1

I was reading about a study that focuses on the impact of parents developing secure attachments with their very-young children (to see a link to the press release about it, click here). Basically, the research showed that children with insecure attachments to their mothers, (particularly boys) had significantly more behavioral problems, even when the behavioral […]

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The debut of “Bright and Ready”

Why the name change? That’s a good question. When we first started producing our activity idea cards at our original company, Pal Toys, they were called “Bright Ideas for Mommy + Me.” We felt this was a perfect name for our original Baby through Preschool cards, but then we branched out into our school years […]

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. . . smart & simple

Silly Basket from the Bright and Beyond Preschool (ages 3-5) deck
Cut a piece of paper into ten or more 1” x 4” strips, and write down an action on each one. For example, “Wiggle and jiggle!” “Stand on one foot!” “Count to 10 as fast as you can!” or “Sing a silly song!” Fold up these pieces of paper, place them in a small basket, and let your child select one. Read it to her and let her be silly! Then she can choose again!
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