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  • Illustrated Story Books are Better for Children’s Brains than Video or Text Alone

    Study used stories by Canadian author Robert Munsch to test how children respond to different media. While an educational audio book or cartoon may seem like the best option to entertain a curious four-year-old, researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital say it's best to pick up an old-fashioned picture book.

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  • Music Encourages Older People to Remain Active

    Staying active can be a challenge for most people, but one group that may find this more cumbersome are older people or those with dementia. ACH Group has started a program where residents are offered music-based exercise classes to encourage them to remain engaged.

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  • Not for Everyone – Home Schooling

    It's 8.45am on a cold Monday morning and I nervously approach the school gates, holding on to my son's and daughter's hands tightly. A few of the mums look surprised to see us. "What are you doing here?" asks one. "Look who it is," jokes another. I smile through clenched teeth. It feels good to be back, but I have some explaining to do …

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  • The Power of Music Lessons

    Giving children music lessons won't just introduce them to a world of rhythm and melody – it could also significantly improve their language skills.

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  • How to Read Aloud to a Child Who Won’t Sit Still

    For some children, sitting quietly while listening to a book is more tedious than fun. If your child struggles to pay attention or sit still while you’re reading together, here are some tips that may help:

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  • Let’s Be Very Mindful of Screen time – Please

    Here is my most recent episode of my Tech Happy Life YouTube channel. I hope you find it engaging and helpful!

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  • The Positives of Asperger’s Syndrome

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  • Growing a Love of Reading for Reluctant Readers

    We are delighted to host a guest post from Kate at Beanstalk, a children’s literacy charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one reading support to primary school children to improve their reading ability and confidence.

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  • The Raise Responsibility System (Discipline System)

    The discipline system is referred to as the Raise Responsibility System because it promotes a DESIRE for responsible behavior. This is different from the usual approach aimed at promoting obedience. Simply stated, obedience does not create desire. However, when you promote responsibility, you get obedience as a natural by-product.

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  • The Power of Waiting for Your Child – It’s Not What You Think

    As a Pediatric Speech-Pathologist, I do a lot of talking! There is another strategy I use just as often, and that’s waiting. Waiting is a powerful tool. It provides a child with the opportunity for communication and a meaningful context for language learning. When we wait, we are also giving a child extra time to process, which can be very beneficial. Below are several ways Speech Pathologists use waiting. Here are ways you can use it throughout the day:

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