As the world is imagining a future where each country is free of the effects of the Coronavirus, it is also necessary to reimagine how children will adapt to the changes. Today, we delve deeper into a topic concerning parents all around the world, namely managing screen time in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The outbreak has shifted many of the schooling systems to online, increasing screen exposure among children. With devices and screen-time being a doubled-edged sword, online learning is successful in varying degrees.
Certain measures can be implemented into their lifestyle to ensure a healthier approach while also establishing a newfound balance in their digitally exposed lives.
1. More Extracurriculars
Even after the world has returned back to its usual cycle of activities, it can be expe... Read More
Today we address the unique and beneficial aspects of occupational therapy for individuals that are impaired or limited in certain areas and extents of life. It is a means of training the mind and body to reach its full potential and complete daily activities with a defined sense of finesse and ease. This therapy style has gained more popularity amongst children and young adults, who can reap the maximum benefits of such sensory stimulation and activity.
However, the advantages of this therapy on an individual to reach a holistic sense of integration and completion in a psychosocial context is not limited by age. Age is truly a number where the extent of this therapy’s effect and progress is concerned... Read More
According to statistics, there are more boys who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, compared to that of girls. In fact, according to the latest autism prevalence report by the CDC, one in 34 boys is diagnosed with autism while for girls it’s only one in 144. This is not surprising since several cases of autism in girls are only diagnosed at a later stage.
Although the diagnosis criteria for autism does not recognize gender, studies suggest that ASD may look differently in girls – different to the extent that it’s unrecognizable and can be difficult to diagnose.
Interestingly, some researchers who have studied ASD in girls found that there is not much divergence between boys and girls who are diagnosed with autism. However, one article argues that it could just be b... Read More
As kids, we navigate through childhood with budding curiosity. We explore everything around us, meet different types of people and learn to interact with them socially. We experience different social interactions that help us develop our communication and interpersonal skills. However, this isn’t the case for all children, especially the ones who have neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.
For children under the autism spectrum, their experiences are different. They may take time in building social skills that are necessary to form social bonds. While neurotypical children instinctively pick up social skills growing up, children with autism need assistance and proper guidance.
The lack of social skills is a defining characteristic for individuals with autism... Read More
Unlike popular belief, speech and language problems are not uncommon. In fact, according to the National, seven percent of children in the UAE are experiencing speech and language disorders. This is relatively higher than in the US and the UK where the figures only mount up to three percent in each country.
Fortunately, there are several ways of addressing this problem as well as ensuring that these children receive the best treatment possible. Learning centers across the country offer Speech and Language Therapy to help children in their development. Today, let us talk about speech and language treatment and how it can have a positive (and long term) impact on children.
What is Speech and Language Therapy?
This therapy focuses mainly on addressing speech problems and helps to overcome c... Read More
Living and working with a child with autism can be overwhelming. This is especially true for parents of ASD children. They carry the responsibility of understanding their kids and assist them to learn things and teach in ways they can learn best. Across different cities, there are several support groups for parents that empower not just each other but the whole autism community as well.
This April, we celebrate the month of autism awareness, and part of our celebration is promoting acceptance and appreciation to all individuals who have autism – whether young or old. We also want to honor the great and resilient parents who have raised and are raising children with ASD – they truly are superheroes worthy of recognition and praise.
In this month’s special blog, we talk about the ways in w... Read More
Children who have ASD, down syndrome or ADHD have the right to proper education just as much as their neurotypical peers. Although the education they get can be parallel to that of regular students, they need a specialized educational plan that’s tailored to their specific needs, strengths and ability to adapt to their surroundings.
If you are a parent with a special needs child, you must be already aware of how important personalized education is. Given that each child with special conditions has different needs to be addressed, IEP or Individualized Educational Plans are necessary to help children achieve their full potential and fare best in real-world settings.
Today, we will be discussing just how important IEPs are and how it benefits your child with special needs.
What Is An... Read More
Children are born with a natural curiosity for their surroundings. Their minds are busy the whole time. As they grow and navigate their childhood, their senses inspire their curiosity all the more. They become interested in new things and start to be highly inquisitive. They also tend to have a short attention span. They may be interested in one thing that catches their attention and move on to another more captivating object. Children are easily distracted and due to this, it becomes challenging for them to focus and concentrate on one thing.
When you think of children with special needs, distractions for them are more distinct. Some kids may have high sensitivity to their surroundings while others find it extra challenging to maintain their focus and attention on one thing at a time... Read More
Music can directly impact people, regardless of age. It can influence our mood and facilitate concentration and focus. It is also a great tool to improve productivity and creativity. Several studies have proven the effectiveness of music in enhancing our cognitive abilities.
Listening therapy also known as APP or Audio-Psycho-Phonology is a systematic therapeutic program that utilizes music specifically curated for an individual. The music brings about positive improvements in an individual’s creativity, auditory processing, motor coordination, executive functioning, communication skills, social interaction, emotional intelligence, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
Let’s take a look at what to expect with listening therapy and its benefits for children with special needs... Read More
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a complex disorder related to brain development. Although people with ASD may have similar symptoms, they manifest in varying degrees of severity.
Children under ASD are unique in their own right. They have their own sets of strengths and challenges. In such cases, autism centers can assist parents in providing the appropriate treatment to alleviate their challenges and improve their quality of life.
Although we have come a long way from raising awareness and acknowledging ASD, there are still hurdles to overcome and people to educate, especially in breaking the stigma surrounding children with ASD. Let’s take a look at some of the best practices to break the stigma against ASD one step at a time.
An effective way to break the st... Read More