You may have noticed your child’s over-sensitivity to certain things. It could be the amount of light they see, the sounds they hear, and even with the things they touch. On the contrary, your child may display the incessant need for haptic stimulation- meaning, they may feel the urge to feel physical contact or display a higher tolerance to pain.
You may feel confused about why your child throws a tantrum when you dress them or becomes extra sensitive with the things they see and with the sensations they feel. You may not understand why touching a certain object overwhelms them or how painful it is for them to hear certain sounds. These abnormal aversions to sensations could manifest during their toddler years and could be telltale signs of sensory processing disorder (SPD).
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All children have the right to receive an education. Even the little angels who require special educational needs or SEN children are entitled to acquire the same level of learning as with their neurotypical peers- although at a unique medium of instruction. Education is important for special needs children to help them accomplish better quality of life and grow up to become functional individuals that contribute to society. Through individualized education, special needs children are able to achieve their full potential.
Learning centers aimed at assisting children with their accommodations for SEN are recognized to house educational psychologists to help special needs children excel in school and further enhance their education. On the other hand, clinical psychologists aren’t as recog... Read More
Children love to play and they learn plenty of things during active play. As parents, we love to see our children playing. There seems to be something special with their curiosity and how they absorb new information and imagine ideas and share these experiences with you. It also makes us proud when our children express their creativity through different activities such as painting, music and playing.
Several of us parents fail to realize how impactful and empowering playing can be for children. Play is actually pivotal for their development. Not only does playing support empower children, but it also supports their learning, enhances their cognitive development, helps them with their social and communication skills and encourages them in their growing interests.
One such way of integra... Read More
All parents will agree that we communicate with our children as early as the first weeks of pregnancy. It’s our way to feel closer to our babies. Without even realizing it, we establish a foundation for communication with our child. Research indicates that children begin to learn their native language even while inside the womb, a little earlier than previously expected.
The moment our babies come into this world, they are ready to learn a language. As demonstrated during infancy, babies learn how to communicate their feelings, needs, and thoughts through cooing, crying, facial expressions, and body language.
Newborn babies are born with an innate ability to communicate and pursue human contact. It is in their nature to develop nonverbal communication with their parents... Read More
Children who have difficulties in the area of communication and speech can greatly benefit from speech and language therapy. The Speech-language pathologist’s role is critical in ensuring that the intervention is effective and helpful for the development of the child.
There is a correlation between language ability and academic performance, more than parents normally believe. While it is clear that reading and writing are areas that speech and language therapy can improve when it comes to academics, a dissertation mentions that the mathematical skills of children can also be influenced by it.
In this blog, let’s explain further how Language Therapy Can Help Improve Your Child’s Skills At Mathematics.
Language And Academic Performance
In education, learning how to read and write is ... Read More
Each child has his or her own set of strengths and weaknesses. Similarly, they have their own unique potentials – which, if determined early, can be honed, nurtured, and developed. There are several ways to identify a child’s potential such as aptitude tests, checklists, rating scales, and psychological assessments.
Today, let us delve into the reasons why a psychological assessment benefits children and how it is useful to parents and educators as well.
What Is A Psychological Assessment?
Essentially, psychological assessments involve the process of gathering data or critical information on a child’s areas of development and growth. This can include cognitive ability (IQ testing), behavioral and emotional functioning, and academic skills, among others.
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There is a wide range of treatment plans and intervention services available to alleviate the symptoms of ASD. These are also tools to improve the quality of life of children who have autism. Every child under the autism spectrum has different degrees of symptoms as well as individual sets of challenges. This being said, there is no set treatment plan or a one-solution-fits-all therapy for ASD.
Common treatments that are usually in the form of early intervention include occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, social skills training, and ABA or applied behavioral analysis training. Today, we are going to take a closer look at how ABA therapy can positively impact the lives of children with autism.
What is ABA Therapy?
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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