The relationship between a child’s executive function skills and academic achievement has been widely studied and proven to be significantly related. Like most areas of development, it’s best for caregivers to help children develop these skills at an early age so they can meet academic expectations into their school years. All children use executive functions at school to complete complex cognitive tasks, follow rules, and suppress impulsive behavior.1 However, the way in which children apply executive function skills to be successful in school may change as they develop. Caregivers frequently look for ways to boost their young children’s academic performance through additional tutoring in school subject areas, and summer school, yet activities that require children to integrate and apply executive functions in broader contexts may provide the best foundation for later academic achievement.2
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Watch examples of baby’s developmental milestones here! Pathways.org has created milestone videos showing what milestones should look like. Baby milestone videos are separated by age and topics of development. They begin at birth and continue to 6 months old, and illustrate some of the early motor, sensory and communication milestones. Check out the video clips and compare your baby’s movements and actions to the baby in the video. You can also find these educational and informative videos on related age pages.
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As more children adopt demanding schedules with increased academic work loads and an abundance of extracurricular activities, some react by showing signs of increased stress and anxiety.1 Our academic system has accelerated so children are now expected to complete school work previously given to children in higher grade levels. Early education has become less play focused and children receive a more academically rigorous curriculum. This change is evident by the amount of time children spend preparing for 3rd grade exams that measure performance in math and reading. On average, 77% kindergarteners received 90 minutes of daily reading instruction in 2010 whereas only 32% received daily reading instruction in 1998.2 With increased academic demands and busy schedules, children may need to take an intentional break in the day to relax and recharge. The practice of mindfulness is quickly gaining recognition as an activity to help children manage feelings of stress and anxiety.
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Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue tie, is a congenital condition that can affect infants and children due to having a short lingual frenulum that restricts tongue movement and impacts the function of the tongue. The incidence of tongue tie affects at least 4% of infants and is most commonly diagnosed in males by a 2-3:1 predominance.1 Around 50% of infants with ankyloglossia experience feeding difficulties because of the condition.2
Many parents encourage their children to become involved in extracurricular activities as a way to promote their development. Extracurricular activities help children develop motor skills and improve physical fitness, while also building their cognitive and social skills, all of which can enhance children’s sense of wellbeing.1 To help children receive the most benefits from extracurricular activity involvement physically, emotionally, and socially, they should participate in the right amount of activity for their age level and abilities. Adults facilitating children’s extracurricular activities can learn how to make the activity more developmentally friendly and recognize when it may not be appropriate for a child. Continue reading
An Inclusion Awareness Day event is one way to focus on welcoming worshippers of all abilities. Please consider hosting an Inclusion Awareness Sunday celebration on the second weekend in October or another week in the year.
Celebrating the unique gifts of all members helps create a stronger and more inclusive faith community.
The following series of items can be used in bulletins, on websites or in newsletters to help spread awareness about how to help to create a more inclusive environment.
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Hospital to be named the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; to integrate with Pathways
CHICAGO — (June 22, 2016) — The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) today announced that Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan have pledged a record gift to advance its revolutionary work. The gift — the amount of which is confidential — is the largest charitable investment in the organization’s 63-year history and will support AbilityLab, RIC’s state-of-the-art research hospital. When the new hospital opens in March 2017, it will be named the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in recognition of this transformative gift.
As a result of this extraordinary gift and the significant boost it creates in RIC’s capital campaign, the organization will raise its goal to $350 million. The campaign is expected to close in December 2017.
With this gift, Pathways, the entrepreneurial organization founded by the Ryans more than 30 years ago, will join the RIC family immediately and the AbilityLab upon its opening. Pathways, with its clinic and web organization, is the leading resource in early detection and intervention tools that maximize children’s motor, sensory, and communication development.
“The integration between Pathways, RIC and the AbilityLab is historic — it makes possible a truly better future for children and adults from around the globe who need our support and services,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., RIC president and CEO. “We treasure Shirley and Pat’s trust, and we honor their innovative spirit, boundless compassion and determination to make a difference in the lives of so many people around the world. Through this transformational gift and the growth of the Pathways and AbilityLab family, we will build upon our collective strengths to advance the science, medical care and outcomes for patients everywhere.”
As part of the integration, Pathways will retain its leading brand, clinic and website. The organization’s awareness, messaging and reach will be expanded in coalition with AbilityLab.
“Both RIC and Pathways are so excited about this powerful union which joins two organizations with common values, purpose, vision and dreams,” said Shirley Ryan. We share a long-standing commitment to the advancement of abilities and, with this integration, AbilityLab and Pathways are poised to deepen knowledge, expand therapy and training, and spread global influence further and faster.”
A radical shift
The $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Shirley Ryan AbilityLab will be the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists will work together in the same space, applying (or “translating”) research real time. The AbilityLab will introduce its revolutionary model of care through five Innovation Centers focused on areas of biomedical science with extraordinary promise:
- Brain Innovation Center
- Spinal Cord Innovation Center
- Nerve, Muscle & Bone Innovation Center
- Pediatric Innovation Center
- Cancer Rehabilitation Innovation Center
Central to applying research during care will be working human labs where interdisciplinary teams develop new research and insights to help patients gain more function, achieve better outcomes and enjoy greater ability and independence. Each lab will have a unique configuration based on the type of experimentation and functional purpose:
- Think + Speak Lab
- Legs + Walking Lab
- Arms + Hands Lab
- Strength + Endurance Lab
- Pediatric Lab
An integration united by common values and vision
Pathways, a leader in raising awareness and spreading knowledge about early detection and intervention for pediatric motor, sensory and communication delays, will be integrated with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The organization consists of both a state-of-the-art outpatient pediatric therapy clinic as well as an expansive educational website.
Shirley Ryan will join RIC’s Governing Board and continue as Chairwoman of Pathways.
A profile in ability
In addition to her work as Chair of Pathways, Shirley Ryan has been appointed by two presidents to the National Council on Disability, which advises Congress on disability issues. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and on the Board of Directors of the University of Notre Dame, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Alain Locke Charter Academy, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She has also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Pat Ryan founded and served for 41 years as CEO of Aon Corporation, the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. At the time of his retirement, Aon had in excess of $7 billion in annual revenue with more than 500 offices in 120 countries. In 2010, Mr. Ryan founded Ryan Specialty Group, a global holding company which includes wholesale brokerage (the third largest in the country), highly specialized underwriting companies and specialty services designed specifically for agents, brokers and insurers; Mr. Ryan currently serves as Chairman and CEO. He is a member of the International Insurance Hall of Fame, the American Academy of Arts and Science and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He has been a member of Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees for the last 38 years and presided for 14 years as its Chairman.
The Ryans have three adult sons, Pat, Rob and Corbett, a daughter-in-law, Lydia, and three grandchildren.
An unprecedented campaign
Given the monumental nature of the Ryans’ gift, RIC’s Board of Directors has taken action to increase the capital campaign from $300 million to $350 million. The campaign launched in July 2013 and extends through December 2017.
“We always felt confident in our ability to achieve significant philanthropic support for our new vision and campaign,” said Dr. Smith. “Now, we’re humbled and motivated by the opportunity to take the campaign even further and generate additional funds for the novel programs and research that will be pioneered in the new facility. The Ryans’ gift is not just a testament to the RIC vision; it’s a sign of great momentum as RIC is now poised to meet, and even potentially exceed, our new $350 million goal. This will have a profound impact on patients, on science and on the future of our field.”
Reading aloud helps children expand their vocabularies while also building their ability to think, analyze and ask questions. It can also inspire a love of reading and learning for life. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Fathering suggests fathers and mothers may have different styles of reading to their children and both can be beneficial for development. In the study, researchers observed mothers and fathers while reading to their children. The study showed mothers asked their children more factual questions while labeling and categorizing objects, whereas fathers used language to talk about concepts extending beyond the images and wording in the book.1 When parents use different styles of reading aloud to their child, they are providing a variety of learning experiences that foster language and cognitive development and can support literacy achievement in later years.2 To promote these positive outcomes, healthcare professionals can provide caregivers tips to make reading time an enjoyable and educational experience for children. Continue reading
NEW! Our 4-6 month old baby motor milestones video has been posted!
The video above demonstrates 6 different motor milestones baby should be reaching by 6 months old.
- Uses hands to support self while sitting
- Rolls from back to tummy and tummy to back
- While standing with support, accepts entire weight with legs
- Reaches for nearby toys while on tummy
- While lying on back, reaches both hands to play with feet
- While lying on back, transfers a toy from one hand to the other
Use this video to see examples of what milestones look like and compare to your own baby’s progress. To see more of our milestone videos visit our age pages or video page.[/one_half_last] [/one_half_last]
If you notice your baby is not meeting their 4-6 months motor milestones, contact their health care provider.