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How Books Can Help Your Child

Whether your child is reading or not quite yet, books play an important role in their communication development and learning! Using books and telling stories helps with: Phonics: connecting written words to sounds and speaking Vocabulary: learning new words and ways to express themselves Fluency: being able to speak, read and understand a language accurately … Continued

Parents’ Guide to Baby’s Sleep

Baby may sleep for half their first year. A newborn typically sleeps up to 17 hours a day. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends babies 4-11 months old sleep 12-16 hours a day. Around 7-9 months, baby develops a regular sleep schedule. If baby is having trouble sleeping, try these tips: Check their swaddle … Continued

Sensory-Friendly Summer Activities Your Child Will Love

Summer as a child should be a time of fun and freedom. But for those who experience sensory processing issues, the increased social activities and outdoor time can be challenging. That’s because certain environmental factors can be uncomfortable, irritating or confusing. These include loud sounds, social situations, and strong scents. If your child deals with … Continued

Parents’ Guide to the Importance of Reading

Why is reading essential for communication development? Kids are continuously learning about how sounds and language work. Reading and storytelling help with fluency, creativity, vocabulary, and comprehension. Here’s how you can get them interested in books and stories: Familiarize them with books from a young age Get in a reading routine, e.g. bedtime or nap … Continued

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Parents’ Guide to Preparing for Well-Baby Visits

What should you expect at an early well-baby visit? Some common topics discussed at well-baby visits include baby’s feeding habits, diaper changes, baby’s sleeping patterns, and the caregiver’s well-being. Measurements will be taken of baby’s weight, height, and head circumference. Here are some tips to make the most of baby’s appointment: Keep a diary of … Continued

Parents’ Guide to Routines for Kids

Routines help build executive function skills in children. These functions are essential to daily behaviors and decision-making. You can start building routines from a young age. Routines can also help: Reduce anxiety Promote self-control Regulate energy levels Foster confidence and independence Routines will vary from child to child. The important thing is finding what works … Continued

Infant Development: Alignment, Core, and Motor (IDACM) – 101

Title: Infant Development: Alignment, Core, and Motor (IDACM) – 101: Typical Assessment at 1, 2, 3, and 4 Months of Age Description: This course is meant to share an understanding of typical motor development at 1, 2, 3, and 4 months of age. In each age you will see an infant examined in 5 different … Continued

Communication Development Activities for 10-12 Month Old Babies

How can you help baby develop 10-12 month communication skills? At this age, you will see baby producing 1-2 words and starting to follow simple commands. Use these tips to help develop baby’s skills: Use containers to teach concepts like “in” and “out” Use toy cars to teach new words like “fast” and “slow” Use … Continued

Communication Development Activities for 7-9 Month Old Babies

How can you help baby develop 7-9 month communication skills? At this age, you will see baby producing various sounds and recognizing their name. Use these tips to help develop baby’s skills: Model new sound combinations, e.g. da da da Cover a toy with a blanket and have baby “find” it Sing songs with finger/hand … Continued

Communication Development Activities for 4-6 Month Old Babies

How can you help baby develop 4-6 month communication skills? At this age, you will see baby babbling and laughing. Use these tips to help develop baby’s skills: Read to baby by talking about the pictures in the book Have “conversations” by asking questions and answering them yourself Repeat baby’s sounds back to them Did … Continued

Communication Development Activities for 0-3 Month Old Babies

How can you help baby develop 0-3 month communication skills? At this age, you will see baby cooing and smiling. Use these tips to help develop baby’s skills: Talk to baby using a high pitch, sing-song type of voice Sing to baby Use your face to engage with baby Did you know crying is one … Continued

Parents’ Guide to Sibling Play

What are the benefits of sibling play? Kids are with their siblings more than any other peer. Siblings motivate each other, especially when young. They help with socializing because they interact on a daily basis. Older siblings get to practice being a teacher to younger ones. Younger ones are able to learn from their older … Continued

80+ Fun Activities for Kids to do at Home

While your family may be spending a lot more time at home these days, your child can still stay energized and on track with their development through engaging activities. Here are more than 80 fun games and activities to keep your little one busy! While some of these activities may be seasonal (such as Valentine’s … Continued

Communication Development Tip: Serve and Return

Did you know serve and return is a simple technique you may already be doing? It’s an important skill that impacts brain development. When baby does something, respond to them! This increases the likelihood that baby will do it again! Back and forth communication is important. Just be sure to give baby time to respond … Continued

Parents’ Guide to Baby’s Sense of Smell

Did you know your baby can smell? Smell is one of baby’s strongest senses when they’re born. It help promote the development of other senses as well. Smell can even strengthen baby’s taste buds! Smell also helps baby learn about people and places. It’s one of the ways baby recognizes you, so try using the … Continued

How to Get Siblings Playing Together at Home

For those who have brothers or sisters, or have watched your children play with their siblings, you know sibling relationships are unlike any other! About 4 in 5 children grow up with at least one sibling, and most likely spend more time around siblings than their peers. This time together can help in forming a … Continued

Sensory Development Activities for 10-12 Month Old Babies

Activities for your 10-12 month old to promote their sensory development: Touch – introduce new textures through food, toys and clothes Hearing – describe you actions as you dress, feed, and bathe baby Smell & Taste – put baby in a highchair while you’re cooking Vision – point out objects while you talk Movement – … Continued

Sensory Development Activities for 7-9 Month Old Babies

Activities for your 7-9 month old to promote their sensory development: Touch – give different textured toys to play with Hearing – read picture books to help baby connect words to images Smell – provide baby with a new smell to see if they like it Taste – introduce new foods gradually and watch for … Continued

Sensory Development Activities for 4-6 Month Old Babies

Activities for your 4-6 month old to promote their sensory development: Touch – provide a variety of textured toys and surfaces Hearing – talk to baby frequently and narrate your day Smell – make positive connections between scents and experiences Taste – when baby is ready for purees, try a new food Vision – incorporate … Continued

Sensory Development Activities for 0-3 Month Old Babies

Activities for your 0-3 month old to promote their sensory development: Touch – give skin to skin contact Hearing – talk in silly voices Smell – use different scented, baby-safe lotions Vision – use high contrast toys, e.g. black, white, or red bold patterns Movement – carry and play with baby in different positions Body … Continued

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From Baby’s First Steps to Walking on Their Own

Your Walking Questions, Answered Walking is an important marker of healthy development for your baby—and an exciting new way for them to explore! Not only is it essential for physical development, but it gives your child independence and access to new environments. So let’s get moving! Here are some of your most common walking questions, … Continued

Tummy Time Abilities at 6 Months

Many parents hear Tummy Time is important and know doing Tummy Time helps baby build muscles and skills to meet their future motor milestones. But how do you know baby is making progress during Tummy Time? Use these abilities to ensure baby is continuing to develop though Tummy Time. Baby should be continuing to spend … Continued

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