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smiling-baby
Very few people can resist smiling at a newborn baby – signalling positive emotions, such as joy and interest. Of course, this is especially true for new parents. One study found that new mothers looked at their 16-hour-old babies 80% of the time and smiled at them 34% of...
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When toddlers are learning to walk, many spend some time walking up on their tip toes, which is known as toe walking. Commonly this is to get into things they aren’t meant to, but as they perfect their walking, they walk more with their whole foot on the ground. The...
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Choosing which languages to teach children in a multilingual family is a tough question. Chz_mhOng/Shutterstock Ozge Ozturk, University of Cambridge and Katie Howard, University of Cambridge Diagnosed with autism and delayed language development, five-year-old Jose lives with his bilingual English-Spanish family in the UK. In addition to all the important decisions that...
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Most parents today would remember these from their childhood – wooden blocks, Lego or other forms of toy blocks. Preschools kept a variety of them, neatly stacked on shelves in the classroom. Not much has changed decades later as we are actively encouraged, in this technological age, to expose...
in-the-night-garden
The bedtime crew. DHX Media Sarah Rose, Staffordshire University Bedtime can often be a trying experience for young children – and their parents. But evidence suggests that regular bedtimes are very important for children’s wellbeing and development. One regular element of the routine for many families is the children’s TV show In the...
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Opti-Baby & Kids welcomes your child every day with open arms. We understand the heart of a parent, and we do everything from a parent’s perspective. Daycare is a big step for you and your child. We know that you’re entrusting us with the care of your little one...
adhd-child-on-trampoline
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a buzz phrase that is often used to describe children (and adults) who can’t sit still. But what is ADHD really? And how do those with ADHD and those without differ in terms of behaviour and actual brain structure and function? ADHD (formerly known...
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As young parents, we often worry about our kids’ development. We want to give them the best opportunities possible, but we can end up spending a lot of unnecessary money on trying to achieve this. According to a study done by UNICEF SA in 2007: “A family provides a young...
special needs child playing with toy
Whether it’s a child with visual impairment, Down syndrome, autism or any other condition, every child has a different need but they can all really benefit from creative play. All children love to play and be creative, and with kids who have special needs it’s important to think carefully about...