Archive | September, 2016

Walk the Walk … Safely

28 Sep

When comparing all forms of transport, pedestrians are the most vulnerable on the road. Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Teen pedestrians are more likely to be treated in hospitals for crash-related injuries than other age groups. Before your family Continue Reading

Night Lights

26 Sep

Having trouble streamlining your family’s bedtime routine? A new study suggests the benefits of getting your littles tucked in early could be lifelong. According to research done by scientists at the Ohio State University College of Public Health and published in the Journal of Pediatrics, preschoolers who go to bed later by just one hour Continue Reading

De-Mystifying Math

22 Sep

New evidence suggests we need to make math education more visual to increase its effectiveness. While students have previously been discouraged from using their fingers while learning math, a Stanford University study reveals quite the opposite. “Our brains use visual pathways when we are learning math – our brains actually ‘see’ a representation of fingers Continue Reading

Teens and Texts

19 Sep

It’s not easy to pry your teen’s cell phone out of their hot little hands, but you may want to implement a no texting after dark rule. A study published in the Journal of Child Neurology showed that teens who continued to text after their presumed bedtime when lights were out slept fewer hours, making Continue Reading

Helping Kids to Be Present in This Pokémon GO Age

13 Sep

By Matthew McKay During a family vacation this summer I was strolling along the harborfront of Lake of the Woods in Ontario. The lake is my spiritual home, a refuge to escape into the almost 5000 square miles of sun spackled water dotted with 14,000 wooded islands. The beauty and tranquility soothes my mind and Continue Reading

Become a Master Communicator with Your Child by Following Four Simple Rules

9 Sep

By Jude Bijou Were your parents good communicators? Do your words or tone feel threatening to your family members? Are you often unable to get your message across?  Do you struggle to say what you mean? You aren’t alone if you find good communication difficult. We just weren’t taught about how regardless of whether we’re Continue Reading

Help Your Kindergartner Thrive

5 Sep

Deborah Dixon, MS, CCC-SLP, director of school services for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), details key skills that children need for a successful school experience. Essential skills that are the foundation of school-readiness include: Communication skills – sharing one’s thoughts, wants, and needs as well as understanding the thoughts, wants, and needs of others. Social Continue Reading