If you are unsure about how your child’s speech and language is developing because they may appear to be unresponsive to vocal cues, or seem to be taking longer than their peers to speak in full sentences, the natural reaction may be to think the child might have speech and language delay. This may not always be the case. Read more
Children with learning disorders will have on-going difficulties in processing and retaining information. This will negatively affect reading, writing, spelling, and maths abilities of the child. Some of the most common learning disorders include: Read more
Having a learning disorder like dyslexia, dyspraxia, or attention deficit disorder can make life difficult for many children. They may find they have a difficult time keeping up with their peers, and as a result they may find it difficult to make meaningful connections that are so important for young children’s social, emotional, and mental development. Read more
Your child may be doing well in school. They may even be a model student. As a parent and educator, this is always a good sign that the child is developing well and learning.
As the child progresses, you start to see signs of trouble. Their school performance drops significantly; seemingly overnight. The child is having to read and reread because they don’t know what they’re reading. The child is starting to miss out on homework and assignments when previously they were so responsible. Read more
You might have heard people mention ADD and ADHD in normal conversation. ADD and ADHD are in common use in the population but do people really know what they mean? Do you know the difference between ADD and ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition where the person may be hyperactive, impulsive, and lack the ability to control their immediate impulses. Children with ADHD usually display signs very early on in their childhood, with symptoms that range from: Read more
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be diagnosed as early as 18 months but professionals will suggest parents monitor and wait until age 3. Parents will actually predict their child’s later autism spectrum disorder long before any professional diagnosis. According to a 2009 research (J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2009 Oct; 30(5): 367–375.),
Retrospective studies indicate that parents recognize signs of autism far earlier than it is diagnosed.
Getting a child to open up can sometimes be difficult. Pressing the child with questions is counterproductive as it triggers their self defense mechanism. When the child does not open up, they are more difficult to teach and learning opportunities diminish. Read more
The holidays may be a very rough, chaotic time for children with special needs. There are a lot of non-routine activities happening all around them all at once, with familiar and unfamiliar friends and families showing up. For many children with special needs, this can be excess stimuli. Read more
As a parent, you probably already spend a lot of time with your child; but if your instinct is to be even more involved, you may be on to something. Beyond just the time that parents spend with their child, the parent’s emotional involvement in a child’s development can be crucial to how the child develops emotionally, psychologically, socially. Read more