Development

Children’s Poetry Books

Children find poetry charming, says book reviewer Debbie Young If you ask a roomful of adults whether they enjoy reading poems, many will deny it, with a shudder. Yet for most people, poetry will have been the first literature that they embraced as children, in the guise of nursery rhymes. This month, I’m going to […]

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What are baby ‘leaps’?

Dr. Frans Plooij P.HD explains…  It’s not your imagination– all babies go through a difficult period around the same age. Research has shown that babies make 10 major, predictable, age-linked changes – or leaps – during their first 20 months of their lives.  During this time, they will learn more than in any other time.  […]

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Books about the weather

Book reviewer Debbie Young makes some suggestions for this very relevant topic After the extreme climatic conditions we’ve had this winter, few children will have failed to notice the weather, even if it’s only to observe that there have been bigger, better puddles to splash their wellies in! With the weather always likely to feature […]

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Speech disorders: diagnosis and treatment

How do speech disorders affect your family and how might they be treated? By Kaitlin Ahern Speech disorders, which include stuttering, can have effects on social interaction and behavior as well as self-esteem. Typical diagnosis A speech disorder, also called speech impairment, can refer to a number of conditions in which a child has trouble […]

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Baby Massage

  The loving power of touch – Building brains and relationships Feeding, washing, cleaning, folding and the cycle repeats again… Parents with infants seamlessly move from one task to another each day with little hope of respite.  Unfortunately the tasks that zap our energy and keep us busy can mean that the time left with […]

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Books about the seasons

 Debbie Young suggests some good reads to brighten up these winter days To brighten the dark days and long nights that drag on long into the New Year, in this issue we’re checking out books about the four seasons. As adults, we take the annual cycle of the four seasons for granted, even though unseasonal […]

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