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Our tips on improving your child’s sleep-wake cycle on Living with Logan

July 13, 2012 in Autism, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Conditions, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Education and Parenting, Food and Nutrition, Guest Posts, Health & Medical, Stroke

Our friend Caryn over at Living with Logan was kind enough to feature our blog post, Improving Your Child’s Sleep-Wake Cycle, on her site. Check it out here!

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Check out our guest post on Friendship Circle!

June 1, 2012 in All Blogs, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Conditions, Developmental Delay, Education and Parenting, Health & Medical, Living, Our Blog, Stroke

Friendship Circle is a great resource for special needs. Check out our guest post on the 9 important developmental milestones for your child’s growth!

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Mom’s love helps kids’ brains grow

February 2, 2012 in Education and Parenting, Health & Medical, Living, News

The love of a mother for a child fosters the growth of a region in the child’s brain that is key for learning and responding to stress. In this week’s online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers reported that children who were cared for to a higher degree had a 10 percent larger hippocampus than their peers whose mothers didn’t show as much care. From these findings, study author Dr. Joan Luby suggests that we pay more attention to parents’ nurturing as it has a large impact on later development. Also, researchers recommend that greater emphasis by the public health system on early parenting could be a fruitful social investment. To read more about this study, click the link below.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/01/31/nurture-children-brain.html

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The first steps to improving a child’s drooling

January 19, 2012 in All Blogs, Autism, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Conditions, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Health & Medical, Our Blog, Stroke

For many parents of children with special needs, drooling is a common yet difficult issue to address. When a child is young, it is normal for him to drool as teething stimulates the glands in the mouth. However, drooling later on in life is a bigger problem which may occur due to several reasons including swallowing abnormalities, difficulty moving saliva to the back of the throat, and instability of the jaw. Depending on the cause, available treatments range from medications and surgeries to therapy and treatments. However, it is important to receive an ear, nose and throat examination and identify the cause before deciding on the best way to improve your child’s condition.

Among parents of children with neurological conditions however, many have the same question: how can I improve my child’s drooling without using surgery or medications? To be able to answer this, as mentioned in our previous article you can’t just look at and treat one aspect of your child’s condition. Whether it’s a child’s drooling, vision or limb function, these are issues which cannot be successfully treated without looking at the child’s general condition. From this overview, you will be able to see how an impairment in one area will inadvertently cause impairment in a child’s other functions. Without addressing these issues, a child may fall into a roller coaster of compensatory functions, which will then start snowballing into a series of more serious and complex problems affecting each part of his body.

The importance of trunk control

So what are the first steps to addressing this problem? It all starts with the trunk, which is the core of the body. When looking at ways to improve drooling, one of the first areas to check is whether the trunk has developed properly. With trunk control, a child is able to gain control of his neck, thereby leading to improvements in their facial expression and facial control. By reducing tension in the neck and face muscles, it improves a person’s control of his lips, tongue and drooling, opening the possibility for other treatments, like speech language pathology, to succeed.

For these reasons, it’s important to really look at the global picture of what is happening with your child. Teach him everything, and don’t just be stuck on improving his drooling, speech or hand movement. In taking this approach and going from a general to a more specific perspective, you’ll be able to better address your child’s needs and improvements.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment down below or feel free to email me. Thanks everyone!

So what are the first steps you have taken to improving a child’s drooling?

For more information, visit http://www.scope.org.uk/help-and-information/cerebral-palsy-and/drooling-and-cerebral-palsy

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Child health reports says kids at risk

January 12, 2012 in Health & Medical, Living, News

CANADA – According to the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS), Canada needs to devote more of its efforts to the health and safety of its children. Based on Tuesday’s biennial report, federal, provincial and territorial governments can take concrete steps to “better protect and promote kids’ health and well-being in areas such as injury and disease prevention”. The CPS urges governments to implement programs for children that reduce economic disparities in Canada, since 700, 000 of the country’s 5 million residents live in poverty. The Canadian Pediatric Society is asking for increased investments in early childhood education and emphasizes how the returns on investments will be much higher. To read about each province’s grades on regulations, click the link below.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/01/10/child-health-cps-provinces.html

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Blinking may yield clues about autism

December 16, 2011 in Autism, Conditions, Developmental Delay, Health & Medical, Living, News

New findings in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences suggest that there are key differences between children with and without autism & autism spectrum disorders when they blink their eyes.  During the study, 2 year-olds with and without autism watched a video of children playing. In the children without autism, the rate of blinking decreased when watching the emotional parts then during physical movements. The pattern was reversed among autistic children. The blinking patterns of a person indexes how engaged one is and the level of importance they perceive what they’re watching to be. With such new findings, researchers are able to understand how children with autism look at, engage with, and learn from what they see. This provides more information about the cues distracting and engaging children with autism. To learn about how such new findings may help develop effective therapies, click the link below.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500368_162-57341751/blinking-may-yield-clues-about-autism/

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