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6 Benefits of Puzzles for Kids You Might Not Know About

Jan. 19, 2023

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Hey! Today we are celebrating National Puzzle Day! Every January 29th, we acknowledge the benefits of puzzles for our brainwork.

Puzzles are a great way to put your mind to work, whether it's a crossword or jigsaw, trivia or word searches. Many studies have shown that we use both the left and right sides of our brains when solving a jigsaw puzzle. It is also proven that puzzle-solving exercises improve memory and cognitive function. In this article, we will highlight the benefits of puzzles you are probably not aware of. Keep on reading.

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by Olga Kitina (Special Education Teacher and Speech Therapist)
Hyperactivity in Children: Tips for Parents and Calming Games Ideas

Jan. 9, 2023

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Many parents are familiar with the situation when a toddler runs around the flat without stopping, screams, taps on furniture, lies down on the floor and waves his legs and arms and does not hear at all what you are telling him.

The first thing to do in this situation is to divert the toddler's attention.

To do this, you can use little tricks. Keep reading to find out what tricks you can use to quieten down your little fidget.

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by Jorezza Antonio (Behavioral Therapist)
Friendships Between Kids of Different Genders

Sept. 26, 2022

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“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C.S. Lewis.

As the saying goes, no man is an island. Friends are our acquired family – friendship is not something we are born to but a relationship that we build. It starts the moment we realize that we have mutual interests, beliefs and values with another person. And even though differences are still present, we respect those differences. It is a relationship wherein gender, race, social status, or anything else does not matter.

Friendships are often formed during childhood, and this form of friendship happens to be more genuine than what we have as adults. Between kids, there are no biases, they tend to focus on the fun and bonding experiences they have with one another.

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Hands-on Ways To Practice Multiplication in Everyday Life and Play

June 22, 2022

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Multiplication (actually math in general) can seem like an abstract concept that is difficult to think of in practical ways. As parents, we might think back to our days of learning multiplication, and remember how we were taught to memorize facts with flashcards and repeated practice. We were told that memorizing these facts were important, but we were never told why.

When we’re teaching our own children, it’s easy to revert back to the old teaching methods that we are most familiar with, even though memorization drills can become tedious and boring. But learning multiplication can actually be fun!

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Eating Disorders in Kids: Warning Signs and Preemption Methods

June 6, 2022

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Food is important for growth and strength, especially for children. Food is a source of nutrients essential for our whole body to function well – including our muscles, bones, and organs. Eating disorders involve an unhealthy relationship with food that results in serious physical, emotional, social or mental health problems. A study by Rozzell and colleagues (2019) found that 1.4% of children had been diagnosed with an eating disorder.

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How to Develop Child's Speech at the Age of 3-4. Tips for Parents. Methods, Techniques and Educational Games.

May 19, 2022

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The child begins his or her acquaintance with the surrounding world due to their speech. Every year this acquaintance becomes more intense and filled. It is important that children`s speech development should take place promptly. It should be driven in accordance with the norms that can be traced at a certain age level.

The child needs help in order to master their speech fully. Some ways and methods of developing speech skills in early preschool age are also available to parents. These ways and methods are simple and effective. They are not difficult to master on their own.

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Our New “Learn Like Nastya” App Is Out!

May 13, 2022

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Childhood is a time of wonder! On their breathtaking quest to make sense of the world, kids learn an incredible amount of new things and establish numerous new logical connections each day. Therefore, it’s safe to say that every child is a sort of a genius - bursting with endless curiosity, open to new experiences, soaking up knowledge like a sponge.

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by Jorezza Antonio (Behavioral Therapist)
Punishment and Reinforcement in Correcting a Child’s Behavior

May 10, 2022

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Finding the right way to correct the demeanor of a misbehaving child has always been a question. Parents often wonder if it’s okay to punish their kids and which type of punishment would work best without traumatizing the child. Punishment does help to prevent unacceptable behaviors, but what’s really important is how you do it.

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Speech Development Norms and Disorders of 3 – 4 Years Old Toddlers

May 6, 2022

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Speech development at the age of 3 has a particularly wide range for different toddlers of the same age. Some toddlers do not have any difficulties in the process of mastering speech. They take an interest in the sound analysis of the word. Other toddlers have just started to make up phrases more or less correctly. Their speech is very far from being perfect.

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Being a Good Parent: Different Parenting Styles

May 2, 2022

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Children are different in so many ways. Being a kindergarten teacher and a behavior therapist, I witness a whole spectrum of differences between kids and their parents. The parent-child relationship is reflected in the child’s demeanor. According to Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., good parenting is necessary to help foster behavior and emotions in most children. Let us take a look at different parenting styles and check what parenting style you administer to your child.

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