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Playdough recipe

Playdough recipe

This classic children's play material is so easy to make at home that you'll never want to buy it again! It's best to start simply with your hands and imagination (without bought tools and cookie cutters) to get the maximum sensory experience....

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Set up indoor gym for a small child

Set up indoor gym for a small child

It's winter or autumn and it's dreary outside. You have spent the whole day indoors. Or you've been outside, but your child is still full of energy, running around aimlessly or bouncing loudly on the sofa. You've run out of ideas. It's...

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Problems with speech comprehension

Problems with speech comprehension

Understanding language Understanding language begins with the child feeling that he or she is an effective communicator and repeatedly experiencing that he or she has loving people around him or her who understand what he or she means when he or she uses his or her body to...

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Mouth and face games

Mouth and face games

Mouth and face games, which are really a larger-than-life version of face-to-face games for babies, are probably the most important "games" to get an autistic child talking and interested in human interaction....

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10 important strategies for language comprehension

10 important strategies for language comprehension

10 Developmental Strategies to Help Your Child Understand Language Look at what the child is looking at AND look at their face so you can tune into their emotional state. Remember that the meaning of the words is not in the thing,...

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The basics of language development

The basics of language development

Human language is not only a learned behaviour, but consists of complex social communication about emotional-mental states, thoughts and ideas using symbols and cultural meanings. 1. Divided attention When a...

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Showing is the first sentence of a child

Showing is the first sentence of a child

Joint attention Joint attention is the process of sharing the experience of observing an object or event by following the gaze or pointing gestures of another. It is the mental progression from a two-way to a...

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How can you reduce the severity of autism in a child?

How can you reduce the severity of autism in a child?

6 factors for positive outcomes as identified by Ramey and Ramey 1998: the earlier, the better long-term (usually 2-3 years) and intensive, i.e. between 15-25 hours/week of direct work with the child, about 2 hours per day, and not just information for...

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The gestures of the child are what it wants to say

The gestures of the child are what it wants to say

Gestural communication Long before a child learns to speak, i.e. at least in the first 15 months, it communicates through GESTURES: with the hands, fingers, pointing, giving, handing, pushing away, ...BODY LANGUAGE: it moves the foot to say: "Do it again",...

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co-regulation occurs

co-regulation occurs

Self-regulation arises from co-regulation The ability to self-regulate is fundamental for healthy development and the basis for all further learning and cooperative behaviour. This is a matter of identifying and adapting to challenging behaviour and...

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He loves water!

He loves water!

Water is this unique medium that envelops you and seems to offer no resistance, can carry you but cannot be held. In order to hold it, you need a container that gives the water a shape and a boundary, and then a second container...

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How shelves promote language development

How shelves promote language development

Did you know that toy shelves promote language development? Everything has its place instead of disappearing in a big box or standing around somewhere. Everything that has its place has a name. There are the little pieces that like to be categorised....

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Learning to learn – The Waldon Approach

Learning to learn – The Waldon Approach

The Waldon Method stems from the work of child neurologist Dr Geoffrey Waldon on early cognitive development in the 1970-80s. His unique insights led to a new understanding of how cognition develops and the challenges children face....

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