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Seasonal Affective Disorder in Children: What to Know

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern, emerging in the fall and winter as daylight lessens and letting up in the spring and summer as the days lengthen.

While SAD has received a fair amount of attention for its effects on adults, the condition can also affect children. Here’s what you should know about SAD and how to help your child if they experience it.

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Topics: Child Development

The Benefits of Infant Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

“The environments infants and toddlers encounter, the relationships they form, and the activities they engage in before age 3—both inside the home and out—are key to healthy and positive growth, development, and learning outcomes that can last a lifetime.” (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

A strongly recommended practice for children, from the infant stage and up, is a community of care—or COC—which means that children have consistency in their caregivers for a length of time, perhaps two to three years.

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Topics: Child Development

5 Ways an Afterschool Program Can Help Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

From a practical standpoint, quality programs allow parents to work while knowing their children are in a nurturing environment outside of school time. That by itself is quite important, so we’ll delve more into that benefit, along with four other valuable ones connected with high-quality afterschool programs.

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Topics: Child Development

Give Your Child the Advantages of Exceptional Afterschool Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 02, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

The benefits of afterschool care can be quite significant academically, socially and emotionally—and quality programming also helps children to develop skills they will use throughout their lifetime. Here are some of the ways a quality afterschool program can benefit your child and position them for lifelong success.

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Topics: Child Development

Horizon Now Offers Yoga Classes for Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Even if their worries are smaller, children can experience stress just like adults. And in the same ways that yoga can help adults decompress and work out that bad energy, we’ve found it works for children, too.

Horizon Education Centers now has 112 staff members trained to practice yoga with children through a program called Yoga 4 Classrooms. As a result, our teachers have seen an increased ability to manage student behaviors in a positive and productive manner. We’ve also been able to better manage high and low energy levels in the classroom.

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Topics: Child Development

How to Encourage Motor Skills Development in Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

When people think about what’s important to develop in children before they start school, they often think about children learning to count and the alphabet, and other academic-related pursuits. Those are very important skills—but much of early learning takes place through the development of the child’s body, called their motor skills. There are two main types of motor development: gross and fine—and both are crucial.

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Topics: Child Development, Activities for Children

Benefits of Routines for Young Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

“One of a family's greatest challenges is to establish comfortable, effective routines, which should achieve a happy compromise between the disorder and confusion that can occur without them and the rigidity and boredom that can come with too much structure and regimentation, where children are given no choice and little flexibility.” (HealthyChildren.org)

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Topics: Child Development

Who’s Up for Hopscotch? Benefits of this Time-Tested Game

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

When we say that hopscotch is an old-fashioned form of fun, we aren’t kidding. Some experts believe it was created back in Ancient Rome, if you can imagine that. One group suggests that Roman soldiers participated in the activity on 100-foot-long hopscotch courses, dressed in heavy armor, to build endurance. Others believe that the modern game comes from an earlier version played by Roman children.

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Topics: Child Development

Preschoolers and Socialization: Tips for Parents

Posted by David Smith on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

If you are a natural social butterfly, it may be hard for you to understand why your child is content to play by himself or herself. Your child may or may not display signs of social anxiety – and in fact may feel none. He or she just is okay playing alone. What do you do to prepare your child for preschool?

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Topics: Child Development, Preschool, Social Interaction

Strategies to Handle Your Bossy Preschooler

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Each preschooler has a unique personality. Some are shyer children, and perhaps they enjoy more time spent looking at books or coloring pictures. Others are the social leaders who organize games and otherwise chat up fellow classmates. Then, of course, there are the bossy ones, who enjoy telling others what to do – and it can be somewhat uncomfortable if you find out that your child falls into that category. What should you do?

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Preschool

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