The month of January has flown by and we have much to revisit!
Dave McGinn discussed the social advantages children can gain from an imaginary friend. Not only can a child gain self-esteem and become more socially confident when parent’s nurture an imaginary friend, they can also suffer from a parent or authority figure who does not embrace their blind-purple-people-eating pals.
Play therapy is a helpful tool for children who have experienced trauma or changes in their lives and are not sure how to cope with these new feelings. Using tools such as Sand Tray Play and other forms of play therapy, Toni King builds a safe environment for children to express themselves free of violence.
Whats better than candy to a child? Money. According to studies performed by the University of Minnesota, children may be more effected by money than we think, even though they may not fully comprehend what money is. “Money is a double-edged sword. It produces good outcomes in terms of concentration and effort, but bad outcomes when it comes to helping, taking, and donating.”
Protecting children from negative stereotypes in the classroom benefits the whole classroom. “…studies involved a values affirmation exercise aimed at diminishing the threat of negative stereotypes related to African American students’ academic abilities.” When the children participated in the exercise, it provided measurable benefits for everyone in the environment. A positive and nurturing environment will help children learn.
Does your child have two left feet? They may not just be clumsy, they may be suffering from dyspraxia! Children with dyspraxia may have “difficulties with memory, perception and processing, along with poor planning, organisation and sequencing skills, which can have a significant negative impact on everyday activities. It can also affect speech.” The most common indicator of dyspraxia is poor handwriting.
Hey, Parents! Do you know making time to play with your child/children will result in “developing a deeper understanding of your child creates feelings of warmth and connection between you?” Being a parent is demanding. You have many titles to juggle when it comes to your children, but it’s important not to forget that play-mate is a very important title among them.
Should children know at least 25 words by the age of 2 years? Dr Kirsten Abbot-Smith says “Yes!” Children who have not built up a vocabulary of around 25 words by this time may be exhibiting signs of developmental problems, hearing problems, or autism. Don’t panic, Parents! Many late bloomers catch up, but it’s important to be aware of the mile-stones. Though the exact words may vary from child to child due to environmental and familial differences, the two word at the top of the list tends to be- drum roll, please- “Mommy” and “Daddy”!
Parents who are trying to be supportive of their children’s gender-curiosity may be confusing them. “Doctoral student of sexual neuroscience Deborah Soh raises alarm that many feminine boys and masculine girls are being encouraged by their parents and therapists to undergo social transitions, changing their names and pronouns to live full-time in the other gender. Soh characterizes these transitions as premature and in contradiction with established research, citing studies showing that most children who are gender nonconforming do not grow up to be transgender adults.” Remember, loving and supporting your children means letting them learn about themselves naturally. Try not to push too much!
Play Therapy is becoming more popular among teachers and practitioners. Play therapy is a wonderful way to help children communicate their feelings. Play is, after all, the language of children!
Group therapy is helping autistic children better cope with the everyday stresses of life. It’s no surprise that having someone to talk to is a cathartic in practice. Identifying with others sharing the same issues is also quite helpful.
And so January comes to a close! Can’t wait to see what February has in store for us!