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Monday, December 10, 2018

new preschool series

"Gigantosaurus", is a new, funny, animated series from Cyber Group Studios, that will bring larger-than-life fun to preschoolers nationwide this January. Based on Jonny Duddle's bestselling book of the same name, the series stars are four fun dinosaur friends who will take preschoolers on exciting, comedy-filled adventures. "Gigantosaurus" premieres Friday, January 18, (9:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and will also become available that day in the DisneyNOW app.  "Children have always been fascinated by dinosaurs and they will immediately relate to these unique characters, who, like them, are just beginning to assert their independence and learn about the importance of being themselves and being a good friend," Chairman and CEO of Cyber Group Studios. broadway world more

seat switch

Lucy, an 11-month old, travels from Orlando to Philadelphia to receive treatment for her chronic lung disease at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  When she recently boarded the plane with her mother, a flight attendant told them that a man in first class gave up his seat for them.  The mom was touched by the kindness and hopes to pay it forward.  To read more or to see Lucy's photos, click here: yahoo more

fearless child

“Welcome to the neighborhood, ‘Fearless Girl,'” said Betty Liu, executive vice chairman of the stock exchange. “You’re among friends here at the New York Stock Exchange.” The statue of a girl standing unwavering with her fists on her hips as the wind whips her hair has found a new home.  Not only has she inspired millions with the message of female empowerment, she now has forced change.  She was first unveiled as an effort to spur companies to put more women on their boards.  Since her first appearance in March of 2017, one of the 301 companies identified as not having any females on their board has added a woman onto their board.  Keep motivating "Fearless Girl." time more

positive reinforcement vs bribery

Parents struggling to determine if they will pay their children for positive behaviors may want to read a new perspective piece in the washington post. One mother touts her positive reinforcement chart as a way to eliminate attention-seeking, aggressive, avoidance or demanding behaviors and to reward the behaviors you are attempting to have them complete. But is it bribery? “One of the biggest concerns I hear from parents is, ‘Isn’t this bribery?’ ” says psychologist Cindy Graham. “Basically, yes. But then I ask them how many adults will go and work out of the kindness of their heart if they weren’t getting paid monetarily. Reinforcement is built into who we are. It pays to go to work. We don’t do it for free, even if society needs it. Kids are no different.” So if you agree, here's how to get started:
  • learn the language of positive and use it often with your children
  • create a reinforcement chart that reflects your desired behaviors
  • modify the number of behaviors you want them to learn and the time allotted for each task
  • remember to be flexible and switch up the chart when needed
  • choose a motivating reward that is age appropriate when the tasks are completed or the desired behavior is used - stickers, special privileges, money, etc. 
  • give that motivating reward often
  • customize your chart
  • remove negative connotations while speaking + from the chart

removing the stigma from childhood masturbation

Childhood masturbation guidance is not highly covered with pediatric literature and parents are often too embarrassed or unwilling to discuss it with their children. Even the United States Surgeon General could not discuss the topic freely. After she attended at United Nations Conference on Aids in 1994 and said that masturbation was a "part of human sexuality" she was forced to resign her position. Although there may be little support for parents surrounding this topic, children might have questions or confusing feelings surrounding it. Therefore, if you are comfortable discussing the topic with your children, you may be able to take the shame and stigma out of it. “Masturbation is completely safe sex, a way for young people to experience sexual pleasure not with other people, risk-free, and that’s a good thing too,” says Leslie M. Kantor, a professor at Rutgers School of Public Health. If you are interested in more guidance, check out the nytimes article.more

teenz + pot + behavioral impact

As dozens of states move toward legalizing marijuana—for both medical and recreational purposes—scientists and parents have asked what the impact might be on children. Will more teens use pot? Will doing so cause behavioral problems? Will they develop a substance-use disorder?  The study, led by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, found that marijuana use among teens does not lead to conduct problems. In fact, it's the other way around. Adolescents with conduct problems—like cheating, skipping class and stealing—are more likely to gravitate toward marijuana use. "Parents ought to be somewhat reassured that cannabis use doesn't lead to the type of mental health problems related to conduct issues," said Dan Romer, a co-author of the study and research director of the Annenberg Center. medical xpress more

autism + adhd + siblings

 A new study suggests that families who already have a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should monitor younger siblings for symptoms of both conditions since they are considered to be at an elevated risk for both disorders. Symptoms of ADHD include difficulty focusing, nonstop talking or blurting things out, increased activity, and trouble sitting still. ASD, on the other hand, involves significant challenges with social interaction and communication, as well as the presence of unusual interests or repetitive behaviors like hand flapping or lining up objects. "We've known for a long time that younger siblings of children with autism are at higher-than-average risk for autism, but the field didn't have adequate data to tell whether they were at increased risk for ADHD.  Despite the fact that autism and ADHD appear very different in their descriptions, this work highlights the overlapping risk; younger siblings of children with ASD are at elevated risk of both ADHD and autism, and younger siblings of children with ADHD are at elevated risk not only for ADHD, but also for autism," states researcher Meghan Miller - Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the UC Davis MIND Institute.more

raising a gifted child

A perspective piece in huffington post explains the challenges one family deals with as they bring up their gifted young child.  Gifted children are not only extremely intellectual, but often times they also struggle with perfectionism and synchronous development (the mismatch between cognitive, emotional, and physical development of gifted individuals.)   They may have challenges with fine motor skills, social skills or the subject they do not excel in.  Generally, the more advanced a child is in one topic, the greater they may be under-performing in other areas.  This can be a challenge for the child when unsuspecting peers point out the discrepancy.  As a parent, the author of the piece also struggles with her own parenting guilt, as she attempts to make sure that her child is challenged at school and has enough productive stimulation. Although social media might poke fun at parents who complain about the challenges surrounding raising a gifted child, everyone can relate to a parent trying their best to parent the child in front of them.more

opioid addicted newborns have smaller heads

Healthday News Reports: Infants born addicted to opioids may be more likely to have smaller heads that might hinder their development, new research suggests. "Babies chronically exposed to opiates [during pregnancy] had a head size about a centimeter smaller" than babies born to moms not using drugs, said lead researcher Dr. Craig Towers. He's an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology with the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. These infants had three times higher odds of a head size that fell within the lowest 10 percent of all babies in the study, results showed. Prior research has shown that infants born with smaller heads typically have a higher rate of mental health and developmental problems, Towers said.more

alert - recall of meijer infant + toddler hoodies

Meijer is recalling 25,000 infant and toddler hoodies due to a zipper slider that can detach and pose a choking hazard to children. The recall includes Falls Creek Kids branded children's zip-up hoodies sold in five colors in sizes 12M, 18M, 24M, 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission . The hoodies were sold at Meijer stores nationwide from June through October.

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