Recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics-- reading to young children may promote positive social-emotional skills! Reading aloud to children Birth-5 can improve attention and counteract less-desired behaviors like hyperactivity and aggression.
Another study about the importance of early childhood experiences: https://www.salk.edu/news-release/early-developmental-experiences-influence-dna-in-the-adult-brain/
New Research about why pointing matters: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cdev.12707
With video: https://www.childtrends.org/videos/wild-baby-talk-learning-by-pointing
The term "Hippotherapy" is often misunderstood-- here is a wonderful blog explaining what hippotherapy is, and how therapists use it for specific therapy goals:
Cathy is now offering speech-language therapy sessions with the use of hippotherapy through Medicine Horse Program.
Check out MHP's website to learn about hippotherapy and equine-facilitated therapy options: http://www.medicinehorse.org/staff/
I always enjoy speaking to the new moms at the Avista Hospital New Moms' Group. Please contact the Avista's Moms & Babies group on Facebook if you have questions about this great group of new mothers. This class will cover sign language, speech and language strategies, and ideas to get your little ones started off right on foods and general oral-motor skills. Many thanks!
I get so many questions about how to help children learn two languages... even if the parents are not fluent in more than one language. Here's a new study that addresses just that! Enjoy!
Krisi Brackett and Jo Cormack recently wrote blog articles that are family-friendly overviews. Read Krisi Brackett's post on learning to chew here:
Read Jo Cormack's post on stress during mealtimes here: