behavior

Indoor and Outdoor Activities to help with Fine and Gross Motor Skills – Parents Article

Like it? Share it, or post a comment below!By TEIS Early Intervention Staff Outdoor Games and Indoor Crafts During your child’s first years of life, there are a variety of outdoor activities and indoor crafts that encourage the development of both gross and fine motor skills. From finger painting and working with homemade playdough indoors to playing with a ball or coloring with sidewalk chalk outside, there are many fun activities that strengthen muscles, help develop fine motor coordination, and…

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Childhood Visual Impairement. Is Your Child’s Eyesight at Risk? – Parents Article

Like it? Share it, or post a comment below!By TEIS Early Intervention Staff Children’s Vision Takes Time to Develop During the first months of life, your child’s eyes are experiencing the world for the first time, and their primary focus is only 8 to 10 inches away (about the distance to a parent’s face when being held.) At first, baby’s eyes may appear to be unfocused, to wander, or be crossed. It’s not an early concern, as your baby won’t…

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Social and Emotional Learning in Children. Self-Awareness, Empathy – Parents Article

Like it? Share it, or post a comment below!By TEIS Early Intervention Staff What is SEL? Social and emotional learning is not new; it affects everyone, every day. It’s about self-awareness, self-control, and the interpersonal learning skills that are a part of school, work, and personal relationships. SEL started with The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and from a meeting hosted by the Fetzer Institute in 1994. Comprised of a distinguished national leadership team, the purpose of…

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Picky Eaters. Are Your Child’s Eating Habits a Problem? – Parents Article

Like it? Share it, or post a comment below!By TEIS Early Intervention Staff Are Your Child’s Eating Habits a Problem or a Phase? At some point your baby is likely to push away the carrot puree.  Your toddler may turn their head when faced with a spoon full of peas. Most “picky eating” behavior is normal and occurs at one time or another among 20% to 50% of kids. Young children can be frustrating at mealtime for a wide range…

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Scary or Spooky Behavior? – Parents Article

Scary or Spooky Behavior? As parents and people who work with children, we bear witness to a broad range of behaviors. From sweet to sour and everything in between. Truth is, we see the same range of behaviors in adults! If you’ve been around people long enough, you know exactly what I mean.  No Judgment Rather than viewing tantrums, screaming matches, whining and teeth-gnashing episodes as behavior problems and character flaws, what if instead, we looked at them as the…

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Faced with Troubling Behavior – Now What? (with Susan Stiffelman and Maggie Dent) – Parents Article

In this episode: 3 experts – 1 microphone… Janet is joined in a lively discussion by family counselor Susan Stiffelman and best-selling parenting author Maggie Dent. Together they explore some of the common issues affecting our children’s behaviors and offer steps parents can take to understand and address them. How do we respond when our child’s behavior seems problematic? Is it a reflection on us? And how do we communicate with our child to untangle what’s really going on and…

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Baby Talk or Babbling is a Developmental Milestone on the way to Speech – Parents Article

Like it? Share it, or post a comment below!By TEIS Early Intervention Staff Before Baby’s First Words Comes Babble For baby, communication starts with crying, that all purpose attention getter that can wake you up in the wee hours and keep you on your toes all day long. While it may not seem like it at first, your baby is definitely paying attention to what you have to say. You may be focused on soothing your child back to sleep…

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Benefits of Crawling, an amazing activity for learning and growth. – Parents Article

Like it? Share it, or post a comment below!By TEIS Early Intervention Staff Building Skills and Healthy Bodies For your baby, crawling is much more than a way to get around on hands and knees. It’s a superpower that helps introduce her to the world, building skills and self-awareness in beneficial ways. For scientists studying early development, the simple activity of crawling is full of surprises. Crawling helps develop both coordination and environmental curiosity. With this simple, safe movement, your…

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Negative Thinking, Positive Thinking and Parenting – Parents Article

Your Internal Tape DeckDo you remember tape players (perhaps even the 8-track tape variety)…those magical, wonderful contraptions that allowed us to listen to music on tape before the advent of walkman radios, compact discs, MP3 players, digital downloads and the like?These outdated devices allowed us to stop, rewind…and play certain parts of the tape over and over, at will.  Now, imagine that you have a tape deck in your head. This particular tape deck provides a running commentary on your…

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Why Is My Child’s Behavior Prickly? – Foster Parents Article

When our child’s behavior becomes off-putting, or prickly, it’s often hard to remember that it’s an indication of something bigger going on with them. Remembering this, however, can change how we approach our children… Blackberries are ripening in Indiana. The warm, rainy summer has left our crop of berries abundant. Behind our barn on the east side of our property the blackberry bushes grow wild, twisting and climbing, weaving their way over old tree stumps and hiding the fresh fruit behind tall weeds.…

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