Help Your Kids Achieve Their Full Brain Potential

Our brain is the most complex and most vital organ of our body. Apparently, this organ also matures outside the mother’s womb; a baby is born with an incomplete brain. Thus, as he grows old, every experience during his/her early years will have an immense effect on his life. Parents know that they need to provide their children with a safe place to live and healthy foods to eat. Just as important as these basic needs are the positive intellectual, physical and emotional experiences that child has in his/hear early years of development. Parents, as well as educators during a child’s early childhood have the greatest influence on the child’s brain development and full potential.

 

Parents can do many things to assist their children become the best they can be. They need to provide their children with healthy and stimulating environment to assist in the development of children’s brain. Below are the tips suggested by Helene Goldnadel in this regard:

 

Parents and teachers should be warm as well as loving. Children also have senses that allow them to experience and discover what a relationship is. Interactions that are filled with warmth and love can make children feel secured and safe. Touching, for example is a simple gesture that can help stimulate the brain in releasing growth hormones.

 

Being responsive to a child’s expression, movements and sounds. Infants still cannot speak in order to communicate what they feel. Babies acquire the feeling of safety and security when their parents respond to them accordingly. Babies know that they will be comforted when they cry; will be fed when they are hungry and will be played with when they smile.

 

Sing, talk and read stories to your child. These things will help encourage language and speech development in children; even if the child still cannot understand what you are saying.

 

Create rituals and routines that will be reassuring for children. These things will help the child to learn about expectations. For example, when you close the curtains, the child will know that it is time for nap of for sleep. Giving your child predictable and safe interactions will help them perform better in school.

 

Encourage your child to explore, to be curious and to play. As a baby learns to crawl and to walk, that is also when he/she begins to explore. Parents need to be encouraging as the child becomes curious with the world around him/her. They need to be receptive to the child as he/she returns to once again feel safe after an exploration. Play time is an opportunity for children to explore and learn more.

 

Parents should carefully select which TV programs the children will watch. Children at a very young age are still in the stage of learning what reality and pretension are. There can be images in television programs that may promote language development but there are also those that will only lead to fright and confusion.

 

Impose discipline accordingly and use it a chance to teach children. Use discipline to supervise lovingly and consistently so the child will learn what his/her limits are.

 

Properly communicate to the child what he/she needs to do at that time. Use positive languages in redirecting a child’s attention. Saying no can be done without disregarding love. If you will set a rule for a child to follow. Make sure that you explain your reason for such rules. Be specific and limited in the tasks you are giving to a child. Pay attention to what a child also feels. Let them know how their actions can also affect other people. Encourage your child to also use proper words in expressing and communicating his/her own thought and feelings.

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Helene Goldnadel on Educational Path for Children with Cerebral Palsy

How a child receives his education is one of the most important choices a parent faces. For the parent of a child with cerebral palsy, the choices are no less important and can be very difficult. Like all parents, you want to place your child in an educational environment that will allow him to thrive and reach his or her greatest potential. Every child with cerebral palsy has different needs and abilities and deciding whether to place them in a special education environment, with specially trained instructors or a mainstream education program, where they might find more opportunities to learn how to function in mainstream culture. Either choice has its advantages and disadvantages.

MAINSTREAM

Mainstream doesn’t automatically mean “public school.” Private schools also offer mainstream education and environment.

If a child’s cerebral palsy is deemed “mild,” he or she will probably benefit from a mainstream environment. It can provide them with certain social skills and emotional growth they might not get elsewhere. So much of early education is about socialization and learning to interact with others. Proponents of placing children with mild cerebral palsy into mainstream educational systems suggest it benefits both the afflicted child (by giving them a stronger sense of daily routine and boasting their self-esteem) and the non-disabled child (who gains a stronger sense of empathy and inclusivity).

As mandated by law (IDEA – Individual with Disabilities Education Act), children who meet the requirements of “special needs” can and should develop an IEP (individualized education program) to ensure a child’s educational needs are met. IEP’s may include additional or alternative physical or speech therapy or other special considerations during certain classes. This can help keep them in the mainstream environment while seeing that they get the special attention they require. IEP’s can address both physical limitations as well as cognitive.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Children with more severe manifestations of cerebral palsy may not be able to thrive in a mainstream environment and may benefit from attending a special education school. Here they will work with a staff of education specialists trained to educate children with a variety of disabilities, not just cerebral palsy. In a special school program, each needs of each child is independently addressed and monitored, thus eliminating the fear that a mainstream school might move too fast for your child.

The lines between mainstream education and special education are not as harshly defined as they once were. Children who attend special schools often attend classes (such as art and music) at mainstream schools or attend mainstream school for the bulk of their courses and only attend special school classes in subjects they are struggling with.

In choosing an educational path that best fits the needs and abilities of your child, there are ample resources. Teachers, doctors and therapists are all available to work with you in bringing together the right components of the education your child needs and deserves.

 

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Helene Goldnadel on Helping Your Child Develop His Special Abilities

It may not be immediately apparent, but all children are very good at SOMETHING. In the modern education process, these God-given strengths and talents are often overlooked. Identifying these special talents is an integral aspect of child development. If your child has a special talent, his or her schoolteachers should know of it – it may not always translate into better grades, but it will definitely help in bringing out your child’s special persona.

 

A child’s special talents can be overlooked in school for various reasons. For instance, he or she may not speak English as a primary language. In many cases, a talented child is sensitive to the point of introversion, in which case his or her special abilities are hidden under a bushel for most part of the school years. If your child attends a school that, apart from academics, also focuses on identifying children’s special abilities, your child is indeed lucky. Such schools usually have methods of grooming such gifts and helping the child develop them.

 

However, it all begins with you – the parent. There is really no substitute to helping your kid to develop his or her special ability at home. It is only when you have identified such a talent and pointed it out to your child convincingly that you should make the school aware of it. This cannot be early enough, and it doesn’t require you to have that talent yourself – or even a lot of money to spare for the grooming process. All you really need to do is encourage your child to set higher goals for himself in that department. He needs to know that he can succeed in it if he applies himself sufficiently.

 

The will to pursue and polish any talent begins with appreciation for it from those who matter in our lives. You, as parents, are the most significant and influential people in your child’s life. Your appreciation and encouragement will set the cornerstone for his willingness to develop a talent for music, painting, writing, public speaking, sports, etc.

 

Also, expose your child to notable personalities who have this talent. For example, if your child has a special ability for playing the flute, make him watch videos of famous flautists. This will help him find a role model to emulate – even a genius child learns mostly by imitation to begin with. Once you have laid the groundwork for your child’s growth in this field, alert his school and enlist his teachers’ cooperation in grooming it further. In many schools, children earn extra credits by participating in cultural events, so it may make a difference in your child’s grades even if his or her talent has no immediately apparent academic value. Most importantly, however, you are helping your child become a unique individual.

 

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Helene Goldnadel says Teaching Kids To Write Requires Patience

A child is taught three parts of writing simultaneously. They are accurate letter construction, identical letter size, and the same tilt throughout the writing. They should be taught to concentrate on one objective only at the first attempt. He or she should learn the building of letters first, but one by one. Once they have mastered a letter, then only they should be taught the next one, because otherwise he may get confused and jumble them up.

 

First of all they should start with vertical and horizontal lines and circular shapes. Once they learn how to draw lines then the straight line shapes like square, triangle and rectangle should be taught. Then they should be taught some easy letters and then short words. We should not be concerned about the size of the letter first. Helene Goldnadel suggests that we should allow them to write the actual letter providing some samples for tracing, ignoring the size and the shape of that letter.

 

Once you notice an increase in the accuracy in writing the letters, you can then teach kids to write with proper strategy that is, they should now follow the instructions for controlling the size of the letters and maintaining its homogeneity. For this kids require a handwriting paper which gives a proper strategy and uniformity to a child to write properly. They should start their writing on the dotted lines as given in the writing book. It consists of four lines: dark lines on top and bottom and two dotted lines in the center. When the child starts writing on the center lines, gradually he learns to write uniformly. The center lines guide the child in writing the letters in proper size and uniformly. For the rapid development within a child in writing we should first write some letters or words and allow the child to follow them and copy. Regular practice makes him perfect gradually in writing and maintaining the uniformity.

 

Here, regular practice does not mean creating their own letters or words rather the child should copy them to increase the uniformity in writing. For this the child has to practice every day and constantly. But this does not mean that he or she will engage in long practices rather they should opt for short practices, that is, two short writings in a day with a long gap so that the child does not get irritated while writing. Again for proper writing a child should sit comfortably with his arms resting parallel to the level of writing and the feet supporting the floor rather hanging. If the posture of writing is not proper then his body may start aching and thus, he will feel tired.

 

Thus, we see that for proper upgradation of writing within a child, practice becomes the foremost and essential task. But we should judge whether the child is focusing on the size and uniformity of the letters. It can be checked by making him practice in the handwriting notebooks. The third part lies in the style of writing. This can be taught through cursive writing. But attention should be taken while making them write. A child should be praised for their writing.

 

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Reasons by Helene Goldnadel Why Your Child Hates Reading

Are you troubled by your child’s disinterest in reading? Maybe you have a young child just learning to read. You try to encourage the learning by reading together. However, each reading session is a struggle. Your child shuns it like a hated vegetable. Or maybe your child can already read, but just doesn’t want to. They even tell you straight in your face, “I hate reading”.

 

How did it come to this? Why does your child dislike reading? Basically, it comes down to one thing: the love for reading was never ignited or has been extinguished. Below are the reasons by Helene Goldnadel that can kill a child’s love for reading:

 

1) Reading sessions are more like drilling sessions. Don’t quiz and test children when reading. It’s OK to point things out and ask questions to promote thinking but make sure it stays FUN. Don’t turn it into a pressurized teaching session. Yes, you hope that they learn something from the reading but don’t make that your main objective. Read to enjoy the story. Learning usually takes place when the teaching is not so obvious.

 

2) Television, video and computer games takes center stage when it comes to relaxation and entertainment. These strongly distracts children from reading. There needs to be a limit to these activities if you want to convince them that books can be entertaining too.

 

3) Reading books that are too difficult for their reading level. It is very discouraging for children to open a book and not know how to read many of the words. Where is the joy when you struggle to get through a page? Know your child’s reading ability and get books appropriate to their level.

 

4) Reading sessions turns into screaming and put down sessions. Parents need to hold realistic expectations of their children. Control frustrations when children don’t excel as fast as you wish they would. Watch your tongue and avoid derogatory remarks such as “Can’t you remember that word, we just read it,” or “I’ve told you many times already. What’s wrong with you?”

 

5) Reading books that are of no interest to them. How do children regard these books? BORING! To a young boy, reading a book on dinosaurs may be more captivating than reading a book about Dick and Jane. Draw your teenagers into reading with books that they can relate too. Capitalize on your child’s hobbies and interests.

 

6) Forced reading. For older children, sometimes homework is in the form of assigned readings. Usually a report has to be handed in at the end. Although this is done under good intentions, it is easy for a child to regard reading as a chore to be done. Very likely too, the assigned reading is not of their choice and therefore, not of their liking. Reading in this situation is like dragging feet in the mud.

 

7) Peer pressure. This is another factor that affects older children. Kids can be cruel with their branding and teasing. The term “nerds” and “geeks” are usually thrown at those that indulge in books. Your child may very well choose to shun books just to fit in and be one of the “cool kids.”

 

8) Limiting what children read. Imagine if you loved sci-fi books but was told you could only read classics. What a damper that would be for you right? Be open to what your child wants to read. You may think your child has moved passed picture books but he wants it anyway. Let him. Or you may think reading comic books have less educational value then reading well known novels. Remember, it’s a book in their hands nonetheless. So, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, picture books, comic books, magazines etc… be supportive.

 

You want to get your child reading, you have to first show that it is fun and enjoyable. Don’t push too hard to get your child to learn to read or read to learn. Only when there is love for reading can the learning begin.

Reading Games to Help Your Child Read

Most of the time you can trust the diagnosing dyslexia and dyslexia treatment of your children to skilled teachers in your local education system. Dyslexia in children is now routinely screened for and detected. But every parent wants to help his or her kids do better in school.

 

And many parents feel that the education of their children is too important to pass off to the teachers and forget about. If you have a child with dyslexia or a child who is having difficulty in reading you want to help. You want to get involved in homework, interact with your child and understand how the child is progressing.

 

Fortunately there are a variety of tools available to help you in this. Helene Goldnadel discusses some of them here.

 

First off, there is a line of computer games used in the diagnosis of dyslexia in children that you might want to look into. There is a whole series of such games developed by The Diagnostic Gaming Company, with different games used for different ages and stages of development of the children they are designed to test.

 

Qualified specialists have participated in the design and testing of these games, to make them useful tools in early dyslexia screening and testing.

 

It ends up being just some fun games for the children to play. They usually have no idea that there is some kind of test involved. A parent or teacher reads the manual first, understands what is supposed to happen and can just unobtrusively watch while the children play. Parts of the games are designed to test for dyslexia symptoms.

 

If a child has a potential problem with some dyslexic condition, then that child will have difficulties with certain parts of the game. An adult observer who knows the rules from reading the handbook can quickly see, and make note of, the specific problem area. Then armed with the info a specialist can be consulted.

 

Also there are games available that help treat dyslexia symptoms in children. Games have been developed using proven methods to help dyslexic children work around and overcome their problems. Trained specialists have incorporated these methods and techniques into games that children find to be both entertaining and fun.

 

That makes the games easy to teach the children and play with. This, as well as being highly effective in teaching useful skills and ways to overcome dyslexia symptoms.

 

These games are easy to obtain over the Internet. You can download them and print out the parts that need to be printed out. Then you read over the instructions and start playing the games with your children. For many games the whole thing can be downloaded, printed out and started playing within minutes.

 

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Why Your Child Needs Good Reading Habits?

Lifelong success depends upon developing a few basic skills; reading is one these. It is not just your child’s academic success that will be impacted by the development of good reading habits, but also many other aspects of life as well. Why is it so vital to develop good reading habits? Here are the top five reasons good reading habits are absolutely vital for any child’s success.

 

Vocabulary expansion. Reading is one of the best ways to add new words to your child’s vocabulary. Susan Canizares, PhD, who specializes in the development of language and literacy, explains how reading can expose your child to a world of new words and phrases: “When you read aloud to your child, you are not only helping to prepare her to learn to read, you are also exposing her to rich language she otherwise might not hear.”

 

Increased attention span. So many children today suffer from short attention spans; reading is an excellent way to combat this. Focusing on a book requires a child to stay in one place and pay attention, which will help to expand their attention span and focus better in all areas of life.

 

Preparing your child for school. School is a very reading intensive environment. Children who have developed good reading habits early in life will have a much easier to adjusting to this environment.

 

Encourage a love of books for a lifetime. When you develop good reading habits in your child early in life, you encourage them to develop a lifelong love of the written word. They will be more likely to continue reading throughout their life, assisting in further education.

 

Reading makes children want to learn. Reading encourages curiosity about the world, and leads children to want to learn and discover even more. It leads children to ask question and seek out answers, encouraging them to learn more.

 

Below are few simple ways by Helene Goldnadel that parents can help to develop the good reading habits in their children that will serve them well for a lifetime:

 

  • Start reading to your children from a very young age
  • Spend some time reading your own books, as this will be a model for your children
  • Take the time to talk to your child about what they have been reading

 

Parents are the best possible role models for their children when it comes to good reading habits. This will help them to develop the motivation needed to read.