Education

 Why is some TV beneficial? I have let Jett watch up to 30 minutes of television a day since he was about 15 months old, after I first read the article, “The Selective Use of TV and Videos for Advancing the Development of Special Needs, Typical and Accelerated Preschool Children”, by Robert J. Doman Jr,

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This was Jett’s one hour “workout” at age 4 that he did with a local teen, Kiana, in the summer. It includes activities that target four major areas: active/heart, legs, arms/weight bearing, relaxing and brain stimulating activities… The “read book” was a different Spanish/English book with the vocabulary. (The teen was bilingual.) You could subs…

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Learn how to optimize the health and well being of individuals with Down syndrome… Overview Action Plan for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Slides: Action Plan for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome With proper intervention—physical, nutritional, neurodevelopmental, medicinal and environmental—your child’s future can be full of… ♥ Hi friend! Please login to view

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Neurodevelopmental Therapy

What is Neurodevelopmental Therapy? NDT, neurodevelopmental therapy, is an all-inclusive program. I’d start this as soon as possible or after integrating the reflexes with the QRI Laser Home Program for at least six months. NDT addresses all the senses, so it includes speech, gross/fine motor, cognitive support, educational strategies, nutriti… ♥ Hi friend! Please login

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Teaching the Alphabet

I’ve been avoiding teaching Jett the letters of the alphabet since he’s learning to sight read first and learning the actual letter names are unnecessary, just rote memory and not important to learning how to read. But I have been teaching him the phonetic sounds early on. Inevitably, through various books and songs, he’s learned

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Alphabet Tactile Quilt

Yesterday, Jett got quite a treat! His grandmother gave him an alphabet tactile quilt that she designed and had been making for him for three years.We spread it out on the floor and Jett went crazy with delight as he explored all the colorful ABC squares. The letters are made of rickrack so they are

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We all want our children to be independent. But sometimes we don’t realize our child can’t do something that other kids his age can do until your child reaches that age and is already behind. So we need to be proactive and allow our children plenty of opportunities to acquire the tools necessary to accomplish

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For the typical population, and some kids with T21, I prefer teaching them to read phonetically. But, for most children with T21, I recommend teaching them to recognize and read whole words, otherwise known as “sight words” (even though that’s really a misnomer, we’ll use that phrase here anyway). Teaching kids to read sight words

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Lydia Does Math

Jane made this (very cute) video of her daughter, Lydia to show her math teacher that she got the concept and she could move on to something new.  Thought you might find it funny and inspiring. In case you have trouble viewing it, here is the direct link: http://www.youtube.com/user/jdwinans?blend=12&ob=5#p/u/0/UuWrqXvVlG8   … ♥ Hi friend! Please

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Jett had his CAVC (complete atrioventricular canal) repaired as well as his valves when he was almost six months old. We went to the All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. They did a fabulous job and the stay there (7 days) was as pleasant as it could be, under the circumstances. Before surgery conversations

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