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Encouraging Interactive Play for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Tips for Parents

by Loretta Gallo-Lopez, MA, LMHC The American Academy of Pediatrics has indicated that “… play is healthy and in fact essential for helping children reach important social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones as well as helping them manage stress and become resilient.” Interactive play has been shown to enhance social communication and connection. Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have difficulties spontaneously engaging in interactive or social play. The following tips will help to encourage and support this type of play for children with ASD. Make every effort to play with your child several times each day for 15 …

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Spoiled or Secure? Meeting baby’s needs, without going overboard

Spoiled or Secure?  How to meet your baby’s needs – without going overboard By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed. C.H.C. From the very first moment a baby is placed in the arms of a parent, the opening steps to establishing a sense of safety and security begins. As with all things parenting, there are many schools of thought on how you should best respond to your infant. However, as Susan Spieker, the director of the Center on Infant and Mental Health Development notes, “This is a dance back and forth. Every family works it out different…The key is to give babies a secure enough base …

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Earth Day Sale! 5 Deals. 5 Hours Only.

      Sale details: Offer starts Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. MST and ends Monday, April 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM MST or until inventory is sold out. Limit 2 per product. Offer valid at signingtime.com only. Price can’t be applied to previous orders or other items. Not valid with other promotions, codes, or discounts.

Enter the Baby Signing Time Giveaway Contest!

  Every week in April, we’re giving away a Baby Signing Time Early Communication System! Teaches baby’s first 100 words Songs and videos for easy learning Books, posters and flashcards, too! Also includes Potty Time system ENTER NOW A new contest starts each week! Lots of ways to enter Enter each week Valid in the US and CANADA only Winner from Week 1: Entry #3263 Amanda S.  

48 Hour Sale!

USE COUPON CODE clean13 and get a $100 product set for just $59.99 We have a batch of DVDs and CDs in our warehouse that are perfectly good, but the cases aren’t the quality we expected. For the next 48 hours, you can save $40 on this complete set of Baby Signing Time products: Baby Signing Time Vol. 1 DVD and CD (packaged separately) Baby Signing Time Vol. 2 DVD and CD (packaged together) Baby Signing Time Vol. 3 DVD and CD (packaged together ) Baby Signing Time Vol. 4 DVD and CD (packaged together) Leah’s Farm DVD and ABC Signs DVD (packaged together) Hurry! Sale ends Thursday. …

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20% off Sale Ends Tomorrow!

Scroll down to browse sale items.  Early Literacy Bundle: Regularly $69.95 now $55.96   Down Syndrome Bundle: Regularly $79.95 now $63.96   Homeschool Bundle: Regularly $79.95 now $63.96   Autism Play & Sign Set: Regularly $79.95 now $63.96   Preschool Curriculum: Regularly $199.95 now $159.96   Speech & Language Bundle: Regularly $89.95 now $71.96     Offer starts March 6, 2013 AM MST and ends March 15, 2013 11:59 PM MST. Offer valid at signingtime.com and signingtime.ca only. Offer applies to the bundles shown above and does not apply to any other items. Discount automatically applied at checkout. No coupon code required. Promotional pricing …

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Bully-Proof your Preschooler – Part 2: EMPATHY

Bully-Proof your Preschooler – Part 2: EMPATHY In our last article, Bully-Proof Your Preschooler, we featured tips and signs for helping young children deal with aggressors. Today we’ll take a look at empathy and its role in prevention.  Why empathy matters Empathy is the ability to understand and identify with another person’s feelings. It includes regulating one’s own emotions and is central to success in social relationships. Children who are empathic are less likely to use aggression. Empathy has to be taught  Although there is evidence that the human brain may be pre-wired for empathy, just ask a group of toddlers to share …

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3 Resources Every Speech and Language Therapist Needs

Signing in Speech Therapy Signing helps children with speech and language disorders improve both their receptive and expressive language skills. Here are three can’t-live-without resources that every SLP needs: Signing Time Guide for Speech and Language Therapists Case Study Video: Using the Signing Time in a School Setting 101 Quality Hearing Loss Resources for Speech Therapists          Signing at Home If your child is in speech and language therapy, you may want to use signing at home. Here’s what one family experienced when their daughter with special needs began to sign: My daughter was born in 2007. …

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How to Bully-Proof Your Preschooler

  “We used to think bullying started at around third grade, but now we know it starts in preschool,” says Joel Haber, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good. Bullying is a source of stress, fear, and anxiety in young children, but there are some simple and powerful things parents and teachers can do to help toddlers and preschoolers take charge. One of the best ways to prevent children from being bullied is to show them how to establish and control their own space with language: body language, …

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Get 2 Signing Time DVDs for the Price of One!

Buy now! Offer ends March 1.                                     Perfect for preschool! These award-winning DVDs will teach your child over 20 ASL signs for farm animals, plus all of the letters of the alphabet! Features the song “Down on Leah’s Farm” as seen on Nick Jr. Please note that these two DVDs are packed in one case. Hurry – sale ends March 1st. Buy now!    

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