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Motor Skills

Supporting Physical Development in Children: Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills

Physical development in children occurs from birth to eight years old; however, the majority of that development happens before the age of three. Their physical development is divided into two categories: Gross motor skills and fine motor skills. And it is absolutely vital to understand what these skills are and how one can support them in order to encourage growth.  Gross Motor Skills in Children By definition, gross motor skills are those that require whole-body movements and involve large stabilized muscles for everyday functions. In children, gross motor skills are the earliest efforts to move and begin traveling on their own.  Using the entire body not only increases a child’s confidence it also improves their agility and flexibility. While not every child will develop their gross motor skills on the same timeline as others, it’s crucial to watch and understand your specific child’s development, as they may need assistance from

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pretend play

The Power of Imagination: How Pretend Play Supports Cognitive Development

It’s common for young children to engage in pretend play. They may pretend to be a doctor, a dentist, or a firefighter. They may create scenarios where they fly an airplane, go shopping, or drive a race car. On the surface, the child is playing. But on a deeper level, they are developing their minds. They are learning social skills and evolving the way they think. This article will look at the many ways pretend play supports cognitive development. Pretend Play Promotes Creativity and Imagination When children pretend play, they create an imaginary scenario they can take in any direction.  They can use their brain to solve problems. They are developing cognitive skills they can use throughout their lives. When children become adults, they will find themselves in difficult situations. They will require creativity to find the best solutions. The pretend play they engaged in as a child will help

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How Playspace at Kidology Helps Children in Their Development

Kidology is a special education school for child development. We help children reach their developmental milestones. We offer speech therapy, special instruction, physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavior services, and parent/child groups. One of our most effective resources is our indoor playground. It is a unique indoor pediatric sensory gym that helps children reach their developmental goals. This article will review some of the features it offers. What Skills Does the Playspace Gym Encourage? Children who engage at the Kidology Playspace will develop the following skills: Social Awareness: Social awareness involves empathizing and understanding the perspective of others, especially those with different cultures and backgrounds. Children will interact with young ones and adults to raise their awareness. It will prepare them for various social situations.   Communication: Children at Playspace must communicate with others to express their needs and feelings. These interactions will boost their self-confidence and improve their social skills. Sensory

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Child development

Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Child Development

Mental Health Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the importance of nurturing positive mental well-being in children. As parents, caregivers, and educators, it is crucial to understand the impact of mental health on child development. Let’s explore the significance of Mental Health Awareness Month and delve into the valuable insights offered by our experts at Kidology Inc. The Importance of Mental Health Awareness in Child Development Childhood contains crucial stages for emotional and cognitive development, making it essential that we prioritize mental health in children. Mental Health Awareness Month, observed annually in May, seeks to increase understanding, reduce stigma, and promote early intervention strategies for mental health challenges in everyone, including children. By fostering mental well-being, we empower children to develop resilience, manage stress, and build healthy relationships. At Kidology Inc., we offer a wealth of information on child development programs and resources, providing valuable insights on nurturing mental

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Child Development Milestones

Child Development Milestones and How Special Education Can Help

Your child taking their first step or saying “ma ma” and “da da” for the first time are precious moments. They are also important child development milestones. The purpose of defining these milestones is to help parents and physicians understand how a child is developing. While every child reaches milestones in their own time (and sometimes their own order), if a child misses them or struggles to reach them, it could indicate developmental delays. Let’s look at these child development milestones and how special education can help your child reach them. First-Year Child Development Milestones The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has established milestones based on research. They’ve divided these milestones by age. Emotional & Social Milestones 2 Months Calm down when spoken to or picked up Look at your face Appear happy when you approach Smile when you talk or smile at them 4 Months Smiles to get your

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child development

5 Qualities of a Strong Parent-Child Relationship

The old adage goes, kids don’t come with an instruction manual. Parenting is hard, and as your child grows, it can be hard to build a strong relationship with them. As they grow and change, how you parent and the rules you enforce must change as well, which can lead to struggle. Kidology Inc knows that child development begins with parent-child relationships. Let’s look at the five qualities that build strong relationships between parents and their kids. Safety and Security For a child to build strong relationships with the people around them, they first need to feel safe and secure. From infancy, a child learns to depend on their parents. As long as the parents consistently work to fulfill their needs, providing comfort, warmth, food, and stimulation, they can develop the trust that forms the bedrock of parent-child relationships. For some families, providing for basic needs can be hard. Fortunately,

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