Ages & Stages

Ages & Stages

When Should Kids Switch to Contact Lenses? 

One out of three kids between the ages of 6 and 17 needs corrective lenses, and an increasing number of them wear contacts. While there is no right age to make the transition from glasses to contacts, there are several factors to look for in order to determine if your child is ready for the switch. ...
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Yoga Offers Children Benefits Beyond Physical Fitness

While many think of yoga as an adult activity, the meditative practice can offer children numerous health and mental benefits. A recent study found that yoga equips children with skills to help with stress management, as well as improves self-esteem, classroom behaviors, concentration and emotional balance. ...
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Teach Kids Safety on the Walk to School

Many parents will have to make a decision to allow their children to walk to and from school. There are safety risks in the form of traffic, strangers, bullying and several other factors they can be exposed to along their route, and communication is the number one way to help mitigate any concerns. ...
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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

My Child Isn’t Talking Yet — What Now?

Since speech-language problems can impact social and academic abilities, early detection and intervention are critical. Early intervention can help prevent difficulties with reading, writing and interpersonal communication. Children are evaluated as young as 12-18 months of age, and treatment begins with the abilities your child has and then builds on those. ...
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Northeast Ohio Storytimes & Activities for Kids, August 2019

Have fun this month with a visit to your local library, museum or area attraction, many of which offer storytimes, crafts, and other fun activities for young children. ...
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Preschooler Screen Time Linked to Attention Problems

Researchers in a recent study found that by age 5, children who spent two hours or more per day looking at screens were 7.7 times more likely to meet criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD than children who watched screens for 30 minutes or less each day. ...
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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

5 Things to Expect During a Child’s Speech Evaluation

If you are having difficulty understanding your child, you might want to consider a speech-language evaluation, which is a normal step to pursue when parents or caregivers suspect difficulty with communication. Ask your pediatrician for a referral to a speech-language pathologist, a professional who diagnoses speech and language difficulties. ...
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Preparing Our Children for the ‘Real World’

As my oldest daughter heads off for college in the fall, I wonder (OK, I worry) if I’ve prepared her enough for this transition. Since she’s my first to leave

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Sensory-Enriched Activities and Outings for Summer

Sensory integration, or the way in which the mind communicates with the senses, begins developing before birth and shapes the way a person interacts with the environment. Parents can help their kids’ neurological growth, as well as appeal to their sensory inclinations, by exposing them to summer sensory activities. ...
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Experts Recommend Screen Time Limits for Parents, Too

Parents are always instructed to keep their child's screen time to a minimum. Now, experts are recommending screen time limits for parents, too, as the amount of time that caregivers spend on their electronic devices directly impacts the quality and quantity of interaction with their children. ...
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