Ages & Stages

Ages & Stages

Reducing Holiday Tantrums and Meltdowns

Parents want the holidays to be a fun time for kids, but sometimes it seems almost impossible to manage their behavior around this time of year. When your child starts to act out of character, they are probably just overstimulated — taking in too many sights, sounds and smells can be overwhelming for little children. Keep these things in mind to help reduce holiday meltdowns. ...
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Finger Foods for Babies

Until now, feeding your baby has been your job. However, as your baby gets older, your little one will want to do this more and more on their own. Now that they’re joining the rest of the family for meals, older babies are ready — and often willing — to try more table foods. ...
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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

Baby Sign Language for Improved Communication

Sign language can help ease frustration for children between the ages of eight months and 2 years. At this age, children begin to know what they want, need and feel, but don't always have the oral-motor and verbal skills to express themselves. Basic sign language can help decrease frustration for both caregiver and child, promote early language skills and enhance the bond between the infant and those who sign. ...
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Six Child-Proofing Steps Often Overlooked by Parents and Caregivers

‘Tis the season for merrymaking and visiting, and as a parent or host of young children, there are some extra steps you’ll want to take beyond decorating, cooking and cleaning

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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

5 Tips to Avoid a Tantrum

There aren’t any magic tricks that we can use to prevent all tantrums, but there are some tips to help avoid some of the outbursts that may be happening more regularly. Learn how to identify causes of tantrums and several ways to use communication to diffuse the situation and get your child what he or she needs. ...
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50 Acts of Kindness for Kids

With many schools and parents putting more emphasis on unity, empathy and caring for others, kids often are left with the desire to do good. Since it can be hard to come up with concrete ways for small hands to make a big difference, here are 50 acts of kindness for kids of all ages to do year-round.  ...
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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

Understanding Your Child’s Lisp

A lisp — which is a sound substitution or distortion in which the “s” and “z” sounds are produced inefficiently — is one of the most common articulation errors targeted in speech-language therapy. Learn about the two different types of lisps and how they are treated. ...
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10 Sensory Breaks to Increase Focus and Concentration

A sensory break allows for time to decompress, reset, and receive the input necessary to feel more regulated. Also known as a brain break or movement break, when a child

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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

Are Speech Disorders Inherited?

Evidence exists linking genetic factors to a variety of speech and language difficulties. Researchers already have identified more than 400 genes linked to hearing loss, and ongoing studies investigate genetic links to stuttering, voice disorders and language disorders. Learn more, including what parents should do if there are genetic tendencies in the family. ...
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Things to do with kids

Family-Friendly Games, Puzzles & More

In honor of National Game and Puzzle Week 2019 — which takes place November 24-30 — we’ve rounded up some great new puzzles, card and board games for all ages. Plan to spend some extra family time enjoying these fun options. ...
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