Ages & Stages

Ages & Stages

Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

Developing Social Skills in Young Children

Social communication is important in developing effective interpersonal skills and is critical to various aspects of daily life. Important social skills in early childhood include emerging abilities to manage feelings and behaviors, recognize social cues from others and engage in positive interactions with peers. Learn more about the development of these skills in young children, including where to turn if there appear to be problems. ...
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Reading Aloud: The Importance of a Bedtime Story

Did you know that reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning? Reading aloud stimulates language development even before a child can talk. Find out other benefits associated with reading to your child, plus learn how one organization is working to eliminate the "word gap" that affects children whose families live at or below poverty level. ...
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Don’t Worry if Your Baby Doesn’t Sleep Through the Night, Suggests Study

A December 2018 study in the American Academy of Pediatrics found a large percentage of developmentally normal, healthy babies do not reach the milestone of sleeping through the night by age six months or even one year. Researchers also examined whether infants who woke up at night were more likely to have problems with cognitive, language or motor development. ...
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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

Great Apps to Practice Speech Sounds with Your Tween

Learning and practicing how to correctly produce their “r” or “s” sound is certainly not what most tweens want to be doing. While they would prefer to be playing video games or riding their bike, using one of these recommended speech therapy apps can make at-home practice a little easier for tweens — and their parents. ...
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Small Hands, Big Heart: Ways Your Child can Help those in Need

As parents, sometimes we can feel overwhelmed by finding ways for our children to give back, especially when we have limited time and budget. Here’s a list of tangible and budget-friendly ideas to allow your kids the opportunity to give this season and beyond. ...
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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

How to Build Joint Attention Skills in Young Children with Autism

Joint attention — the ability to shift your attention between an object or event and your communication partner — is a skill that many children who are on the autism spectrum do not develop on their own. If kids are only focusing on one thing at a time, they aren't learning to communicate with others about shared experiences, to read facial expressions and understand gestures, or picking up new vocabulary and concepts. ...
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The Importance of Play for Young Children

A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics underscores the importance of play for building skills and nurturing relationships — and calls for pediatricians to write a “prescription for play” at well visits during the first two years of life to help children meet developmental milestones. ...
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How To Help Picky Eaters Overcome Family Holiday Meals

Do you have a picky eater in your life? Are you dreading meal times this upcoming holiday season? For picky eaters, it's important to alleviate the pressure associated with eating, increase exposure to foods, and unlock all of the senses. ...
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Teaching Your Toddler How to Talk Effectively

Children learn how to talk by imitating others. They mimic what they hear, so it’s important for you to practice speaking with your child every day. Some words to focus on include nouns, verbs, adjectives and prepositions, which can be applied to daily activities. ...
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LakewoodAlive to Host ‘Depression, Anxiety and Teens’ Community Forum

LakewoodAlive will host a free community forum Tuesday evening featuring a panel of experts who will delve into warning signs, best practices for assisting a young person who is suffering from depression and/or anxiety, and the multitude of local resources available. ...
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