Ages & Stages

Ages & Stages

Why Play Groups are Good for Your Child’s Social and Language Skills

While solitary play has its benefits, play groups are really where children can learn play, social and language skills. Here are some ways that play groups will benefit your child and enhance these strengths.   ...
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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

The Stages of Infant Speech Development

Children begin developing speech as an infant. By 6 months, babies coo and play with their voices by producing sounds such as "oo," "uh," "mm," "da," and "goo." As time goes on, your child will produce a variety of age-appropriate sounds and word shapes. Single words will be combined into two- and three-word phrases, and eventually into sentences and ongoing conversation. ...
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A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents on Setting Limits

Setting — and holding — limits as parents is essential. Limits help kids feel safe; boundaries give them a sense of security and predictability which, in turn, can make parenting easier. Learn a few guidelines that will make setting limits easier. ...
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The Benefits of a Lullaby

Infants have the ability to manipulate an object in response to hearing certain songs. They also can differentiate between sounds, as well as recognize different melodies, which is why singing

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What it’s Like to be a Kid

Imagine if, from the moment you woke up, someone told you every little thing you had to do. Use the bathroom. Come sit in this chair for breakfast. Eat

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Podcast Episode #24: ‘Social Animals’ Part 2

On the latest episode of aParently Speaking, host Miriam Conner talks with Emma Crockett Robinson and her mother, Tamara Crockett, about their experiences with social media, as documented in the film "Social Animals." Emma shares how her struggles with social media affected her, while Tamara discusses warning signs and shares her advice for parents regarding social media. ...
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When and How Should I Read to My Child?

Experts recommend you read to your child as often as you can and that you strive to have at least one scheduled reading time each day. Choosing regular times to read (especially before naps and bedtime) is a way to help your child learn to sit with a book and relax. Of course, you can read anytime your child seems in the mood. Find reading tips to make the experience enjoyable for both parent and child. ...
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Help Your Child Move Beyond Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is a form of self-soothing that can help a child cope with stressful situations and feel secure and happy. However, parents should be concerned about thumb sucking if the behavior continues beyond a child’s fifth birthday. Find expert advice and ways to help your child break the habit. ...
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What’s Cool After School: Help Your Child Find the Right Extracurricular Activity

Participating in an after school activity can help children learn a new skill or fuel an interest. Extra-curricular activities play a big part in developing a child’s identity and serve

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Guiding Kids Toward Independence at Every Age

Coaxing a baby to use a spoon for the first time, teaching a kindergartener to tie a shoe, or practicing parallel parking with a teen — these routine parenting

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