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The Early Years: Worried that your child isn't speaking yet? Here are some reasons

If your child is not cooing, smiling and babbling by three to six months, not responding to name and sounds in the environment and does not understand or wave bye-bye by six to nine months, then that is cause for concern.

The Early Years: Here are reasons to bring home a pet

A pet is often the focus of activities that families do together. There are calming benefits from simply watching a cat chase its tail or a fish swim in a tank!

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The Early Years: Creative play helps you get to know your child better

Children need daily opportunities for creative play and creative thinking. Start by providing activities that your child is interested in. Offer a wide range of creative materials and experiences.

The Early Years: What's making your baby laugh? Here are some answers

In the first few months babies are learning how the world looks, feels and sounds in an ordinary context, so they don't "get the joke" when something's out of whack. Hence, a baby's first peals of laughter at around four months tend to be a response to arousal.

Is your toddler not listening to you? That's actually healthy

The Early Years: If you really know and understand toddlers, you may even find yourself appreciating their refusals to cooperate as you see them developing their autonomy.

The Early Years: 10 ways to include music and movement for your child's growth

Music and movement are particularly important for children with developmental delays and or disabilities. In fact, based on recent research, various listening programmes with a careful selection of classical music is offered for children on the spectrum and with other developmental disabilities.

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The Early Years: Kids with Tourette’s can also develop anxiety and ADHD

Tourette’s Syndrome can present solely as a movement disorder, or as a complex array of motor dysfunction and issues with behaviours. The condition manifests largely during childhood and is known to affect more boys than girls.

The Early Years: Decoding childhood epilepsy and tips on first-aid

Changing or stopping medication without consulting the doctor can cause seizures to start again or make it worse. Although most children with early childhood epilepsy become seizures free by adulthood, they are at high risk for social and educational problems.

The Early Years: A Down Syndrome baby has the same needs as any other

Children with Down Syndrome typically face delays in certain areas of development, so early intervention is highly recommended. It can begin at any time after birth, but the sooner it starts, the better.

Father’s Day 2019: It’s great when a child says, ‘Today is your day, and I love you, dad’

Happy Father’s Day: Fathers do much more hands-on caregiving now than ever before — changing diapers, getting up at night, taking children to the doctor, prepping meals, feeding, sharing drop-offs and pick-ups, and helping with homework.

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