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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.

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.

The Early Years: Understanding cerebral palsy

From birth to five years of age, a child should reach movement goals―also known as milestones―such as rolling over, sitting up, standing and walking. A delay in reaching these movement milestones could be a sign of cerebral palsy.


The Early Years: No two babies with spina bifida are exactly alike

Spina bifida happens in the first few weeks (28 days) of pregnancy, often before a woman knows she’s pregnant. Research indicates that mothers with low levels of the common vitamin B (folic acid) are at high risk of having a baby with spina bifida.

The Early Years: Not all kids with cerebral palsy or autism have intellectual disabilities

Intellectual disabilities may be associated with other developmental disorders such as autism and cerebral palsy or may present as pure intellectual disabilities not associated with any other syndromes. However, not all children with cerebral palsy or autism have intellectual disabilities.

The Early Years: Children with developmental disabilities and early childhood intervention

There is evidence that providing support and services for infants and young children with early developmental impairments and their families can alter the child’s longer term developmental trajectory, and reduce the risk of secondary health and psychosocial complications.

The Early Years: Epigenetics and how children's experiences affect their genes

During development, the DNA that makes up our genes accumulates chemical marks that determine how much or little of the genes is expressed. This collection of chemical marks is known as the "epigenome".