The Early Years

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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".


The Early Years: Understanding your toddler's tantrums

If parents have unrealistic expectations or low expectations, lack of consistency in what they tell the child and lack of child development knowledge and understanding, their parenting style can send confusing messages.

The Early Years: Why does your child throw a tantrum?

Make sure you have your child's attention before speaking with him/her. This is easily done by sitting in front of the child and looking at his/her eyes while using their name.

The Early Years: Demystifying dyslexia

Children with dyslexia avoid reading aloud and become anxious when asked to read in class. This may bring back memories of childhood when they were beginning to learn how to read.

The Early Years: Making sense of your child’s tantrums

In typically developing toddlers, when autonomy and independence begin to develop, it can lead to a refusal to comply with instructions. Anxieties about changes in routine can lead to mild aggression as well.


The Early Years: Playtime works as therapy for a child

Through play, children can develop motor skills, social skills and express their desires. By observing a child play, therapists can make an assessment of their developmental difficulties.

The Early Years: Sensory skills to watch out for, as your child learns to roll, crawl and walk

The sensory motor stage of development (six months onwards) is when children start to roll, crawl and walk. Without early intervention, children with sensory integration difficulties seldom "grow out of it".

The Early Years: Training on early childhood development for orphanage staff is critical

Addressing children while sitting beside them rather than while standing and looking down at them; using a warm and pleasant tone of voice; making eye contact and smiling at them are a few examples of child centred behaviour.

Early Childhood Intervention: Our early years script adulthood

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) has become a global priority because ECI prevents and reduces developmental difficulties in children, their families and community.