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Working Moms – Facilitating the separation from your baby

By Claudette Jordan Working moms who desire the satisfactions of a career are often worried about their child’s ability to separate from them when they decide to re-enter the world of work. A child’s reaction to his mother leaving is dependent on his age and stage of cognitive development. Before the age of 6-8 months, an object tends to disappear ... Read More »

Car Seat Safety Guidelines

By Hayley Rosenthal A car seat is one, if not THE most important piece of equipment you will be purchasing for your baby. This doesn’t mean it has to be the most expensive, however it should be chosen carefully. Too often parents purchase a “travel system “ that comes with a car seat that they choose according to colour and ... Read More »

Sensory defensiveness disorder

By Romy Kruger Sensory defensiveness disorder  is a term being used more and more to help us understand the complex and sometimes inexplicable behaviours in our children. But what exactly does it mean? Lets break it down: Sensory refers to the senses sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. However it also looks at 2 more “invisible senses” called the vestibular ... Read More »

Play Therapy

By Ashley Jay Play therapy is a mode of therapy typically used for children between the ages of 3 years old to approximately 12 years old. Play is the way in which children express what is happening in their internal worlds and can reveal the child’s experiences, their reactions to experiences, their feelings regarding an experience as well as the child’s ... Read More »

Sometimes you have to look beyond the books and pencils……..

By Heidi Janit Being a teacher of grade 1 girls, my days at work are filled with books and files and counting and reading. They are filled with spills and tears and joys and learning. Everything they learn, I re-learn too. And I am not talking academics here. It is everything else in between. Things like patience and tolerance. Understanding ... Read More »

Assisting children with concentration difficulties

By Claudette Jordan Children with poor focus may struggle in several areas of development relative to their peers.  Consequences of their challenges permeate across emotional maturity, social relationships and especially, learning. Building with the right foundations Aiding your child’s emotional development needs to be done from the early years in order to facilitate good coping skills for the challenges to ... Read More »

April is Autism awareness month

By Romy Kruger With April being Autism awareness month it seems appropriate to do just that in this article and create some more awareness around Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With the Centre for Disease Control releasing statistics in 2012 that 1 in 88 children in their first year of life are now affected with an ASD it is important to ... Read More »

Techno Laziness

laptop child

By Robyn Borowsky I had a colleague tell me a concerning incident that happened at her work recently. She runs a swimming school for toddlers and children, and whilst teaching one of her students, this child’s sibling sat on the side having a massive tantrum. When my colleague looked closer, she realized that this toddler was crying because she was ... Read More »

Encopresis – a guideline for parents

By Ashley Jay Definition Encopresis or involuntary defecation, involves a complicated interplay between physiological and psychological factors. A typical child with Encopresis may show evidence of chronic constipation, leading to infrequent defecation, withholding of bowel movements and avoidance of defecation. Children may often want to avoid the pain of having a bowel movement by holding it in which can lead ... Read More »

Bullying: Adult Action Can Improve School Safety

By Erika Coetzee Bullying in schools interferes with learning and with the sense of safety and well-being of all learners. A significant part in developing in children a tendency not to mistreat others is played by parents’ attitudes opposing bullying, positive family relations, as well as parental involvement in schools. Adults can take action to help create a safer learning ... Read More »