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AutismParents of Autistic children should read this! A study, published online in the journal Pediatrics and reported on in Science Daily, examined an intervention called the Early Start Denver Model that blends applied behavioral analysis with play-based routines that focused on building a relationship with the child.

You can read more about the study here but to give you a quick breakdown, it says using play at a very early age can improve an autistic child's performance in all measurable areas.

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A smart investment! PDF Print E-mail

Nobel PrizeJames Heckman, a Nobel Prize winning economist at the University of Chicago, says that early childhood education is a smart investment. Many of the parents I know love a good investment opportunity so this one seems like a real winner!

Heckman is quoted as saying that money spent on early childhood education quadrupled the benefits of money spent on adult job training programs and far outpaces investments in high school or college.

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Standardized testing alert! PDF Print E-mail

Standardized testing

I just finished re-reading an article published in 2003 in the New York Times titled "The littlest test takers" and it still has me concerned. As more states move to get into the business of preschool education the specter of standardized testing continues to raise its head. This is not to say that preschools should not do testing of any sort but, because it is hard to test emotional and social development in a child there is a danger that standardized tests will land up streaming children based on academic criteria. This would be a nightmare scenario.

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It is Fall and the leaves are changing all over America. In my opinion this is just the best time of year because the air is crisp and the whole world changes right before our eyes. What a fabulous time to get out of the house with your family and head for the park or nature trail to look at all the new colors that nature is wearing.

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The horrors of Television PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 November 2009 23:11

Tee VeePediatrics - The official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study on November 23, 2009 that touched a nerve in me. The findings of the study were that pre-school age children in home based child-care programs were watching TV for 2.4 hours a day.

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