Sound sensitivity in children || Sensibilidad al ruido en los niños.

Sound sensitivity refers to a decrease in sound tolerance to normal environmental sounds (e.g., vacuuming, blending, coffee machine, hand dryers). While sound sensitivity in adults, also known as hyperacusis, is rare, you may need to see a health professional for treatment. It is not uncommon for young children to react to loud noises (e.g., crying, … Continue reading Sound sensitivity in children || Sensibilidad al ruido en los niños.

Simple strategies improve child behaviour || Estrategias simples mejoran el comportamiento de los niños

Children engage in behaviours, that adults might not like, for a variety of reasons, some of these are: Makes them feel good (e.g., eating, playing)Curiosity (e.g., they want to know what is in a hole, so they put their hands in it; they want to know what a leaf tastes like, so they lick it)The … Continue reading Simple strategies improve child behaviour || Estrategias simples mejoran el comportamiento de los niños

How to get kids to help with household chores || Cómo hacer que los niños ayuden en las tareas del hogar

Start early and praise, praise, praise Teaching children to help with household chores is something that a lot of parents put off until their child is “old enough”. What is considered “old enough” varies from culture to culture but often is when children are in late childhood or early adolescents. Though when children reach this … Continue reading How to get kids to help with household chores || Cómo hacer que los niños ayuden en las tareas del hogar

Why we love labelled praise || Por qué amamos los elogios etiquetados

What is praise? Praise is an expression of approval for something or someone. There are two different types of praises: General praise and labelled praise (also often referred to as behaviour specific praise)[1]. General praise does not specify the desired behaviour that led to the praise [1]. Examples of general praise include “good job”, “excellent … Continue reading Why we love labelled praise || Por qué amamos los elogios etiquetados

Praising a new skill: Bike riding || Alabando una nueva habilidad: andar en bicicleta

We bought a balance bike this week and it’s been amazing! Our son loves riding it and we have not had to carry him once since he got it, which has given my arms (and my husband’s shoulders) a well-deserved break. Needless to say, we have spent the whole weekend outdoors teaching him to ride … Continue reading Praising a new skill: Bike riding || Alabando una nueva habilidad: andar en bicicleta

Coercive Parent-Child Interaction Cycle || Ciclo de interacción coercitiva entre padres e hijos

What is a coercive parent-child interaction cycle? Externalizing behaviors, such as tantrums, are common in young children. However, if these behaviors persist long term they can have negative immediate and long-term impacts on the child and their family (e.g., externalizing behaviour has been linked to poor social and academic performance, increased parental stress) [1-4]. In … Continue reading Coercive Parent-Child Interaction Cycle || Ciclo de interacción coercitiva entre padres e hijos

Anxiety disorders || Desórdenes de ansiedad

What is anxiety? Anxiety is an emotion that everyone experiences and like other emotions it serves a purpose. The purpose of anxiety is to alert us to danger. When we encounter something that we perceive as dangers (e.g., a dog, an oncoming car, presenting in front of a large group of people) we experience the … Continue reading Anxiety disorders || Desórdenes de ansiedad

Ways to praise: Toddlers || Formas de elogiar: niños pequeños

Toddlerhood is a time of rapid growth and skill acquisition. During the toddler years children learn to walk, talk, and engage with other people. When praising your toddler, it is important to think about the overall behavior you want to encourage. For example, if your child is putting clothes in the laundry basket a praise … Continue reading Ways to praise: Toddlers || Formas de elogiar: niños pequeños

What to praise: Home || Que elogiar: en el hogar

Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in at home along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praisePlaying nicelyAwesome job playing nicely with your toysDrawing/colouringNice drawing/ awesome colouringGetting dressedGreat job getting dressed on your ownGetting dressed - with helpI like how you let mummy/daddy help you put your shirt onFollowing … Continue reading What to praise: Home || Que elogiar: en el hogar

What to praise: Outside || Que elogiar: fuera del hogar

Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in outside of the home along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praiseHolding parents’ handAwesome job holding my handWalking next to parentGreat work walking next to meWearing sunscreenThank you for letting me put sunscreen on youKeeping hat onI love it when you wear … Continue reading What to praise: Outside || Que elogiar: fuera del hogar