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Early Child Development for Two Year Olds by Karen Matthews

This week I want to focus on early development for your two year old toddler.  Before your child’s third birthday, his or her brain growth shifts into a very important and very rapid phase: the brain areas in charge of more complex thinking and decision making begin to develop.  At this age, your child is
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Later Child Development by Karen Matthews

For our next series of blogs, we are moving to babies in their third year of life, 24 to 36 months. Before your toddlers third birthday, his or her brain growth shifts into another phase, as the brain areas in charge of more complex thinking and decision making grow more rapidly. At this age, your
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More Child Development by Karen Matthews

In our continuing series of child development tips during 13-24 months, language and literacy are developed at this time by using a mixture of gestures, sounds and words. Two word sentences should become common and most children will learn  about 200 words this year. Read stories with your child every day! This takes 5 minutes
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Self Confidence With Your Child by Karen Matthews

Continuing this week to focus on children13 to 24 months. During this time, children will become interested in asserting independence.  “No” will become one of their favorite words.  This is where your patience becomes so important.  As your child is using words (like “no”) to express feelings, it is important to respond with clear and
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Child Development by Karen Matthews

Continuing our focus on child development, this week I’d like to talk about children who are 13 to 24 months old. Between the first and second birthdays, children will begin to use more words. It is at this crucial time that language centers in the brain begin to develop and the neural paths connecting the
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More on Child Development by Karen Matthews

Babies thrive on routine. When your infant can come to rely on regular nap times, cuddling, diaper changes, feedings, and playtime, his or her level of self control and feelings of security begin to develop.  Both self control and feeling secure ultimately lead to confidence and self assurance, characteristics which contribute strongly to a successful adult.  But they are really created during this first
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Baby Developmental Tips by Karen Matthews

This week the Blog is on infant development, and what parents and families can do to help babies develop mentally and socially. A baby can learn “cause and effect” during the first six months to a year, and this one basis skil is a key to developing thinking skills later on. When your baby drops
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Early Child Development by Karen Matthews

We hear so many times that child development and readiness for kindergarten and school are related to socio-economics.  At Delta Health Alliance, we don’t think that this has to be the case. There is so much parents can do that is completely free to help a child develop and that has little to do with socio-economic standing.  For
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Healthy Children by Karen Matthews

Two of the biggest health care challenges in the Delta are preterm births (less than 37 weeks gestation) and low birth weight babies (less than 5.5 pounds). Both preterm birth and low birth weight greatly increase the risk of infant mortality and create other problems that get in the way of healthy children. To overcome
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Home Visits Work by Karen Matthews

One of the newest participants in our Home Visitation Program is determined to achieve new goals since she delivered her baby in December.  When this participant enrolled in the program, she was very passive, quiet and needed more self esteem, but she knew enough about herself and what she wanted to do to seek help.  Through the program,
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