Friday Facts

Welcome to Friday Facts, a new (and hopefully consistent) weekly post including a fact, tip or article having to do with development, diagnosis or anything helpful for a PSR worker!  Stay tuned and happy Friday!

#15: "I'm bored!"  How many times have you heard those words from a client? We often want to "fix" boredom right away, but I came across a great article and perspective that being bored is not a bad feeling for kids, and that we should hesitate before intervening. It is important for parents and caregivers to understand boredom is not only ok, but can be very beneficial for imagination and creativity.  Enjoy "I'm Bored" and let us know what you think!  Happy Friday!

#14 "Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?" I was having a conversation with a client about differences of when I was her age...the biggest change? This generation is online and connected all.the.time. Heck, I still had dial up when I was a kid and ONE computer (that was bought when I was 11) in the house (my boyfriend didn't have a computer until he was 18!)...Don't even get me started on kids having phones and the social skills being lost via text and email! This article dives into the over digital generation...Check it out!

#13: "Let's take a quick tour of the human brain, stopping at a little blob of gray matter behind the eyebrows called the prefrontal cortex (PFC). This is the part of the brain that regulates emotion and controls social behavior. It's also the last area of the brain to develop; it has only just begun to mature at age 4." CH-CH-CHeck this great article about the young ones and reasons for tantrums, AND how to deal with them!
#12 I loooooooove yoga! I have used it in session with clients as well to teach, an array of skills--focus, control, self care, relaxation....So, I was pretty excited to see this article about the benefits of yoga for children with special needs...You know you want to check it out ; )

#11 Primary emotions are emotions we feel first and secondary are emotions we feel second or as a result of primary emotions.  Did you know anger is most often a secondary emotion?  This information can help your client recognize their primary emotion to better cope with their secondary emotions.  For a quick definition and visual of this concept, check out this Anger Iceberg!

#10 Teaching clients social skills is an important task.  Especially the basics, like maintaining eye contact when conversing with people. When I was looking around for ideas on autism and eye contact, I came across this article stating forcing eye contact might actually be more problematic and letting them look off to concentrate on a question isn't always bad.. Check it out!

#9: If you are a bit of an overachiever (shout out to Miss Natalie:), you may feel bad at times letting your younger clients play as often as you do.  As a fact and reminder, there is tons of research supporting learning through play during early childhood.  Check out this great article about learning through play and art. So remember just to support their natural curiosity and help them learn through doing!  Happy play time!!

#8 I found an interesting article about research on the correlation of socioeconomic status and the later diagnosis of ADHD. The article states: "The German study found that children born to mothers who developed high blood sugar during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) were almost twice as likely to have ADHD as children born to mothers without gestational diabetes." The study also found how breastfeeding can be a protectant from ADHD...Check it out

#7: Imaginary Audience- During adolescence, this is a way of explaining an overreaction to the thought of being judged and watched by your peers, a form of adolescent ego-centrism. I'm sure most of us can think of a time during our teen years when we  overreacted, thinking others were "watching", when really every teen around us were concerned about the same thing!

#6: Did you know, kids who area held accountable for chores learn organization and teamwork skills as well as build self-esteem?When working with kiddos, you are also working with their families. Chores will always come up as an issue needing to be addressed! This printable of age-appropriate chores,is awesome to give to parents as a reference tool.
Take a look!!

#5: Did you know most (with exception to Spectrum kiddos) children do not understand sarcasm until they are between the ages of 12 and 16 years old? Before this age, if they are making sarcastic comments, it is most likely they are mimicking sarcastic remarks they have heard.  Have a client who is struggling with this and other language nuances?  Check out this sight here.

#4: Ah, the tattle-tale. This article was floating around Pinterest, which covers the topic of tattle-taling. It offers a different perspective on why a child does it as well as how we as adults can better respond. It definitely made me go, "Ah! That makes so much sense!!" 
Re-Thinking Tattling

#3: This is a great article about the difference between a temper tantrum and an Autistic meltdown. This article makes a lot of sense, and has been a great resource for parents.  Take a minute and check it out!!

Meltdown vs. Temper tantrums

#2: Did you know, there is eye therapy for disconnections between the eye and brain? "thousands of children who are tagged with the "learning disability" label actually have correctable problems involving eye muscles or a disconnect between what the eyes see and what registers on the brain." 
Check out this article!

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