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4 days ago

Parenting United

I know what a busy time of year this is. It starts with school fundraisers and parent-teacher conferences and only continues to pick up speed—snowballing right through Christmas.

12 Days to a Simpler Holiday Season –> simpleasthatblog.com/12-days

But please believe me when I say it CAN be different this year. You can do less; the world will keep going around. And by slowing your pace and your mind, you’ll find so much room for the wonder of the season.
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4 weeks ago

Parenting United

A useful read for parents. Sometimes poor academic performance is not due to the lack of effort.Sometimes more tuition is not the answer ....

Many Singapore parents view a good education as the key to giving their child a head-start in life. As such, they spend practically all of their disposable income on enrichment and tuition programmes.

Unfortunately, some parents will tell you that sometimes all the enrichment and tuition in the world will not help. Some children simply have difficulty understanding new information, learning new tasks and have difficulty getting along with their classmates.

In recent years, statistics show that the number of children suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has grown. Talking Singapore spoke to Ling, the Principal Therapist at The Growing Academy, and she assured us that children with ASD can go on to live successful lives with the right help. It is however important that children with ASD get help early.

Ling suggests that parents who suspect that their child may have a learning disability, use the following 10 signs as a self-diagnostic tool to determine if their child’s learning challenges are due to ASD. If they are, they should then see a professional to get a formal assessment.

- preferring to avoid using spoken language
- speech that sounds very monotonous or flat
- seeming to talk "at" people, rather than sharing a two-way conversation
- reacting unusually negatively when asked to do something by someone else
- not being aware of other people’s personal space, or being unusually intolerant of people entering their own personal space
- little interest in interacting with other people, including children of a similar age, or having few close friends, despite attempts to form friendships
- rarely using gestures or facial expressions when communicating
- avoiding eye contact
- developing a highly specific interest in a particular subject or activity
- preferring to have a familiar routine and getting very upset if there are changes to their normal routine

Started a little over a year ago, The Growing Academy offers children with special needs therapy and childcare alike services in one package. Specializing in applied behaviour analysis therapy, therapists implement individualized behavior intervention for each child with the aim of helping them learn better and reach their maximum potential. Students whom have improved, and ready to integrate into mainstream schools, were offered the opportunity to join the Inclusion Programme. The Growing Academy collaborates with local preschools where students from their school are offered the chance to experience play time, snack time and work time with students in the mainstream schools. This inclusion programme aims to bridge the gap between mainstream teaching structure and special needs.
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1 month ago

Parenting United

We all care so much about our children. We want the best for them so that they will have the best! Hope you find this video useful in the way we hope and aspire our kids to grow:)

Jay Shetty
We are so much more than a grade on a piece of paper.
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Marriage – the first step towards becoming a family

All families start at this point – the couple's decision to spend the rest of their lives together. They
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YOUNG CHILDREN

This time is often a period of learning for your children, as they begin to learn about the world around them. As parents, it's easy to have expectations and want the best for their child. But when is it too much for your child to handle? How should you ensure that your child gets the best possible start in life? click here and read about how you can guide your children to be happy, eager, and well­balanced kids.

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Grown up but not quite there yet, teens make the last preparations as they move towards young adulthood, testing and exploring to get a feel of the environment around them. They begin to challenge authority, push limits, and find out more about themselves as a person. At the same time, they begin to become more assertive and independent.

At this point, a parent's role shifts towards that of an advisor or a collaborator, as they guide their young teens. click here to learn tips and tricks to better work with your teen.