Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers: Issue No. 30 November 2013
More Than Baby Talk: 10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers
This brief guide describes ten practices that early childhood teachers can use to foster language and communication skills among infants and toddlers. The guidelines are based upon the latest research findings on optimal adult-child interactions for promoting strong language and communication skills among young children.
Noise ≠ Conversation
DVDs and educational programs on TV have a growing place in helping young children to learn. But there’s new evidence that they may not be as effective as old fashioned conversation. Even before birth, children hear sounds and words and can babble a variety of noises that will eventually coalesce into language. The dynamic interaction between the infant and her caregiver—a back-and-forth that static videos and television programs can’t provide—is critical for efficient language learning.
40 Fine Motor Skills Activities
The fine motor skills activities for young children in this collection are easy to set up and will promote a whole range of skills. They’re creative, open-ended, appropriate and varied with ideas for practicing motor skills through art, sensory play and simple manipulative games.
Supporting Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System
ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends have recently released a report online entitled “Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives.” The 67-page report includes findings from a 2013 survey of state child welfare agencies about the policies and practices that guide their work in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated. Download or print a copy here. For related companion pieces click here.
Using Toys to Support Infant-Toddler Learning and Development
This article by Gabriele Guyton offers strategies for selecting toys to meet young children’s unique needs and interests.
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Baby Talk: Resources to support the people who work with infants and toddlers
Issue No. 8 January 16, 2012
Selecting Toys that Support Infant and Toddler Learning and Development
Interested in how infant and toddler caregivers can create healthy attachments to the children in their settings? Using Toys to Support Infant-Toddler Learning and Development by Gabriel Guyton is an article that highlights ways in which teachers who are knowledgeable about child development and play can intentionally select toys that meet young children’s unique needs and interests and support learning.
Reinforced Recommendation: No Screen Time for Kids Under 2
When the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated their guidelines, the organization reaffirmed its 1999 recommendation that discouraged television viewing by children under age 2. The AAP’s newest policy statement on the topic, “Media Use by Children Younger Than Two Years,” comes on the scene at a time when children’s screen options have expanded to include other forms of electronic media, such as computers, video games, tablets, and smart phones. The group once again calls for parents to limit screen time for children under age 2, pointing to additional research showing the negative effects of too much time spent with electronic media at young ages, particularly the sacrifice of time spent engaging in creative play and interacting with people and objects.
Despite the AAP’s guidelines, the results of a new survey from Common Sense Media show that electronic media are prevalent in the lives of children from birth to age 8. More than a quarter of all screen time is spent with newer digital media, including computers, video games, smart phones, and tablets, with half of all children having access to one of these devices. More specifically, apps on newer mobile devices are increasingly popular, and have been used by 10% of infants up to 1-year old, 39% of 2- to 4-year-olds, and 52% of 5- to 8-year-olds.
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