Every child needs exercise, but every parent knows that scheduling the recommended 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day isn’t easy. The challenge is magnified when your child doesn’t like or struggles to participate in the group sports and activities most schools provide. Soccer, baseball, hockey and cheerleading aren’t for everyone. Kids who are easily distracted, uncoordinated, shy or don’t enjoy team environments may prefer one of these five ideas for fun and exercise that help to limit the anxiety that can result from forced group participation:
Transitioning between seasons can be tough for any child, but for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD), the arrival of winter can be particularly difficult. With a new season comes a whole slew of new feelings, each of which may be overwhelming and uncomfortable for anyone with a sensory integration dysfunction. Luckily, there are some steps that parents can take to minimize the seasonal transition. The following tips can help ensure kids with sensory issues feel as comfortable and secure as possible during the winter.
Child behavior and food have been found to be closely linked. Studies show that certain foods can cause or at least worsen behavioral issues like ADHD and other learning disorders. While changing a child’s diet might seem like a daunting task at first, many parents end up feeling relieved when they see positive changes in their child’s behavior, because it could reduce the need for medication and other treatment options. For this reason, parents whose children have behavioral disorders should consider this list of common food triggers of behavior problems.
The brand is generating a lot of buzz with teachers and parents all over Northwest Indiana, but what exactly goes on at Brain Balance? Results are seen in classrooms and in homes as well. When a relative or friend comments on a child’s progress, it's easy to say, “Brain Balance helped her.” But what goes on in each session at the facility to produce results?
At first glance, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) may sound like your average teenager: defiant, argumentative and irritable. However, ODD becomes a classifiable disability when a child shows behaviors that are repeatedly and chronically disruptive or vindictive, and that interfere with their daily life. How should parents and teachers best address these behaviors, which can often escalate quickly? The following series of steps will help limit ODD episodes, which are ultimately about the child gaining control of a situation, and not necessarily acting out.
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that works to educate teens about drug and alcohol use. The week long observance links students with experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that are learned from social media, TV, movies, music and from friends.
Smoking increases your risk for health problems and diseases. Also keep in mind that the average smoker who is actually able to live to age 75 has 5.8 fewer teeth than a non-smoker. Along with highly addictive nicotine, cigarette smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals.
In the early 1990’s Dr. Robert Melillo began seeing a marked increase in children with learning and behavioral issues visiting his practice. Parents were concerned and desperate to help their children. This was the beginning of a long and passionate journey for Dr. Melillo as he developed the Brain Balance Program.
The idea of a functional relationship between the left and right sides of the brain is hardly new. In 1949, Canadian neuropsychologist Donald O. Hebb, PhD, famously concluded that “cells that fire together wire together” after he conducted research to figure out how the brain thinks and processes information. The adage means that brains cells that are activated, fired, and come to threshold at the same time will literally build physical connections to one another. In order for this to happen, timing is crucial, especially during early brain development. If neurons don’t fire at precisely the right time, the connection doesn’t happen and it is lost forever. This glitch can happen at any time, especially in the womb when early right brain development is taking place. This is why pregnancy is such a vulnerable time for autism to...
The mission of the VNA of NWI is to be the most patient-focused provider of aging, hospice, palliative, and grief support services in Northwest Indiana. VNA is all about caring and one of the ways they do that is to provide grief support programs for children at the VNA Phoenix Center in Valparaiso.