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Baby signs strengthen baby minds

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / January 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

Teaching babies to understand and make their own signs may give their brain a boost, as well as providing the means for their first early communications before they are capable of speech.   Tell Me More Imagine how your life would change if your baby could tell you what they wanted! It’s possible – with

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The first five years: critical to brain development

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / January 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

Unlike many other organs, our brains do not grow steadily over time, but rather, in growth spurts which are heavily concentrated during early childhood.  Tell Me More Incredibly, a baby’s brain reaches half of its adult size by 18 months, and 90% of its adult size by 4-5 years. Brain growth is achieved mostly by

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Consequences of a visual world

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / December 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Our ever-more sophisticated technologies and culture have led us to become highly dependent on visual stimulation to maintain our attention. Tell Me More We are very fortunate to live in a highly visual world.  Our senses are constantly stimulated and bombarded with visual input.  As a result, we have become largely dependent on this input

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Neophobia: the fear of the new

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / November 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

Is your child a picky eater? Well, here’s some reassuring news for frustrated parents: you are not alone. Furthermore, a fear of new foods and a fear of new things in general often go hand-in-hand for many children. Tell Me More Most of us would be surprised to discover that research shows children often require

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Bundled babies eat and sleep better

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / November 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

Swaddling coaxes babies to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Tell Me More Swaddling is a technique of wrapping a young baby in a blanket in such a way that the baby’s natural reflexes are suppressed. Midwives and lactation consultants have long advocated swaddling as a means of calming young babies, and now we

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Toy labels: consider ager before stage

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / November 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

The age listed on labels of toys and games is often a recommendation based on safety concerns, not developmental suitability. Tell Me More At present, there are simply no global guidelines in place for age recommendations listed on toys with the exception of rules regarding choking hazards for children under three years of age. Recommended-age

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The difference between boys and girls – not so great after all

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / September 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

Despite common statements such as “girls speak earlier than boys” when it comes to developmental milestones, there simply is no proven significant difference between genders. Tell Me More Despite this fact, we tend to compare the genders often, with the result that there are many misleading perceptions about differences between the genders. Boys and girls

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Pointing to print preps the brain for reading

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / September 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Years before children actually learn to read, they begin to realize that letters and written text carry meaning. Tell Me More Research has shown that most toddlers and preschool children don’t pay attention to printed text unless they are encouraged to do so by the person reading the book. Simply by pointing to the text

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Thinking “outside the box” has roots in early experiences

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / August 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

Like many other skills, creative thinking can be strengthened by early environments. Tell Me More Seeing things from different angles is considered a form of abstract thinking, but it has concrete roots in visual-spatial perception. For example, being able to see an object in two different ways of finding objects hidden in drawings. These skills

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Even praise has its pitfalls

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / August 23, 2019 / 0 Comments

Across cultures, children respond better to praise for effort rather than praise for outcome. Tell Me More Let’s start out by saying right away that praise of any kind usually starts out with good intentions. However, praise yields greater encouragement and motivation when it is directed towards a child’s effort (ie “You are drawing very

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