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Teaching children how to remember

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / May 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

Children whose parents ask more questions about events and experiences tend to have significantly better memories than their less-questioned counterparts. Tell Me More The development of memory, like many functions, is extremely malleable during the toddler and preschool years. At this age, your child’s memory is particularly responsive to gentle but regular training. One activity

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Crying as a sign of stress

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / April 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

We can’t solve the age-old debate about on-demand vs scheduled feedings here, but we can tell you that your baby has to get pretty worked up in order to ‘tell you’ that they are ready for their next meal. Tell Me More When is the last time you cried for a meal? Thanks to our

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Why children ask why

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / April 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

As the parent of any preschool age child knows, ‘why?’ is one of the most frequently asked questions in the young child’s language arsenal. But why ‘Why?’? In addition to fact-finding tools, children’s questions are a mechanism for developing critical thinking skills. Tell Me More Preschooler’s questions play an important role in mind development, not

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Speaking to babies fertilizes future speaking

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / April 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

Using sensitive new methods that measure brain activity, it has been shown that the areas of babies’ brains that will later be responsible for speech become activated when merely listening to words at six months of age. Tell Me More Even before six months of age, babies’ brains are primed for acquiring language. Before six

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Drawing is a precursor to writing

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

Scribbling and drawing have their origins in the same parts of the brain that will later be used for writing. Tell Me More Even toddlers, who can barely hold a crayon or pencil, are eager to ‘write’ long before they acquire the skills that formally prepare them to read and write. Children who are encouraged

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Learning how to read minds

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / March 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

The ability to understand what someone else is feeling and thinking represents the pinnacle of a series of developmental steps toward the development of a mature mind. Tell Me More In the first few years of life, your primary focus was yourself. You wanted food, warmth, or an engaging toy, and you were willing to

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The over-tired child

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / March 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

More than just a product of too little sleep, over-tiredness is actually a real condition with a hormonal explanation. Tell Me More A very common, and the least recognized reason for sleep problems between the ages of 1-2 years is over-tiredness. Over-tiredness and its correction have a neural basis. Children in the throes of a

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Toddlers – small teenagers?

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

Just as the teenage years are marked by strong mood swings and hormonal surges, the characteristic emotional outbursts of the “terrible twos and threes’ are in large part due to a temporary imbalance in the areas of the brain responsible for anger and self-control. Tell Me More Two and three-year-old pass through a phase where

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Reading style matters

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

The way we read books to our children makes a difference in how they learn new words and develop early reading skills. Tell Me More There’s more than one way to read a book, and the way you read to your child has been found to significantly correlate with the benefits children receive from reading

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Babies memories: better than previously thought

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

Twelve-month-old babies seem to have the ability to not only process information quickly, but also to retain that information for at least a month – amazing! Tell Me More It’s hard to tell what babies are thinking and how good their memories are since they can’t yet communicate verbally. However, research into memory development in

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