Resources For You

On this page, you'll find resources and articles focusing on development for infants and toddlers, early language, play, executive function skills, and importance of mealtimes.

infants & toddlers

IMPORTANCE OF GESTURES
Find out the 16 gestures necessary for child development by 16 months of age.

FOUR STAGES OF EARLY COMMUNICATION
Produced by The Hanen Centre®, this guide provides parents with information regarding the beginning stages of development.

Early Language Development

TIPS FOR CHILDREN WITHOUT WORDS
Produced by The Hanen Centre®, these 10 simple tips illustrate how parents can encourage communication for children who use a combination of sounds and gestures.

TIPS FOR CHILDREN WITH WORDS
Produced by The Hanen Centre®, these 10 simple tips illustrate how parents can effectively promote communication for children who have just begun using single words.

TIPS FOR CHILDREN USING SENTENCES
Produced by The Hanen Centre®, these guidelines facilitate further language expansion through small changes to your own language and the environment.

play, behaviors and emotions

THE PLAY DEFICIT
This article in Aeon, written by Peter Gray, explores how children are pressured by current demands and the dire need for play in their everyday lives. “You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom, and it blossoms in play” (Gray, 2013).

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION
From Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child comes a phenomenal resource that briefly explains how executive function skills are in tune with child development and how secure relationships build these skills. 

TOXIC STRESS
From Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child comes a resource specifically geared toward explaining toxic environmental stressors and how we can build resilience instead. 

INFLAMMATION
From Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child comes a resource that explains how inflammation is relative to the immune system and overall development.

Feeding Development

DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY IN FEEDING
In this brief, one-page guide designed by Ellyn Satter © 2022, parents are informed of their roles in feeding while being reminded of their children’s roles in eating. Trust is crucial in the relationship, especially stemming from early childhood, and sets the foundation for mealtime enjoyment.

HOW TO HAVE BETTER FAMILY MEALS
This article from the NY Times describes why family meals matter and how to choose which meal would provide the best opportunity for connections. 


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