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Wendy is the editor at Weighted Blanket Guides magazine.

She has written a detailed article and guide about ASD and ADHD and how it relates to weighted blankets.

Read it here


During the Holiday Season, Good Hearing Equals Glad Tidings

(with thanks to Carolyn Smaka, Au.D., Associate Editor, Healthy Hearing)

Sleigh bells ringing, children singing, and all the other happy sounds of the holiday season. Question is: can you hear them?

Read more: Hearing Difficulties

WHY GOD MADE MUMS - Answers given by school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the sticky tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us...
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mum just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

Read more: Why God made Mums



Understanding Omega - 3

One of the most concentrated fish oils available, WINOmeg3complexTM is concentrated by a patented enzyme process and two molecular distillations which produce a pharmaceutical-grade oil with more than 85% omega-3 fatty acids. Compare this to most products on the market that are 30%-35% concentrated, and even to most of the pharmaceutical-grade fish oils with concentrations of 60%-65%, and you can see how it would take many more capsules daily to equal the amount of omega-3 fatty acids found in one serving of WINOmeg3complex.

Read more: Understanding Omega 3


Swimming pool by-laws reviewed
2009-03-16 13:15

Pretoria - The City of Johannesburg will review its existing swimming pool by-laws in response to an increasing number of drownings, emergency management services spokesperson Percy Morokane said on Monday.

Morokane said it was a "worrying fact" that pool-related drownings had escalated over the past few years.
"The most important fact to note is that all existing swimming pool owners will have to re-apply for permits (which was not a requirement in the old by-law) to the City's proactive services department."

Read more: Swimming pool by-laws


Can contact with nature enhance attentional functioning in children with ADHD? Recently, I came across an interesting and unusual study in which this hypothesis was explored (Taylor et al., (2001). Coping with ADD: The surprising connection to green play settings. Environment and Behavior, 33, 54-77.)

The notion that exposure to nature might improve attention problems in children is based on the Attention Restoration Theory, which proposes that natural environments can assist attentional functioning.  According to this theory, humans have two types of attention: voluntary attention (also known as directed attention); and involuntary attention.  Voluntary attention is the form of attention employed in attending to tasks or situations that require sustained attention and are not inherently easy to attend to.  After prolonged and intense use, voluntary attention becomes fatigued.

Read more: ADD Article David Rabiner, Ph.D.

Did you know that French children are, on the whole, better behaved than those from most English-speaking Western countries? (And how does this relate to business? Good mannered children become thoughtful and well-mannered workmates, I'm sure you'll agree.)

In an extended visit to France earlier this year I never saw a French child having a tantrum or acting up. And I was with many children over the first 20 days, including at a large French wedding, an awesome family event with many children present. It was composed of multiple parts, took place in three different venues and expanded joyously over two days.

Take meal times. Quite young children patiently wait for their dîner [dinner], usually about 8 o'clock. Even toddlers are rarely fed earlier. It's regarded as important that they sit at the table with the grown-ups and learn to be part of the wider family group. Neither are they allowed to dominate the conversation, although they certainly aren't repressed. Once they've eaten they politely ask to be excused and are allowed to go off to play.

I began to ask: 'How come, as a nation, that French kids are so well-behaved?'

I found the answer to this puzzle in a Singapore Airport bookshop on the way home. Pamela Druckerman's 'Bringing Up Bébé - one American mother discovering the wisdom of French parenting' jumped off the bookshelf at me. It's packed full of insights and well worth a read for any parent.

Read more: Delayed gratification

Why Kids Tattle and What To Do About It By: Elaine M. Gibson

When we bring an adult perspective to this process of tattling, or telling on someone, we fail to understand what is going on for the tattler. As adults, we aren't sure what to do about tattling and we convey our ambiguity to our children.   On one hand, we USE the information the child gives us to correct another child's behavior or prevent damage to people and property.  But on the other hand, we tell the tattler that tattling is wrong. 'Don't be a tattletale.'
Children can't cope with such double messages.

Read more: Why kids Tattle


We often hear about Speech Therapy and Audiology, but what does it entail, and when is an assessment necessary? A Speech Therapist and Audiologist is a professional person, with at least a 4 year University degree. Some professionals are qualified in both professions, and others practice as either a Speech Therapist or an Audiologist.

A Speech Therapist is trained in preventing, identifying, evaluating and managing communication disorders, as well as swallowing disorders. They work with speech production (articulation, stuttering etc.), voice quality, swallowing disorders, language delay and auditory processing disorders (listening skills).

Read more: Speech Therapy

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