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Breaking the Stigma: Can Children with Special Needs Learn a Second Language?

Some families and professionals believe that it’s too difficult for a child with special needs to learn a second language, but research shows that children with special needs can become bilingual. In a study of children with language impairment, Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder, researchers confirmed that children’s ability to learn is based on their age, the degree of their disability, their intellectual capacity and their proficiency in their first language.

40 Fine Motor Skills Activities

Before a child can learn to write they need strength in their hands and fingers and hand-eye coordination. Here are 40 fine motor activities for babies to five year olds that help to build these skills. These ideas are not only well-explained but are simple, open-ended and make use of art, sensory play and simple manipulative games.

Quick Tip Video – Classroom Expectations

Find out how and why to use classroom expectations in your program in this 2-minute video!

Summer Camp Experiences for Refugee Children in Ontario

Refugee children between the ages of 5–14 who have arrived in Canada since 2014 may qualify for free one or two week sessions at an Ontario summer camp. This program is being offered by the Ontario Camps Association. Learn more and find out how parents can apply!

CNC in Action: Special Needs

When ‘Sarah’* joined the Toronto District School Board Rexdale CNC program, she did not engage with either the children or the toys in the room. Diagnosed with autism, Sarah needed different supports. The child care staff welcomed her with open arms and wanted to help her integrate into the program. They started off with keen observation, hard work, and a request for funding. In the end, they improved the CNC experience for not only Sarah, but the other newcomer children as well.

Risks of Sleeping in Car Seats: Keeping Children Safe

Shepard Dodd was not even 3 months old when he died after being put to sleep in a car seat at daycare. It is not safe for babies to be in a seated or semi-reclined position to sleep. When sleeping, a baby's head can fall forward because their muscles are under- developed, and their airway can become constricted.

Anaphylaxis Education, Anytime, Anyplace

AllergyAware.ca offers free online courses to increase awareness of anaphylaxis, including a course designed specifically for child care staff/caregivers called Anaphylaxis in Child Care Settings. Available in English and French, the interactive course takes about 30 minutes to complete and ends with a short review quiz. When this quiz has been successfully completed, participants can download and print a personalized certificate of completion.

Video: Why are the early years so important?

Did you know that 90% of brain development happens in the first 6 years of life? Watch this fun 2-minute video to learn more about how early experiences impacts everything!

CONFERENCE: Celebrating Linguistic Diversity May 4-5

If you’re going to be in the Toronto area, consider registering for this two-day conference. It will feature more than 70 workshop choices related to newcomer children and education. Topics will include: partnering with non-English speaking families, trauma-informed strategies, scaffolding language through play-based learning, and using multilingual resources. Find out more and register now.
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