Parents

The ndds Celebrates 25 Years with Rebrand: Now Called “Looksee Checklist”!

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, The Nipissing District Developmental Screening Tool (ndds) has announced a new parent-friendly name and look for their signature developmental checklist. The new Looksee Checklist—reflects the simple, approachable quality of the product to appeal to even more parents and child care professionals. The series of checklists follow a child from 1 month to 6 years of age and provides a short list of yes or no questions about the child’s abilities along with tips to help them grow. The checklists are available in a variety of languages and formats including a redesigned, user-friendly website.

5 Tips for Encouraging Sharing

There has been some debate about encouraging sharing in the early years, and some educators prefer to encourage "taking turns" over "sharing". Either way, it's important for the children in our programs to work on social skills and learn how to share space and objects with their peers. Here are five ideas for teaching and encouraging sharing in your program.

Sensory Processing Fact Sheet

What is sensory processing? Children with sensory processing issues can be oversensitive to sights, sounds, textures, flavours, smells and other sensory input. Here's a one-page fact sheet that provides essential information about why some kids struggle so much with sensory input, and how we can help!

Are you looking for quiet, calming music for children?

This relaxing music might be just what you're looking for to use during quiet time. You might also want to make calming music like this available with headphones in a quiet space to help children self-regulate!

Resource: Raising Teens in a New Country: A Guide for the Whole Family

This guide was created for parents and teens who are new to the U.S, and for service providers who are working with newcomer families. It's full of great information and conversation starters that could be used in parent or teen workshops and supports.

Keeping School-Age Children Healthy: Nutrition and Physical Activity

Good nutrition and physical activity are important parts of staying healthy. They can prevent obesity and some chronic illnesses. You can play an important role in encouraging and modelling healthy habits for school-age children. This virtual lesson will help you understand portion control, meal components, food safety, and ways of promoting lifelong physical fitness.

5 Simple Ways to Build Resilience and Well-Being in Children

How can we help children to be more resilient and less vulnerable to mental health problems? Although we can’t stop all mental health problems, we can help children develop habits that build their wellbeing and resilience. But,  these habits can’t exist on their own. They need to grow out of strong, supportive, nurturing relationships that children can develop with their parents, caregivers and teachers. Here are 5 ways to build wellbeing that you can integrate into your program.

NEW! Newcomer Parent Resource Series: Available in 15 Languages

Refugee parents come to Canada with unique settlement needs, and language barriers that make it challenging to get information to support their parenting, children’s development, and the health and safety of their family here in Canada. We’ve developed a series of 14 parent resources to help - and they’re available in the 14 languages most commonly spoken by refugee families here in Canada!

Why Is My Child Aggressive?

Getting what we want and need is part of survival, but young children often can’t or don’t know how to express their needs and desires in calm ways or using words. As they grow, children learn to control their emotions and interact with others in positive ways.


When Your Child Has Nightmares

Young children can’t always tell the difference between dreams and reality. Some children have dreams that feel so “real” and scary that they wake up upset. This can upset parents too and cause everyone to lose sleep. As a parent, there are things you can do to help your child have fewer nightmares so that everyone can sleep better.