Child Development External Resources

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.

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!

Webinar -Trauma Informed Care in ECE: Key Strategies for Healing and Behavioural Change

Children with a history of trauma often “act out” their distress through behaviours that are challenging for adults to understand. This webinar focuses on understanding the message of challenging behavior and strategies to help children heal.

Webinar: 5 Things You Can Do Today to Lessen Challenging Behaviours Tomorrow

At times, early educators may feel powerless in the face of challenging behaviours. But, there are steps you can take to lessen these behaviours! Through humour, concrete examples, and practical suggestions, participants in this webinar will learn about five common causes of challenging behaviours, how to recognize them, understand their impact, and how to remedy them so peace and happiness can prevail.

Online Training: Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This online training is divided into eight modules on topics like: Introduction to Autism, Setting the Stage for Learning, Observing and Understanding Behaviour, Setting Goals, Developing Functional Play, Enhancing Social Skills and more... if you're working with a child with ASD, it's a great way to learn the basics and find excellent articles, tutorials and websites to further explore!

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.

Webinar – From Biting to Hugging: The Social Development of Infants and Toddlers

Register now to learn more about how to support infant and toddlers’ social and prosocial development, and new strategies for helping children move from biting to hugging!

Make Bedtime Better: The Sleep Guide for Parents

Many families struggle with bedtime routines and helping children develop healthy sleeping patterns. This guide is full of information about all things related to children's sleep. The topics have been broken down into useful sections to make it easy to find the information and you're looking for.

Webinar: 5 Big Ideas About Early Brain Development

Find out about “5 big ideas” about early brain development that every parent and early childhood professional should know and use every day! For example, 700-1000 new neural connections form in a baby’s brain every second! What does that mean for the baby, and for your program?

Webinar: Using Movement for Optimal Development and Early Learning

This recorded webinar discusses guidelines for creating a movement-friendly environment and managing safety. You'll also learn about techniques that build confidence and self-esteem through a wide variety of activities that you can easily use in your classroom.