Child Development Quick Tip Sheets

Promising Practices in Refugee Education

Launched in March 2017, the Promising Practices in Refugee Education initiative set out to identify, document and promote innovative ways to effectively reach refugee children and young people with quality educational opportunities. On their website, you'll find thought-provoking information and ideas, case studies and reports from around the world!

NEW! Newcomer Parent Resource Series: Available in 14 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!

Tips for helping refugee children understand and manage big feelings and challenging behaviours

English: Tips for helping refugee children understand and manage big feelings and challenging behaviours
French: Conseils pour aider les enfants réfugiés à comprendre et à gérer leurs émotions fortes et leurs comportements difficiles

Fostering Physical Development in Infants

Infants cannot be taught to roll over, crawl or walk before their muscles, nerves and bones are developed enough for these movements. When an infant is ready, however, there are ways you can encourage them to develop these important gross motor skills in their own ways and in their own time. Read More

Creating a Welcoming Program for Newcomer Children

After the trauma of fleeing their home country, refugee families need safe and stable environments. To create this kind of “safe haven”, programs can develop a space where children can hear English but are not pushed to use it, and where they can observe activities and are encouraged to join in but are not required to. Learn about the many other things you can do to reduce stress and help ease this difficult transition for families.

Helping children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

You know about the five senses—sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell—but you may not be aware that most of us have two additional sensory systems that help us to control and integrate the information we gather. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) find it difficult to process and act on information received through these senses. Read more...

Second Language Learning

Julie Dotsch looks at second language learning and how Culture Shock can impede language development. Read More

Keeping the Child’s First Language

Many people believe that in order to help a new immigrant/refugee child make a success in their new life, the family should change to using the new language in this new culture (i.e. English) in their home. Julie Dotsch examines themany reasons why families should be encouraged to keep their native language with their children at home. . Read More

Encouraging Positive Behaviours; The importance of routines and rules

Operating a school age program brings with it many varied responsibilities, one of which is to operate a safe program. Routines and rules help to reduce risks for both children and staff. Read more

Building on Every Child’s Abilities

We all have things that we are good at and challenges that we need to work on. Too often, the strengths and abilities of newcomer children with special needs are overlooked or overshadowed by their special needs. By focusing on the strengths that newcomer children bring to your program, you are encouraging the development of healthy self-esteem that will be the foundation for their successful transition to life here in Canada. Read more