Child Development Quick Tip Sheets

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

Promoting Emotional Literacy in Young Immigrant Children

Emotional literacy is the ability to identify, understand and respond to your own emotions and to those of others. Learning to understand feelings, how our actions may affect others and how to express emotions is a major milestone in early childhood development. As newcomer children adjust to life in Canada, it is especially important for them to have words or the use of pictures to communicate their feelings. It’s also important, as caregivers, to recognize that some emotions are expressed in different ways across different cultures. Read More

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

Tips for Encouraging Children to Talk

Did you know that you can encourage children to speak by setting up opportunities for the child to practise target words and using strategies called communication temptations? Read more...

Stress and Mental Health in the Newcomer Child

Newcomer children are adapting to a new environment, new sights, sounds, foods and people. On top of this, they are learning to understand a new language. All of this can lead to stress, and can present as physical, emotional and intellectual changes. By learning to recognize the signs of stress and helping newcomer children to build their resiliency, you can assist them in coping with life’s challenges today and into the future.Read more...

Creating a Welcoming Program for Newcomer Children

Moving to a new country is overwhelming, especially for a young child. They are just beginning to learn routines and to express themselves in their familiar surroundings when, suddenly, everything changes. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to help ease this difficult transition. Here is a new resource sheet that provides ideas for welcoming new children into your program.

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

Physical Development in Infants

Infants learn to crawl, cruise and walk in their own time. This cannot be taught, but it can be encouraged. Read more