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Why Hurry? Respecting Development and Learning There is a lot of pressure on parents and teachers to have children ready for school. Families are inundated with a barrage of information from websites, television commercials, and well-meaning friends about buying or doing certain things so that their children will be successful. Teachers are being pushed to make sure they are instructing children, even babies, in the skills they need to be "ready" for the next step, whether it is preschool or kindergarten or reading. However, David Elkind (1987) states, no authority in the field of child psychology, pediatrics, or child psychiatry advocates the formal instruction, in any domain, of infants and young children. In fact, the weight of solid professional opinion opposes it and advocates providing young children with a rich and stimulating environment that is, at the same time, warm, loving, and supportive of the child's own learning priorities and pacing. It is within this supportive, non-pressured environment that infants and young children acquire a solid sense of security, positive self-esteem, and a long-term enthusiasm for learning. Document
Why Interaction Must Come Before Language Every family member is eager to hear their child use words and start putting sentences together. But did you know that the road to successful communication begins long before children start using words? Website
Wilder Child Guidance Center - NW Branch The Wilder Child Guidance Center NW Branch site has descriptions of Wilder's Youth, older adults, community and neighborhood, affordable housing, cross-culture support, anti-violence, and welfare to work programs. There is a very handy intrasite search engine, volunteer opportunities, consulting, a newspaper, research center, and other publications available on-line. Website
Working with Infants and Toddlers: The Importance of Family Partnerships Tips for building partnerships with family members of infants and toddlers. Tipsheet
Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic The Autism Program at Yale is an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. This is also one of the leading research centers in the world and recently recognized as a National Institutes of Health AUTISM CENTER OF EXCELLENCE. Our program involves infants, toddlers, pre-school, and school-age children, as well as young adults (18-21 years) with autism and related disorders and integrates highly experienced professionals from the fields of clinical psychology, neuropsychology and neuroimaging, child psychiatry, speech-language pathology, social work, genetics and the biological sciences, as well as psychopharmacology and psychiatric nursing. Our clinical and research activities are located in the Child Study Center at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Website
You Don't Say! Toddler Speech Milestones As your toddler's vocabulary blossoms, it's a special thrill to hear him enunciate and combine new words and express his wants and urgent needs (well, to him everything is an urgent need!) for the first time. Watch (and listen) for these exciting toddler language developments. Website
Your Child: Development and Behavior Resources The University of Michigan Your Child site has a links of information regarding children with special health needs. The site has information regarding heart disease and asthma/lung conditions. The site also contains information on immunizations, injury prevention, nutrition and CPR/First Aid to name a few. Website
Zero to Three The Zero to Three website has many resources for both parents and early childhood professionals alike. Training information is available for professionals. The site has a journal online as well as a bookstore. One of the many articles on the site is regarding Infant Mental Health. Website