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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
Wilderness Inquiry (WI) Wilderness Inquiry is a non- profit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor fun for people of all abilities and walks of life. The outdoor activities are in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Website
Working with Families: Rethinking Denial Working with Families: Rethinking Denial is a very thoughtful article that deals with what families go through in processing their understanding what life may be like for their child with a disability. Document
Working with Infants and Toddlers: The Importance of Family Partnerships Tips for building partnerships with family members of infants and toddlers. Tipsheet
Xeelado Kahortagaya Dabeecadaha Adag (Strategies to Prevent Challenging Behaviors) Xeeladaha tageerada wanaagsan waxay kahortagi karaan dabeecadaha adag caruurtaadana xanaanada ku wanaajin kara. Good support strategies can prevent difficult behaviors and improve your child's care. Tipsheet
Yellow Pages for Kids This site sorts out services and resources specific to children with disabilities and details about these resources. 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
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