Category Archives : Classroom to Playground

IS AUTISM REALLY A PUZZLE? THE POWER OF A CAMERA

I thought my experience with this little boy (whose name I was unable to get) was very profound as it never involved “words” but the true understanding of non-verbal communication and the strength of understanding its power when dealing with someone diagnosed with Autism. On April 2, 2013, JASA (Jamaica Autism Support Association) put on […]

Listen with your Eyes

We are overwhelmed with THINGS! Things that demand our attention. Parents have a skill for seeing what their kids don’t even think they can see 🙂 Sometimes though, we must STOP and give our full attention to what we are being told. Take the time to LOOK at your child while they are talking to you tonight at bedtime. […]

Back to School: Are you S-E-T? Mr Alexis Goffe speaks

Back to School: Are you S-E-T? Mr Alexis Goffe speaks on Smile Jamaica TVJ about parents being S-E-T – establish a STRUCTURE, plan a healthy weekly menu to ensure ease of shopping and nutritious EATING and last, but not least…make time to listen and TALK to your little student this term.

Back to School: Eat smart! Nutritionist Kerry Weatherly speaks

Back to School: Eat Smart! Mrs Kerry Weatherly speaks on Smile Jamaica TVJ. There is no “bad” food or “good” food. Listen in and learn some tips on the right WAY to feed your school-age children. BREAKFAST: hot or cold cereal with milk and a fresh fruit make a quick, nutritious and affordable breakfast LUNCH: send […]

back to S-C-H-O-O-L tips for parents

Here are some tips for parents to keep in mind as we dive head first into BACK TO SCHOOL!! SLEEP!  A good night’s sleep is essential for the brain to process the day’s activities and lessons.  Children 4-8 years old need 10 hours of sleep a night. A one hour nap before 4 pm can […]

How do you doo? Part 2: A rainbow of possibilities

Many parents marvel and panic over the colour of the stool their child passes. Stool colour is DIRECTLY affected by what a child eats and the health of the intestinal tract. Once the first sticky (dark green and very gooey) meconium of the newborn is passed your child’s stools will take on a range of […]

How do you Doo? Part 1: Consistency

Many parents are disturbed, confused and even frightened by changes in children’s stool texture. Below is a Caribbean modification of the Bristol Stool Form Chart which enables parents to describe and discuss the little ones “productions” with better understanding from the health care professionals. Types 1-2 are TOO DRY, usually due to staying in the colon for […]

Once a Spouse, Always a Parent (Part 2)

Age appropriate strategies to help your child cope with divorce or separation Children experience their parents’ separation/divorce differently throughout the different stages of development. The following are age appropriate suggestions for ways to help your child cope during this challenging period: Birth to 2 years At this stage maintaining consistency in your child’s environment is [&helli...