Category KIDS

Back-to-school nutrition primer: Give kids a healthy head start on academic success

Foods and nutrients that support brain health and boost academic success

(BPT) – Parents arm their kids with a plethora of school supplies, new attire and the latest technology to prepare them for a successful school year. But one of the most important components of academic success is often overlooked: nutrition.

“Having adequate nutrition provides children with the energy they need to learn, and increases their ability to stay on task, to concentrate, focus and solve problems,” says speech pathologist Lauren Zimet, an expert on oral motor/feeding and picky eating, and founder of The Healthy Foundations Program. “When nutrition is inadequate, there’s an increase in moodiness and irritability and a decrease in perseverance and patience.”

Zimet notes recent studies have shown tha...

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Game on: Kid tested, parent approved?

(BPT) – It is no secret that kids love video games – they’re exciting, fun and engrossing. As a parent, you worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, many video games are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development – skills in problem solving, reasoning, math and science. So how can a parent choose?

“In past decades, educational video games were known for poor design and cheap production,” says Jason Wiser, faculty in the Media Arts & Animation program at The New England Institute of Art, “with wonderful exceptions like Zoombinis and Oregon Trail putting all this shovelware to shame. But as gamers have grown up and become parents, the more discerning audience has helped give rise to a new generation of better games for kids.”

Wiser will...

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3 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read


3 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read

(NewsUSA) – The number of children who read digitally is on the rise, according to a report called “The Children’s Digital Book Market: The future looks bright.” In both the U.S. and Canada, e-book sales for children have increased substantially for some companies. No matter how you may feel about digital books, this is great news.

More kids reading is always good news — especially when reading achievement levels are so abysmal. Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress says that only one-third of all students entering high school are proficient in reading.

It’s no secret that children who read tend to be more successful in school. Reading helps instill an interest in learning, exercises the brain and improves concentration, critical thinking and vocabulary.

“As ...

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The Reading Wars: Technology Helps Kids Learn to Read


The Reading Wars: Technology Helps Kids Learn to Read

The Reading Wars: Technology Helps Kids Learn to Read

(NewsUSA) – Parents know that the best way to instill a love of reading in a child is to read to them early and often. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee an avid book lover. Nor does it guarantee that a child will be able to read well.

That’s because children learn differently, experts say. Some need visual experiences, while others respond to auditory cues. Still others need a hands-on approach.

Despite parents’ best efforts, however, sometimes children continue to struggle to make sense of words on a page. So, what’s a concerned (but frustrated) parent to do?

“Children’s reading problems are rooted in how they process information,” says educator David Fowler, M. Ed.

Fowler likens a child’s mind to a computer, noting that...

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