Help Your Child Thrive

A science-based early development resource

October 15, 2018

Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year, millions of children get sick with seasonal flu; thousands of children are hospitalized and some children die from flu. Here are a few things all parents should know about the flu vaccine.

October 12, 2018

Walking on tiptoes is normal when a child is just learning how to walk. However, in some cases toe walking may be associated with certain medical conditions or cause developmental delays. Consult a physician if it doesn’t go away by 2 years of age.

Author: Colleen Walsh, RN, MSN, CPNP
Source: Inceptive Education 
Estimated time to read: 02:51

October 11, 2018

A child’s developing brain benefits from learning to play music in several ways. However, parents don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars on musical instruments. Here are a few simple and inexpensive ways to create musical instruments for your child. 

Author: Action for Children
Source: Action for Children
Estimated time to read: 01:25

October 10, 2018

Consumer Reports’ food safety team analyzed 50 nationally distributed packaged foods made for babies and toddlers, checking for cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic, the type most harmful to health. Their testing showed concerning levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead in many popular baby and toddler foods.

Author: Jesse Hirsch
Source: Consumer Reports
Estimated time to read: 27:41

Image credit - Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
October 9, 2018

Every child’s development is unique, influenced by genetics, prenatal development, the care he or she receives after birth, and the experiences prompted by his or her environment. So there is a wide range of what may be considered ‘normal’ development.

In this video leading scientists review both basic and clinical research and discuss factors that influence child development from birth to two-years old, helping us understand what to look for, how to interpret what we observe, and what, if anything, can be done to intervene if something goes “wrong.”

October 8, 2018

Learn about some age-appropriate strategies that help parents establish rules and encourage their children to form healthy tech habits.

Author: Melanie Pinola
Source: NY Times
Estimated time to read: 21:32

October 5, 2018

The Mathical Book Prize is an annual award for fiction and nonfiction books that inspire children of all ages to see math in the world around them. Explore their collection of books for ages 2-18, with 53 titles to date.

October 4, 2018

Children typically begin lying in the preschool years, between two and four years of age. It is important for parents to understand why kids lie and learn about the strategies to encourage children’s truth-telling.

Author: Beth Arky
Source: Child Mind Institute 
Estimated time to read: 08:43

October 3, 2018

A new study in Lancet Child & Adolescent Health found that limited recreational screen time, adequate physical activity and healthy sleep habits improve cognition in children.

Author: Nicholas Bakalar
Source: NY Times and The Lancet (audio)
Estimated time to read: 01:23
Time to listen: 10:08

October 2, 2018

Imitation and learning

Imitation is a powerful form of learning that provides children with the opportunity to practice and master new skills. Learn about the importance of imitation in early childhood development along with some tips to help your child learn through imitation.

Author: 1to1 Therapy Services
Source: 1to1 Therapy Services
Time to watch: 04:32

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A child’s brain develops rapidly from birth to age three, producing more than a million neural connections each second. Genes determine when these connections are formed, but how these connections are formed is shaped by the environments and experiences a baby is exposed to. As primary caretakers and first teachers, parents are in a unique position to support their child’s development.

Parents want the best for their child, we do too! This is why Inceptive was born (pun intended): to bring today’s busy parents cutting-edge research and tools to help create the optimal learning environment for their child in the early years.

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