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  • Playtime with Blind and visually impaired children

    Blind children are vulnerable to having their play restricted, but in many ways, they need it more than sighted children. It helps improve their curiosity and independence, as well as contributing to personality development.
    In this infographic, we look at some ideas for play with blind children. It includes some handy tips on how to have inclusive playtime with children of all abilities. We also look at how you can adapt toys to be more user friendly for a visually impaired child.

    There are creative ways to get your kids involved in arts and crafts too and fun activities that will help them learn how to play and develop their sensory skills.

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  • Helping Your Child Develop Through Play

    Tummy time and play time is, of course, vital to a child’s development. It should also be a lot of fun! While we’re sure any time you spend with your toddler will be positive, we thought it would be a great idea to put together a simple guide to some of the most constructive games you can play with your toddler.

    The guide is split up into four sections; language, movement, co-ordination and creative skills. Within which are simple games that don’t require buying much of the way in props. Indeed, for many of these games you could improvise and make your own props should you wish. In every case the most crucial component to your child’s development is you. You will be their best, most interactive and most interesting toy; and your involvement in these games is crucial to their development.

    From games you can play when you’re sitting in a waiting room, to games you play by simply turning your living room into an adventure playground; these are all easy to devise and lots of fun both for you and your child to play.

    Obviously every child develops at a different rate, so while these are aimed roughly at those starting to toddler around they can be adapted for older and younger children.

    Helping your child develop through play

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  • The Success of Read for My School 2013

    Read For My School

    Those who question the role that electronic devices can play in the promotion of reading amongst children will be interested to learn of the conclusions drawn from teachers, authors and reading experts after the 2013 Read for My School competition organised by the Pearson Trust and Booktrust*, with additional support from the Department for Education.

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  • Helping Young Children to Develop Language and Communication Skills

    See and Spell

    Ah language and communication! As parents, one of the milestones we long for is to hear our child say our name. But then a few months down the line, after our toddlers have repeated ‘mummy?’ or ‘daddy?’ for the 500th time, how many of us can honestly say we haven’t briefly, but wistfully, remembered the months of baby ‘quiet’ when our child was blissfully silent?! When you think about it the ability to talk and communicate our needs and desires is incredible. It is one of the skills that separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom and it is something that as parents we can do a lot to encourage and develop.

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