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What to Play with your Child

Remember that young children require lots of physical activity. They learn best through doing; allow them to physically explore and experiment. Hand clapping games – sing a song (any song with a steady beat) while alternating between clapping once and doing a “double high five” with your child.   Put a ball on a small ...

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Helping your Child Focus

Regulation refers to the child’s ability to focus his attention, control his emotions, and manage his thinking, behavior, ad feelings.  Young children require adults to help them regulate until they learn self-regulation skills. There are many factors that can affect the level of regulation your child (and you) might be in: Internal causes – Food ...

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TV and Child Development

The American Academy for Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under the age of 2. How does TV affect the development of the children we serve? 0-3 years old are learning language – language is learned from face to face interactions with another person (watching their mouth, expressions…) not from a cartoon (that does ...

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Play to Development

Play is an important part of growing up. Through play children learn social engagements, language, behavioral expectations, and facts about their physical world. When observing your child playing look for how they play (how they use objects) as well as how they interact (what social engagements they use). These skills build upon each other starting ...

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June 2016 Testimonials

“You brought back light into the face and heart of Paloma. I am so grateful for all your teaching and for the times you listened to my concerns. I like what you have left me behind “my beautiful Palo-ma.” For the hundred of hours and years left behind I thank you very much. “ – ...

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Positive Parenting

“Terrible twos”; as children grow up they become more opinionated, and explorative – what children are doing is learning about their world. Every experience develops the child’s skills, knowledge, and ultimately their brain. As parents we want to encourage healthy exploration and learning while keeping our children safe. Positive parenting approach encourages parents to support ...

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The Importance of Routines

We all have daily routines. Routines might be different from person to person but we all use them to help us get through the day. Routines for the most part do not mean things happen in the exact same time every day, but rather an activity is sequenced in the same way (for example – ...

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What is Sensory Integration?

All of us learn about and comprehend the world through our senses. We see things, we hear things, we touch things, we experience gravity, and we use our bodies to move around in it. All of the sensory input from the environment and from inside our bodies works together seamlessly so we know what’s going ...

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Testimonial – Kamilla

Today, three years ago our little one, Kamilla was born. We want to thank God, our family, and Amigo Baby. Our team consisted of therapists, coordinators, and services. Together we all took on a journey, in which we have gone through frustrating moments and hope. We took a stroll down beautiful moments, and although some ...

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Getting Children to Wear their Glasses

The Center for the Partially Sighted: Pediatric Services Tarzana, California “Getting and Keeping Glasses on Young Children” Good Fit: To ensure success in getting your child to wear glasses it is important that you purchase the glasses from someone who is experienced in fitting a young child. Make sure that the nose and earpieces are ...

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Meal Time Routine

Meal time happens several times a day which provides a great opportunity for establishing a routine that supports behavior, self-control, healthy eating habits, social skills, and self-feeding skills. Meal time should be a relaxed, enjoyable, social activity! Toddlers should eat 5-6 meals a day (every meal counts; use every meal as an opportunity for a ...

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Establishing Toileting Routines for Children Tip Sheet

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Testimonial – Oscar Ortega

Dear Amigo Baby, I would like to thank you and your staff Kelly Thomas, Denise Ortiz, Josefina Sanchez, Tayde Levant, Amanda Lauber, Ankur Patel, and Pablo Valez for their time and dedication they provided for my son Oscar Ortega. They have given us an incredible experience and have helped my son grow and learn how ...

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Games for Visual Processing

  Look at books and point to pictures. When taking a walk point to things in the environment – a tree, a flower, a squirrel… Play ball – the child has to watch the ball go close and far from him/her and track its movement. Clean up – spread toys around the room and have ...

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What is the Social Development for the First Year?

1 month – Stops crying when picked up. 5-6 weeks – First smile response. Starts making sounds to express pleasure or discomfort. 2 months – Smiles, kicks, and swings arms at the sight of parents. Responds with sounds when talked to. 3 months – Will look up at parent when being fed. Shows excitement when ...

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How to Play with your Child

Playing with your child is a way to teach them about social engagement, following rules, impulse control (taking turns), language development, developing imagination, exploring the environment, and brain (cognitive) development. Model play behaviors, have fun, be relaxed, and allow free play as this is when children initiate and learn the most. Get down to your ...

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Toileting Routines for Children Spanish

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“The First Step to a Happy Future”