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1.) Supervise your children while they are carving pumpkins. Unfortunately, emergency rooms see a lot of children come in over Halloween with injuries to their hands from sharp knives. Purchase special pumpkin carving tools for your children which are smaller, not as sharp, and easier to control. Stabilize the pumpkin as your carve, and make sure your children are not putting their hands inside the pumpkin while they cut. Remind them to point the knife down and away from them, and if they are young, let them draw the pattern and then cut it out for them so that they do not have to use a knife.
2.) Limit how much candy your child eats at one time. Make sure they eat a healthy dinner before trick-or-treating so that they do not just consume candy on Halloween night. Don’t allow your child to store the candy in his or her room — this could be an irresistible temptation for some kids. Always supervise how much candy your child is eating at one sitting.
3.) Send an adult to trick-or-treat with younger children. They could be scared by some costumes older children wear and will feel safer with an adult. Also, cars can be a concern for younger children walking on the street in the dark.
Stay safe, and have a happy Halloween!
Center for Pediatric Therapies is pleased to announce the arrival of two new speech-language pathologists: Jessica Brammer-Owens and JoBeth Hamilton. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Science in Communication Services and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. JoBeth earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Radford University.
Meet our new team members:
Jessica Brammer-Owens, MS, CCC-SLP/L
JoBeth Hamilton, MS, CF-SLP
Despite the pressure that parents often feel to schedule their children’s every activity, it is important not to over-schedule your child. Make sure you are leaving your child with enough free time to encourage good, old-fashioned play. Research has shown that that play is essential to a child’s development. Play contributes to the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical well-being of children. Leaving your child with unstructured time to play in whatever way he or she chooses offers all of the following benefits:
- Play encourages a child’s creativity and imagination — they make up their own games and create their own imaginary world. Creativity and imagination are an important part of brain development.
- Play allows an opportunity for a child to work out his or her feelings, fears, and frustrations about things. For example, a child can address fears at school by playing the role of teacher and helping her “students”.
- Play helps children learn, as they engage and interact with the world around them.
- Play builds self-esteem. As children master their play world, they gain the confidence to face other challenges in the real world.
- Play encourages children to develop social skills, as they interact with inanimate objects, and later, other children. They learn to share, negotiate, and empathize with others.
- Play allows children to discover what their interests are and what they enjoy. Eventually, they may discover passions they wish to pursue.
- Play builds active, healthy bodies and increases physical activity levels in children.
- When parents play with their children, parents and children learn to communicate better with one another and build their parent-child relationship.
- Play helps children with language development. As children talk repeatedly during play, they enhance their language skills through repetition of words.
- Play is also important simply because it is how children experience fun and joy that should be a cherished part of childhood!
Don’t let play get lost amidst the business of school and other structured activities. A child whose every moment is scheduled loses out on all of the ways that play contributes to development.