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Dyslexia and Early Intervention #23

Today’s interview is with dyslexia and early intervention specialist Dr Tim Conway. If you’re looking for ways to ensure young children are given the best early intervention, or just to take the most effective approach towards setting up a solid foundation for reading in the future, this interview is for you! You can listen tothis episodeabove,listen to it on iTunesorStitcher,or read the transcript below. Dr Tim Conway Dr Conway works in the area of neuropsychology, which means understanding how our knowledge, our behaviours and emotions relate to our brain function. He’s done extensive research on dyslexia, since it runs in his family, as well as research on how to use early intervention to successfully help kids, and adults, overcome their learning challenges. You can find out more about Dr Conway’s work and his online tutoring programs by going to The Morris Center or NOW! Programs. Or find him on Facebook at Now! Programs or The Morris Center. Just so you know, this podcast ...

58 min2018 FEB 4
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Dyslexia and Early Intervention #23

Why Dads Should Read to their Kids #22

Why should dads read to their young children? Because research has shown that it’s incredibly beneficial! Today’s podcast episode focuses on why dads can make such great reading partners for their kids. You can listen tothis episodeabove,listen to it on iTunesorStitcher,or read the transcript below. Mums see it as an educational imperative In a study comparing how children’s reading is affected when read to by mums versus dads, Dr Elisabeth Duursma found a strong gender pattern. Mums put more pressure on themselves as parents, they see it more as a job, and they see themselves in competition with other mums. So when mums are reading with their kids they’re approaching it as a teaching exercise, which some call competitive parenting. Dads are chilled and chatty Dads on the other hand are lying on the floor with their kids, and if the kid doesn’t want to read they just let it go. Language development According to research fathers, in general, use a broader vocabulary than mothers...

6 min2017 NOV 15
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Why Dads Should Read to their Kids #22

Concussion in Young Children: What You Need to Know #21

Today we’re chatting with Dr Elizabeth Sandel about concussion in young children. What causes it. What we need to look for and how we can help during the recovery process. There are free posters, helpful links and a video for you to use when you approach this topic with your kids. In the classroom we talk about personal safety and behaving well towards others, so why not expand that to talk about the very real possibility of concussion? You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Please note: some of the graphics used in this post were created BY THE CDC. Who is Dr Sandel? Dr Sandel has specialized in caring for patients with brain injuries for more than 30 years and is board-certified in physical medicine, rehabilitation and brain injury medicine (BIM). She has worked with patients of all ages injured in falls and motor vehicle accidents, as well as athletes, veterans, injured workers, and victims of violent crime. She is cu...

30 min2017 JUL 9
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Concussion in Young Children: What You Need to Know #21

How Scribbling Fast Tracks our Kids #20

Scribbling can have a huge positive impact on a child’s development, not just as a pre-writing skill, but to develop language, reasoning, problem solving and relationships. Learn what researchers have found and how we can optimise that knowledge in our homes and classrooms. There’s also a free download including templates your little ones might like to scribble on! You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. The essential role of scribbling This week I read an interesting paper, published in 2016, about the role that scribbling plays in the development of imagination and cognitive function in young children. The authors are Elizabeth and Andrew Coates from Warwick University in England. The essential role of scribbling in the imaginative and cognitive development of young children. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 2016, Vol. 16(1) 60–83. DOI: 10.1177/1468798415577871 This episode is basically a summary of their paper so ...

13 min2017 APR 13
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How Scribbling Fast Tracks our Kids #20

Attuned Communication instead of Classroom Management? #19

Want to try attuned communication with your kids so you don’t have to rely so much on traditional classroom management techniques? Listen to this interview with Laura Fish, it’s got tons of great advice for building up our kids, giving them confidence and strengthening executive function through conversation! You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Laura Fish Today’s interview is with Laura Fish. Laura has a Bachelors degree in psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling. You can find out more about her and her coaching and counselling services, based in San Marcos, California, at Laura Fish Therapy. Laura’s background Laura started out 20 years ago as a preschool teacher, then became a mental health consultant for public, private and Head Start early education centres. This included partnering with child welfare and special education departments on behaviour support services for special needs or at-risk children. Fo...

37 min2017 FEB 11
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Attuned Communication instead of Classroom Management? #19

Is Your Classroom an Academically Safe Environment? #18

Is your classroom an academically safe learning environment? Do our kids ever feel embarrassed or hesitant over asking questions, or because they’re struggling with a task, or because other children are ‘better’ than they are? This episode focuses on what we can do to help our kids feel as confident and safe as possible. You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Cult of Pedagogy Podcast This episode is based on Jennifer Gonzalez’s podcast episode called ‘Is Your Classroom Academically Safe? Jennifer runs the hugely successful Cult of Pedagogy podcast which I highly recommend to all educators. Many of her episodes focus on older kids, but there are always principles we can translate into early childhood. I really enjoyed her discussion on academic safety and decided I’d love to take her points and come at them from an early childhood perspective. Don’t worry – I did ask first! Thank you, Jennifer, for giving me permis...

--2016 DEC 11
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Is Your Classroom an Academically Safe Environment? #18

Emergent Writing: Why Children’s Play Choices Affect Learning

Emergent writingis dependent not only on a child’s exposure to literacy activities from birth, but how they engage with those activities on a day-to-day basis. This podcast discusses the four play ‘types’ that researchers have found fit the majority of children and what this means for their learning. You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Last week I had a request regarding emergent writingfrom Sue, who is an Early Years Advisor in Durham in the UK. So today we’re talking about how 2 and 3 year-olds choose to engage with writing materials, and what that tells us about them and their motivations for writing. This is a summary of aresearch paper by Deborah Wells Rowe and Carin Neitzel (the reference is below). What emergent writing activities do children choose? They were asking the question: What writing activities do very young children choose in preschool and why do they make these choices? The point, of course, is t...

14 min2016 SEP 16
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Emergent Writing: Why Children’s Play Choices Affect Learning

9 Ways to Maximize Your Child’s Working Memory #16

Is your child super forgetful and can’t seem to follow instructions? They may have a poor working memory. Working memory is extremely important for learning and this post goes through some ways we can help our kids improve their working memories and function more successfully both at home and at school. You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Firstly, I want to apologise if you’ve been waiting, this episode is a couple of weeks late. Unfortunately, my laptop was stolen on a flight from San Francisco just 2 days before some interviews I had lined up. So that put me into a bit of a technological crisis and we weren’t able to do the interviews. I did run out and buy a new laptop, however, and since the interviews had to be postponed I decided to look further into working memory. Steven, who is an early childhood teacher in Queensland, Australia, reached out through Facebook to ask me to talk about working memory. So that’...

18 min2016 JUL 17
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9 Ways to Maximize Your Child’s Working Memory #16

Is My Classroom Management Approach Ethical? #15

Classroom management is an essential component of every teacher’s life, and most teachers spend a considerable amount of time trying, refining, adapting and experimenting until they feel they have a handle on it. But is our classroom management style effective for creating a smooth, well-functioning classroom but leaving some of our kids out in the cold? You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Dr Clodie Tal Today I’m so pleased to have Dr Clodie Tal who is the Head of the Master’s degree program in Early Childhood Education at the Levinsky College of Teachers’ Education in Tel Aviv, Israel. Clodie’s background * PhD in psychology from Bar-Ilan University, Israel * Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University in the US. * She has been training undergraduate and post-graduate early childhood teachers for a long time and, academically, her special interests include classroom management, teache...

31 min2016 JUN 5
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Is My Classroom Management Approach Ethical? #15

My Child is a Late Talker: What Should I Do? #14

Are you worried that your child is a late talker? That they don’t know as many words as other children their age, or can’t put the words together into a phrase? This post tells you what you can do! You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. What is ‘normal’? Before we start today we need to ask the question, in terms of language development, what is ‘normal’? Firstly, we must keep in mind that there needs to be a fairly wide range to what is considered normal. Comparing your own child directly with another might not be reassuring, and we shouldn’t look around at playgroup, for example, and start rating our kids by intelligence or the number of friends they have, or their ability to paint a masterpiece. Children develop differently, and that’s OK. If we do have concerns we should visit our doctor or other health professional and ask for their opinion. Early intervention is the very best way of helping struggling childr...

16 min2016 MAY 7
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My Child is a Late Talker: What Should I Do? #14

Latest Episodes

Dyslexia and Early Intervention #23

Today’s interview is with dyslexia and early intervention specialist Dr Tim Conway. If you’re looking for ways to ensure young children are given the best early intervention, or just to take the most effective approach towards setting up a solid foundation for reading in the future, this interview is for you! You can listen tothis episodeabove,listen to it on iTunesorStitcher,or read the transcript below. Dr Tim Conway Dr Conway works in the area of neuropsychology, which means understanding how our knowledge, our behaviours and emotions relate to our brain function. He’s done extensive research on dyslexia, since it runs in his family, as well as research on how to use early intervention to successfully help kids, and adults, overcome their learning challenges. You can find out more about Dr Conway’s work and his online tutoring programs by going to The Morris Center or NOW! Programs. Or find him on Facebook at Now! Programs or The Morris Center. Just so you know, this podcast ...

58 min2018 FEB 4
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Dyslexia and Early Intervention #23

Why Dads Should Read to their Kids #22

Why should dads read to their young children? Because research has shown that it’s incredibly beneficial! Today’s podcast episode focuses on why dads can make such great reading partners for their kids. You can listen tothis episodeabove,listen to it on iTunesorStitcher,or read the transcript below. Mums see it as an educational imperative In a study comparing how children’s reading is affected when read to by mums versus dads, Dr Elisabeth Duursma found a strong gender pattern. Mums put more pressure on themselves as parents, they see it more as a job, and they see themselves in competition with other mums. So when mums are reading with their kids they’re approaching it as a teaching exercise, which some call competitive parenting. Dads are chilled and chatty Dads on the other hand are lying on the floor with their kids, and if the kid doesn’t want to read they just let it go. Language development According to research fathers, in general, use a broader vocabulary than mothers...

6 min2017 NOV 15
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Why Dads Should Read to their Kids #22

Concussion in Young Children: What You Need to Know #21

Today we’re chatting with Dr Elizabeth Sandel about concussion in young children. What causes it. What we need to look for and how we can help during the recovery process. There are free posters, helpful links and a video for you to use when you approach this topic with your kids. In the classroom we talk about personal safety and behaving well towards others, so why not expand that to talk about the very real possibility of concussion? You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Please note: some of the graphics used in this post were created BY THE CDC. Who is Dr Sandel? Dr Sandel has specialized in caring for patients with brain injuries for more than 30 years and is board-certified in physical medicine, rehabilitation and brain injury medicine (BIM). She has worked with patients of all ages injured in falls and motor vehicle accidents, as well as athletes, veterans, injured workers, and victims of violent crime. She is cu...

30 min2017 JUL 9
Comments
Concussion in Young Children: What You Need to Know #21

How Scribbling Fast Tracks our Kids #20

Scribbling can have a huge positive impact on a child’s development, not just as a pre-writing skill, but to develop language, reasoning, problem solving and relationships. Learn what researchers have found and how we can optimise that knowledge in our homes and classrooms. There’s also a free download including templates your little ones might like to scribble on! You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. The essential role of scribbling This week I read an interesting paper, published in 2016, about the role that scribbling plays in the development of imagination and cognitive function in young children. The authors are Elizabeth and Andrew Coates from Warwick University in England. The essential role of scribbling in the imaginative and cognitive development of young children. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 2016, Vol. 16(1) 60–83. DOI: 10.1177/1468798415577871 This episode is basically a summary of their paper so ...

13 min2017 APR 13
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How Scribbling Fast Tracks our Kids #20

Attuned Communication instead of Classroom Management? #19

Want to try attuned communication with your kids so you don’t have to rely so much on traditional classroom management techniques? Listen to this interview with Laura Fish, it’s got tons of great advice for building up our kids, giving them confidence and strengthening executive function through conversation! You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Laura Fish Today’s interview is with Laura Fish. Laura has a Bachelors degree in psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling. You can find out more about her and her coaching and counselling services, based in San Marcos, California, at Laura Fish Therapy. Laura’s background Laura started out 20 years ago as a preschool teacher, then became a mental health consultant for public, private and Head Start early education centres. This included partnering with child welfare and special education departments on behaviour support services for special needs or at-risk children. Fo...

37 min2017 FEB 11
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Attuned Communication instead of Classroom Management? #19

Is Your Classroom an Academically Safe Environment? #18

Is your classroom an academically safe learning environment? Do our kids ever feel embarrassed or hesitant over asking questions, or because they’re struggling with a task, or because other children are ‘better’ than they are? This episode focuses on what we can do to help our kids feel as confident and safe as possible. You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Cult of Pedagogy Podcast This episode is based on Jennifer Gonzalez’s podcast episode called ‘Is Your Classroom Academically Safe? Jennifer runs the hugely successful Cult of Pedagogy podcast which I highly recommend to all educators. Many of her episodes focus on older kids, but there are always principles we can translate into early childhood. I really enjoyed her discussion on academic safety and decided I’d love to take her points and come at them from an early childhood perspective. Don’t worry – I did ask first! Thank you, Jennifer, for giving me permis...

--2016 DEC 11
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Is Your Classroom an Academically Safe Environment? #18

Emergent Writing: Why Children’s Play Choices Affect Learning

Emergent writingis dependent not only on a child’s exposure to literacy activities from birth, but how they engage with those activities on a day-to-day basis. This podcast discusses the four play ‘types’ that researchers have found fit the majority of children and what this means for their learning. You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Last week I had a request regarding emergent writingfrom Sue, who is an Early Years Advisor in Durham in the UK. So today we’re talking about how 2 and 3 year-olds choose to engage with writing materials, and what that tells us about them and their motivations for writing. This is a summary of aresearch paper by Deborah Wells Rowe and Carin Neitzel (the reference is below). What emergent writing activities do children choose? They were asking the question: What writing activities do very young children choose in preschool and why do they make these choices? The point, of course, is t...

14 min2016 SEP 16
Comments
Emergent Writing: Why Children’s Play Choices Affect Learning

9 Ways to Maximize Your Child’s Working Memory #16

Is your child super forgetful and can’t seem to follow instructions? They may have a poor working memory. Working memory is extremely important for learning and this post goes through some ways we can help our kids improve their working memories and function more successfully both at home and at school. You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Firstly, I want to apologise if you’ve been waiting, this episode is a couple of weeks late. Unfortunately, my laptop was stolen on a flight from San Francisco just 2 days before some interviews I had lined up. So that put me into a bit of a technological crisis and we weren’t able to do the interviews. I did run out and buy a new laptop, however, and since the interviews had to be postponed I decided to look further into working memory. Steven, who is an early childhood teacher in Queensland, Australia, reached out through Facebook to ask me to talk about working memory. So that’...

18 min2016 JUL 17
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9 Ways to Maximize Your Child’s Working Memory #16

Is My Classroom Management Approach Ethical? #15

Classroom management is an essential component of every teacher’s life, and most teachers spend a considerable amount of time trying, refining, adapting and experimenting until they feel they have a handle on it. But is our classroom management style effective for creating a smooth, well-functioning classroom but leaving some of our kids out in the cold? You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. Dr Clodie Tal Today I’m so pleased to have Dr Clodie Tal who is the Head of the Master’s degree program in Early Childhood Education at the Levinsky College of Teachers’ Education in Tel Aviv, Israel. Clodie’s background * PhD in psychology from Bar-Ilan University, Israel * Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University in the US. * She has been training undergraduate and post-graduate early childhood teachers for a long time and, academically, her special interests include classroom management, teache...

31 min2016 JUN 5
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Is My Classroom Management Approach Ethical? #15

My Child is a Late Talker: What Should I Do? #14

Are you worried that your child is a late talker? That they don’t know as many words as other children their age, or can’t put the words together into a phrase? This post tells you what you can do! You can listen tothis episodeabove, listen to it on iTunesor Stitcher, or read the transcript below. What is ‘normal’? Before we start today we need to ask the question, in terms of language development, what is ‘normal’? Firstly, we must keep in mind that there needs to be a fairly wide range to what is considered normal. Comparing your own child directly with another might not be reassuring, and we shouldn’t look around at playgroup, for example, and start rating our kids by intelligence or the number of friends they have, or their ability to paint a masterpiece. Children develop differently, and that’s OK. If we do have concerns we should visit our doctor or other health professional and ask for their opinion. Early intervention is the very best way of helping struggling childr...

16 min2016 MAY 7
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My Child is a Late Talker: What Should I Do? #14
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