Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung, the weather is inviting and so it is time to get our children outside!!  I like the idea of unplugging–but with all the battery operated technology they maybe need to come up with a new term :)!!  But, of course, the idea is there!!

Mr. Rogers

 

The following post is important to get out to all parents, especially if they have younger children.  Even my 2 1/2 year old grandson loves to play on his parents phone.  I didn’t realize how damaging it could be!!  But I did know it just didn’t seem right.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cris-rowan/10-reasons-why-handheld-devices-should-be-banned_b_4899218.html

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis  www.imagineimprovement.com

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Do Genetics Play a Role in Disabilities?

Wouldn’t it be awesome to wave a magic wand and be able to determine the WHY of ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Tourettes, and a myriad of other conditions?  How about genetics?  Immunizations?  Toxic chemicals?  Processed food?  Truly there are studies on all these possibilities.  And likely some amount of issue from all of them.  But the why doesn’t change the fact.  However

We really can do something about our cognition :)!

We really can do something about our cognition :)!

Interactive Metronome has been shown to help with these and several other diagnosis!  The following link has some good information on the genetics involved.

http://blog.sfgate.com/lshumaker/2014/02/03/the-genetics-of-developmental-disabilities/

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis

www.imagineimprovement.com

Parents, Parenting, and Science!!

world without children
Just became a Grandma again this last month--#7 actually :)!  Made me appreciate my own children and reflect on the importance of children in our lives,  Can't imagine life without them!  Hope you enjoy this fun link: 10 "Scientific" Tips for raising happy kids. Did it makes you smile and want to share it with others? 
http://www.livescience.com/17894-10-scientific-parenting-tips.html 

I am also sharing 5 ways to help parent your special needs child. It has some great simple things to think about.
http://www.specialneeds.com/children-and-parents/general-special-needs/5-things-you-can-do-home-help-your-child-s
 Hoping this IMproves your day, 
Sally Ellis, www.imagineimprovement.com
 

ADHD The Catch 22

Sometimes we just need to hear that ADHD is real and there are real sources to help.  And there are sources other than medication.  For example Interactive Metronome has been shown to make a big difference for children with ADHD.  There are several other modalities that can be significant.  Theses two posts have some great helps, but mostly knowing we aren’t in it alone is rewarding.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-taylorklaus/adhd-debate_b_4571097.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-taylorklaus/adhd-_b_4618252.htm

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis  www.imagineimprovement.com

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Movement, Parenting, ADHD It’s all here!

Today an article for preschool Moms to keep those kids on the move!!  We can’t overs-estimate the importance of motion in overall development!

http://www.theimportanceofbeing0to5years.com/moving-moments/motor-planning-how-we-learn-new-skills/

We all want to be better parents.  The following article has some you already know and a few new ideas  but the bottom line is to have fun and enjoy our children!

 http://www.livescience.com/17894-10-scientific-parenting-tips.html

And 10 concrete, helpful ideas for helping ADHD Kids (and really all kids) be the best they can be!

 

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/01/02/10-strategies-for-helping-kids-with-adhd-build-self-confidence/

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis www.imagineimprovement.com

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

one kind wordWhen you think of the impact a kind word or two can make you truly have to wonder why we don’t say a few more sincere things to others.  My sister who is now deceased was such a joy to be around.  She would go up to complete strangers and compliment them on just little things.  I always envied her her ability to be outgoing and honest.  When I had hung out with her I would find myself being more outgoing and complimentary with others.  It doesn’t some naturally to me, but the positive payoff is rewarding when I do.  The link I’m providing today talks about how to be outgoing to those with handicaps.  Things to do and things not to do.  I hope it gives you food for thought.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-davis-smith/five-things-you-should-kn_ow-about-families-dealing-with-disability_b_4233242.html

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis, www.imagineimprovement.com,  imagineimprovement@gmail.com

Short Day Long Nights Help for Winter

Here is a great article with so many excellent ideas– What I love are the ideas within the ideas.  This article will keep you busy for a while just checking everything out:)!  And then you can have fun implementing what you learn or maybe just hadn’t quite thought about in a particular way.  Enjoy!!

http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/19/8090.html

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis www.imagineimprovement.com