Q. I want to raise bilingual children. Do I have to understand the second language my child is learning?
A. No, parents are not required to understand the language their child is learning. The program is designed for each student to grow in their use of a second language through the interaction with native speakers from around the world. We, of course, welcome any parents that would like to learn the language with their children! Investing in language education is a wonderful and bold move, knowing that there is a growing need for a multilingual workforce in their future! Using online programs like ours, you do not have to uproot your family and move to another country to learn a second language; learning comes directly to your home, office or on the go!
Amalia Torres \ Happy and Bilingual School www.happyandbilingual.com
Q. Why is ABA the most recognized therapy for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum?
A. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidenced-based therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. Therapists have used ABA to help children with autism and related developmental disorders since the early 1960s. Behavior analysis helps us to understand how behavior works, how behavior is affected by the environment, and how learning takes place. ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works to real situations. The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning. ABA therapy programs can help increase language and communication skills; improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics; and decrease problem/harmful behaviors. A qualified behavior analyst designs, oversees and customizes the therapy program to each learner’s needs.
Kelly Walker \ Clinical Director Behavioral Innovations www.behavioral-innovations.com
Q. How do you choose the best summer camp for your child?
A. Choosing a camp can be an extensive process filled with price and activity comparisons and the ever present “is my child ready” question. As a mom of past campers and a current camp director, I encourage parents to take some time for research and consider their kids’ point of view. Is there a new skill they want to develop or a specific area you want them to grow in? With a better understanding of your child’s hopes and expectations, you can narrow down the list of potential destinations. Consider the long-term effects camp will have on your child in areas such as independence and developing crucial life skills to choose a place they will thrive.
Trish Barnes \ Executive Women’s Director \ www.kanakuk.com
Q. Where do children learn the ‘fear of missing out’? How can the climate at home relieve this fear?
A. FOMO (fear of missing out) is nothing new. Social psychologists have long documented our desire to be affiliated with other people. Studies have supported that infants as young as eight weeks have the desire to engage socially with others. Today, FOMO is typically attributed to the prevalence of social media. Prior to Facebook, the opportunities for social comparison were limited to the playground or the PTA meeting. Now, parents have unprecedented access to the activities and accomplishments of families in their social circle. Thought leaders in the FOMO-sphere recommend mindfulness practices as well as gratitude journals to help us focus on what we have. With age comes the understanding that “there’s always more to do.” Seraphina’s Dad helped her understand that balance.
Melissa Gratias, Ph.D. \ International speaker, coaching and consulting, blogger, and author \ melissagratias.com