October 1, 2010Volume 5, Issue 1
GMCAA Help Me Grow Newsletter
Playing with your child is one of themost important ways you can helpfoster
development. Noneed for fancy toys or expensive
equipment. You are your child’s favorite
toy! Playing with your child will grantyou many rewards as your child willemit squeals of laughter and joy, allwhile learning valuable skills.There are a few rules you, as theparent need to know. Safety first! Make
sure toys don’t have pieces that could
come off and be swallowed. Get downon the floor and see what your childmight be able to reach. Do you see anydangling cords or open outlets? Whenyour child starts moving they will beexploring everything. Exploring throughplay is how they learn. Baby proofing
your child’s play areas now will mean a
lot less no-
no’s you will have to say
w your child’s lead. They will tell
you what is interesting to them. Whenyour child sees your reaction in herdiscoveries they will want play moreand more. Remember, playing is theway they learn! Playing with your babyis also a great stress reliever andcreates good memories for the both of you. Play is truly the work of your child.Next, remember your child is unique.Each child develops at his or her ownpace. Your child may have special skills
Your Are Your Child's Favorite Toy
Your Child's Social-Emotional Development
In the first 3 years of your child’s life,
developing important emotional and socialabilities will evolve in small steps makingway for later school success. Abilities suchas showing empathy, giving and receivinglove, making friends, waiting patiently,and enjoying the company of others, andmany more, describe healthy social-emotional development.
or needs. Watch carefully to seewhat your child is trying to do. Helpthem just enough that they manageto reach their objective or if theyhave accomplished the task showthem the next step. Give lots of praise and celebrate when your childaccomplishes the objective. You willbe rewarded with big smiles and lotsof baby talk.The benefits of parent and child playare enormous. As you talk to yourchild they learn the sounds of wordsand the rhythm of language. Eyecontact and back and forthconversation fosters communicationskills. Cause and effect is discoveredwhen your child copies your exampleand they too make the toy work.Your child perfects hand and eyecoordination as he reaches for theobject in your hand. They see colors,feel textures, smell different smellsand even taste the object, allowingall his senses to develop.
Help Me Grow can assist you as aparent, to develop these all importantskills in your child. Help Me Growutilizes the research based Parent's AsTeachers curriculum and severalscreening and assessment tools to seeif your child is developing at a normalrate. If a problem is found Help MeGrow can help you find the resourcesfor assistance in helping your childcatch up to their peers. If you have
concerns about your child’s
development, you may want to consult
with the child’s Health Care Provider
and/or contact Help Me Grow at 740-992-5266.
GMCAA Executive Director, Tom ReedGMCAA Planner/Help Me Grow Director, Teresa Varian
The following dates aretentative. Please check for cancellations and changes.Please call 992-5266 and register if you will beattending any of theactivities!
Trick or Treat atOverbrookMonday, October 25th @2:00pm. Call to register
Make it and Take it CraftDay November 17
10amto 11:30amGMCAA closed November25
December 17th 2010
Breakfast with Santa atRio Grande UniversityMeeting Room 10:00 am -12:00pm. Call to register.