Is My Pre-Schooler Gifted?

  Do you think that your bright, curious, highly verbal and capable pre-schooler could be gifted? Kids First psychologist, Kim Shortridge, has years of experience testing and identifying children who are gifted and says that many parents what to know about their 4 or 5 year old’s talents so that they can make appropriate school […]

How to teach your kids to share

  Sharing is a concept that many young children find difficult to master, and it’s especially tough for children aged under 6. This is because, developmentally, children aged under 6 are usually still concrete learners who find abstract ideas tricky to understand. While an ideal world would be one in which all children played happily […]

Helping Your Autistic Child Learn to Make Friends

  As a parent it is normal to worry about your child’s development and whether they are progressing toward a happy and functional adulthood. If your child is on the autism spectrum, you know that he may have a few more hurdles to get past than other children. One of the biggest difficulties facing children […]

Literacy Readiness for Kindergarten

  It’s an exciting time. Your child is growing up and will soon be entering kindergarten. You are looking forward to watching them learn, but you have a little trepidation. You wonder if they have all the skills they need to be successful beginning readers. Is there anything that you can do to help them succeed? Yes! […]

Top tips for your child’s first day at school

  The first day of school is one that you and your child have possibly been looking forward to for a long time. But starting school isn’t always as easy as it may seem, so here are some top tips from teachers to help you and your child make a happy and memorable start to […]

9 easy ways to get your child ready for Kindergarten

  School readiness skills are important for all four and five year olds. Some children take time to learn routines. When your child knows what to expect, he or she will have confidence, feel more independent and the transition into a new environment will be easier for everyone. What to do Over the Holidays Getting […]

School Readiness: Which months are most important for your preschooler?

  As any preschool teacher or early educator will tell you, the end of the year is a busy time for the families of 4 and 5 year olds. If your child is going to school next year, October to January is full of all kinds of school readiness activities. You’re heading off to orientation […]

Kids with ADHD: How Occupational Therapy can help

  Do you have a child you know is bright, yet he or she can’t seem to pay attention long enough in school to excel? Do teachers tell you your child is not completing homework assignments, is making careless mistakes, or acts impulsively in the classroom? At home, is your child extremely fidgety and rarely […]