About Communication Skills, Language Development, Technology & Autism

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If I were to boast of my specialties, I’d say I’m forever thankful to my parents for raising me into a woman with great communication skills. This special talent has helped me a lot in different areas of life and has taken me to wondrous places. Being able to express myself well and get my point across in dealings always helped me have what I want – it kept me happy.

This is why I want my child to be as good as I, or even better, when it comes to communicating with others. You too, right? Fortunately, there are now many smart devices available in the Philippine market proven to help kiddies develop good communications skills, even those with autism. These modern tools can serve as great aid for kiddies’ social development along with positive interactions.

Interactions Kiddies Need

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According to Nicole Gardner-Neblett and Kathleen Cranley Gallagher, researchers at the UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, “The interactions children have with adults influence early brain growth and learning, giving early childhood educators a crucial opportunity to provide children with interactions that can support language and communication.”

With this, you should understand the importance of your kiddie’s interactions with early childhood educators. Unless you homeschool your child, make sure that the school where you enroll them at teaches how to express oneself through gestures and facial expressions. Your kiddies need to learn how to understand others, most importantly.

Kathleen Gallagher added, “When teachers provide children with higher levels of language stimulation during the first years of life, children in turn have better language skills.”When teachers ask children questions, respond to their vocalizations, and engage in other positive talk, children learn and use more words.”

Keep these in mind before you choose a school for your little one. Take time to know the teachers and check their syllabus. In a polite way, ask how they facilitate interactions, if they prioritize language and social development, and some of the educational tools they use.

Autism and Smart Devices

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Language development is different when it comes to kiddies with special needs. Expressing oneself and engaging with others might be difficult for most autistic children. Fortunately, a recent Canadian research suggested that smart technologies such as touch devices may serve as therapeutic tools for these kiddies.

According to Rhonda McEwen, assistant professor of Communication Culture and Information Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga in Ontario, “Using the touch devices, the study participants demonstrated knowledge gathered throughout their education that could not be elicited via traditional assessment means that rely on verbal communication.”

The professor added how the use of smart devices resulted to peer-to-peer social interaction among participants. Parents of autistic kiddies attested to how much their children enjoy using these technologies. Autism experts, on the other hand, acclaimed the effort to unlock technology’s potential.

As parents, we all want success for our kiddies. We want them to reach places and achieve their most impossible goals in life, through excellent communications skills. This is why we should be responsible in doing our part as their first teachers and in choosing a good institution for their primary education. Especially for parents of kiddies with more delicate needs, we have to make the most of what technology offers today. There are many kiddie tablets sold in the market that serve as effectively educational and engaging aids for learning, for children of all ages.

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How Technology in the Classroom Defines Good Learning Experience for Kiddies

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Last week, I visited my dentist who’s also a close friend and heard her discuss with her kiddies the new policy in their school. “No more notebooks, just laptops,” said her daughter. Considering how we depend on gadgets today, I still got surprised that this is now a thing. But come to think of it parents, how has technology changed the lives of today’s students, really?

The Internet used to be limited in both what it could do and who can use it. Not everyone had a clue what it was after hearing about its invention. Today, teachers and students probably could not push through a lesson without it. In just a short time, the Internet became an integral part of every student’s life. The use of technology even became the standard for good learning.

Good learning defined

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According to some resources on the web, good learning involves kiddies enjoying what they do and having a say on how their learning develops. Also, it should give room for feedback, in which the students can raise their need for further explanations. It has to allow students to apply skills and knowledge to different situations using various methodologies as well. Moreover, it should be visually motivating, challenging, involving practical lessons, and giving room for creativity.

Technology also helps in the learning process of kids at home. There are various products available in the market, from e-learning tablets for young ones, down to tech products for older students.

With the things mentioned above, you can say using technology to teach kiddies in schools truly defines good learning. Here’s how schools integrate technology for children:

Research

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This is the primary reason students use the Internet in education. There is a wealth of info open to students, even those obscure topics required for research in the library. In China, for example, the site Lecture Outline Series for the History of China, allows students to research directly off this page and present their findings.

These websites serve as knowledge banks where student can get information instantly. You see how efficient studying would be if your kiddies have their own laptop or tablet? They can research on their “digital library”, find answers fast, and accomplish more school tasks than they could with the help of the traditional library.

One concern, however, is the quality of information found online. It is important that teachers help students identify credible resources. As parents, teach this to your kiddies, as this is something they will do until they grow up and get promoted to higher education level. Next is citation. Your children have to understand the seriousness of using one’s idea even if it was posted on the web. Introduce to them how to make citations and give authors the credit they deserve.

Simulation

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Simulation in the classroom has been uncommon despite many teachers’ reports on how kiddies of the new generation enjoy online work and simulated activities. Technology in the form of e-learning products available in the market effectively helps children learn about collaboration, group work, real-life problem solving, decision-making, and the like. What simulation offers is a somewhat risk-free environment, in which learners can experiment, make mistakes, rethink, and redesign — all without the fear of destroying something that can’t be easily refilled in a traditional setting.

Online Assessments

Teachers also benefit greatly from today’s technology. Effortlessly, they can create their own tests online on their own website. Students, on the other hand, will benefit from the convenience they get when answering exams now than before. They can even do it wherever they are. To top it off, checking can now be done in no time, as well as the computation of grades and updating of class record.

Now you see the convenience and overall improvement brought about by technology in the classroom. Indeed, it makes things easier and more precise for everyone. Technology in the classroom defines good learning experience, as it allows students to experiment, rethink, and remake without the fear of destroying something indispensable.

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Successful Homeschooling: What It Takes

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Homeschooling requires four basic things: time, temperament, resources, and passion. If you’re thinking of homeschooling your child this school year, make sure that you have a lasting supply of these. There are also a lot of decisions to make, which can be overwhelming. But still, nothing is too difficult to do with enough knowledge and preparation, right?

Just follow this step-by-step guideline that covers everything you should know before taking charge of your kiddie’s education. Same with doing any other project, it starts with research and investigation, and ends with noting the common pitfalls.

Research on options

images (3)You’ll be presented options according to your kiddie’s age and education level – early education (Kinder 1 & 2), Grade School, or High School. Institutions like VCIS Homestudy, for instance, offers electives, foreign languages, and Bible studies other than local subjects. This month is the best time for you to research and prepare, as school term is ending on March.

Get ideas from the web and printed resources, visit libraries, and speak with other parents who homeschool their child. As you do this, you’d realize if you’re making the right decision and whether or not it’s good for your entire family. To know more about homeschooling and open universities in the philippines, click here.

Know the requirements

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Homeschooling is legal in the Philippines and is accredited by DepEd. There are actually no requirements to submit to the government when you decide to homeschool your kid. What you should know, however, is how to get DepEd accreditation when you finally decide to enroll your child in a regular school. As the legal compulsory age for school attendance is 6 to 12 years, some parents seek accreditation only when their kids begin grade school. Others only do so upon transferring their kiddies to regular schools.

To get started on your homeschooling program for your kiddie, research the homeschool programs with DepEd accreditation as you visit this link. Your child should take exams such as the Philippine Validating Test (PVT) or those offered at the Center for Educational Measurement Inc. (CEM) to get assessed.

After choosing a particular homeschooling institution, coordinate with them regarding the list of their requirements. Ask if there are records to maintain, reports to submit, and other tests to take.

Decide on the curriculum

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Curricula are bought directly from the homeschooling institution. It normally comes with a list of text and workbooks that teach about reading, writing, and arithmetic. As mentioned in the options part, some institutions offer foreign languages and electives other than the local subjects for grade school and high school children. You can also buy materials catering to different child interests as you attend conventions and curriculum fairs that showcase various homeschool publications.

List specific goals

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After prepping a homeschooling space in your house, write a list of what you want to accomplish. This will vary according to your child’s age and edicational level. There are many things to consider other than the academics, such as your kiddie’s physical activity, socialization with other kids, and extracurricular activities. Talk with other parents to get ideas, visit your local community center, and refer to printed ads and listings.

Make a personal schedule

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Create a plan that specifically meets the goals you listed above. This will help you keep things organized and focus on your mission. Find a book that will help you make a detailed homeschooling schedule to get started. Break up the schedule to each academic subject you want to work on.

Decide also on how you hope to break up the learning week by week. There should be field trips and visits to the library. Never forget you can adapt your schedule to your kiddie’s needs, as flexibility is the primary reason you considered homeschooling.

Note the common pitfalls

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Take the time you need to understand the issues that often discourage beginners, which you’ll learn about by joining a support group. Examples are committing to a curriculum too early and purchasing a costly package that doesn’t suit your kiddie’s learning style.

Despite all the pitfalls mentioned above, remember that you’ll learn as you go. Adjustment to the freedom and flexibility are among the challenges you’ll have to face. You’ll be defining yourself as you go along homeschooling your kiddie. Drop the worries and take the time you need to ensure success in this parenthood project.

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