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Category: Child Development

Parent Talks Podcast: Understanding Early Support for Infants and Toddlers

April 29, 2024  |  Parent Talks Podcast, Child Development, Pediatric Therapy  |  By Encompass

Serving children and families from birth to age 3, Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) is the Washington State program designed to be the first point of contact for families concerned about their child’s development. Whether it’s speech, motor, feeding, sleep, behavioral, social, or other developmental concerns, our ESIT team employs a collaborative caregiver-coaching […]

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The Journey of Articulation Development

February 21, 2024  |  Child Development  |  By Grace G., MEd, CCC-SLP

We all love the levity that comes from children mispronouncing common words or names, but when should parents be concerned about how their child is using speech sounds? This article aims to clarify the typical trajectory of speech-sound development in children and guide parents on when it might be appropriate to seek additional support. We […]

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Why Spitting is Important

November 2, 2022  |  Child Development  |  By Autumn Howard, MA, CCC-SLP

Spitting is a behavior that many parents want to distinguish as soon as it starts. It feels messy and unsanitary. However, from a feeding perspective, it is a developmental skill that is important for felt safety around food. For kids who have feeding difficulties, it can be scary to eat new and unfamiliar foods. Our […]

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Mindful Screen Time

September 15, 2022  |  Child Development  |  By Emily Arkus, MS, IMH-E

It’s not just about length of time.  Most caregivers are familiar with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ screentime recommendations of 1 hour a day for a child 2-5 years old and no screentime for children under 18 months. Yet we know and understand that many parents have the TV on for their children for a […]

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Nature Art

August 10, 2022  |  Child Development, Play  |  By Sandra "Sam" Sinanan

Get creative – outside!  I have created and enjoyed art for as long as I can remember, from painting with mud as a young child to painting and making pottery as an adult. Not only is art fun, but there are also numerous developmental benefits for young children. It starts with exploration – touching and […]

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Childhood Vaccines – Answers for Tough Questions

December 14, 2021  |  Parent Talks Podcast, Child Development  |  By Encompass

When parents are making decisions about early childhood vaccinations, how do they know who and what to trust? Dr. Neeta Jain, a pediatrician with Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, answers the questions that so many parents have about this very important aspect of their child’s development. Resources: The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQ NPR: Some parents […]

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