The Parish School Blog

Apr 3, 2018

Know before you go: Advice for Parents who have concerns about ASD for their child

About 1 in 68 children in the United States has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by age 8 (1 in 42 boys, 1 in 189 girls)1, making it one of the most common childhood developmental disorders. Yet it can sometimes be confusing or difficult for parents or other caregivers to know what to do if they suspect their child may have ASD, and what to expect from an evaluation. The following information can help...
Jan 31, 2018

Finding your Inner Child: Tips for Supporting Engagement and Learning Through Play

Play is a child’s natural state. It is through play that a child works through their emotions and learns language, fine and gross motor skills, social language and academic concepts. Research shows that children absorb even more when engaged in play with an adult. However, playing may feel unnatural and like hard work for parents. With these tips, even the most serious adult will be able to find their inner child!
Oct 3, 2017

Communication: Building a Solid Foundation for School Success

Parents and caregivers have many questions about how to best prepare their young child for school success. Knowing that children who have communication delays are at greater risk for future reading and writing difficulties, it’s wise to consider what we can do now to build a solid foundation for future learning. While many promote flashcards, workbooks, and educational computer games as the answer to school readiness, longstanding child development research provides a different solution – communication.
Aug 23, 2017

Oh, the many ways to play!

The word 'play' can bring up the image of a large variety of activities. Each stage of playing, learning and discovering has a purpose in a child's development. It's important to be aware that there are different ways to "play" and have a basic understanding of where your child is at in their development.