The Parish School Blog

Mar 19, 2019

Helping You Help Children Communicate

It is so important that every member of a child’s treatment team is empowered to support their growth and has the tools to help that child succeed. The Parish School seeks to develop resources for growing the skills of our staff, families and students. The Hanen Centre©, a non-profit organization, shares this goal of helping others to help children communicate. Within the past year, Parish has implemented several programs from the Hanen organization as part of family and staff training. Here are a few of our favorite Hanen strategies parents can try during book reading with their child...
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.