Monday, October 14, 2019

Guest Post: Preparing Your Older Child for a New Baby

Our daughter Madi has been the center of my husband's and my life since the day she was born. Our family, friends and nanny have commented about the significant adjustment that Madi will have once our baby boy arrives. I asked a friend and colleague Dr. Sarah Nunes, who is a mother...

Myths about speech delay in children

Myth #1: Boys take longer to develop speech than girls. Fact: Speech and language development occurs at similar rates in boys compared to girls, typically before the age of 3 years old.  Myth #2: It is normal for boys to have a delay in language. Fact: Language delay should...

Tips for children with speech and language delay

Dr. Mom blog explores tips for children with speech and language delay
When Madi was 15 months old, we were at a playground and we met a little girl who was 16 months old. This little girl was speaking at a very advanced level!  Meeting this little girl made me worried that Madi’s speech and language development were behind.  I began to frantically try to teach Madi new words;...

Becoming bilingual: How to help your child learn another language

Dr. Mom blog explores how to help your child learn another language and become bilingual
It is very important to me that Madi is able to speak both English and Cantonese. I try my best to speak Cantonese with her at home. Sometimes it can be tricky because my husband only speaks English. There are several ways that a child can learn another language and become bilingual. Becoming bilingual...

How common is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and why is it important to treat?

Dr. Mom blog explores how common is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and why is it important to treat
It is not uncommon in my medical practice to hear patients say, “Back in my day, we didn’t have all this ADHD stuff.” But how common is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)? The fact is that ADHD (formerly known as ADD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder among children in North America.   As a physician, I am...

Does learning 2 languages at the same time cause speech problems or speech delay?

Dr. Mom blog explores if learning 2 languages at the same time result in speech delay or speech problems
Growing up, I was fluent in Cantonese.  Unfortunately my Cantonese vocabulary has slowly diminished. I try to speak Cantonese as often as I can to Madi, but find myself speaking in English again, It is very important to me that Madi be fluent in both English and Cantonese because of our heritage. But what does the evidence...

How can temper tantrums teach your child to regulate emotions and manage anxiety

Emotions and anxiety are normal human experiences that can be helpful in some situations (like the intense joy I experienced when I found out I was pregnant with Madi) and unhelpful in other situations (like the frustrations that I feel when Madi won’t eat her dinner).  I think most of us with children have experienced some epic temper...

Helping your child learn to read will help with language development and academic abilities

Child development of language and literacy abilities (the ability to talk, read and write) occurs in stages over time.  It includes developing oral language, reading comprehension, writing, and spelling skills.  Developing language and literacy skills is an ongoing process, and it is normal for children to develop these skills in stages, at different ages, and in different ways.  Studies have shown that reading kids...

Early intervention is key for treating developmental disabilities and global developmental delay

According to the medical literature, an estimated 15% of children in the United States have at least one developmental delay with the most common being speech and language.  Developmental delay is important to recognize and address early.    When your child is young and still growing, doctors will often check up on their developmental milestones to make sure...

What to Expect from your 6 Month Old Baby: Developmental Milestones and Baby Development

We probably took the most pictures of Madi as an infant when she was 6 months old. Madi was able to sit upright without support at 6 months, so Graeme and I could not stop taking photos of her looking adorable sitting independently. We took her with us to France when she was a 6 month old...