Monday, January 25, 2021

Does Learning Two Languages at the Same Time Cause Speech Problems or Speech Delay?

I grew up in a bilingual household.  My family speaks both English and Cantonese.  I don’t use my Cantonese language as much as I used to anymore.  But I want my daughter Madi and my son George to be fluent in Cantonese. Someone once told me that learning two languages may negatively affect speech development which made me wonder what...

Family Activities During COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected all of us and has placed many restrictions around the activities we enjoy.  With my two children ages 4 and 1 we used to go to indoor playgrounds, have playdates and attend music classes weekly. The increased restrictions with COVID-19 has forced our family to start thinking of more COVID safe outdoor activities.

Guest Post: Understanding and Responding to Biting Toddlers

Biting is a common phase many toddlers go through. It does not mean that your toddler is going to have behavioural problems in the future or that you, as a parent, are doing something wrong. However, it is an important behaviour to address immediately when it starts to happen.  Understand the ‘why’? 

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...

The Importance of Eye Exams for Children

Last week, I assessed a 6 year old girl for recurrent falls. Her parents were concerned their daughter had a neurological condition that could be affecting her balance. The first test I sent her for was an eye exam and it was discovered that she was nearsighted and required glasses. It is recommended that...

Becoming bilingual: How to help your child learn another language?

It is very important to me that Madi and George are able to speak both English and Cantonese. I try my best to speak Cantonese with Madi and George at home, but it's hard as my husband only speaks English. Here are someways a child can learn another language and become bilingual. Becoming bilingual...

Febrile Seizures

Seeing your child have a seizure is one of the scariest things a parent can experience.  A febrile seizure is a seizure (or convulsions) in a child that is caused by a fever.  They occur in 2 to 4% of children under the age of 5, most commonly between 12 to 18 months of age.   How Do I...

How Much Sleep do Babies, Children, Teenagers and Adults Need?

Sleep is important for our overall health, it allows our body and mind to recharge. The amount of sleep that we need changes throughout our lifetime. The National Sleep Foundation has established guidelines for how much sleep babies, toddlers, adolescents and adults should sleep. These are the suggested total sleep requirements by the National Sleep Foundation: Newborn Sleep (0-3 months): 14-17 hours...

Baby Proofing the House

George is an active baby. He is a very speedy crawler and there have been times that he was able to get in a dangerous situation within a matter of seconds. He is also at the phase of putting everything in his mouth. Here are some tips from the Canadian Paediatric Society on how to baby proof:

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...