It might be a little early to be thinking of Halloween but remember that we are closed next week for half term.
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
One of our staff has just been on a speech and language course and was given some information about dummies which we thought we would share with you in case it was of use...
- Incorrect positioning of teeth so that the bottom and top teeth at the front don't meet properly
- Tooth decay (especially the front teeth) if the dummy is dipped into sweet things
- Your child may tend to breathe through their mouth rather than their nose. This is often linked to long-term dribbling
Speech and language problems:
- Your child may not use the full range of tongue movements that are necessary for making all the speech sound
- Your child has fewer opportunities to babble and use sounds to communicate with you
- Don't let a dummy become a habit
- Use it at set times - when cross & tired or settling down to sleep
- Never dip a dummy in drinks, honey, jam etc - this leads to teeth becoming rotten and decayed
- Wait until your child needs the dummy rather than automatically giving it to them
Ideas that parents have tried:
- Give the dummy/bottle to Santa.
- Swap the dummy/bottle for a gift/cuddly toy/new toothbrush.
- Pretend to give the dummy/bottle to a friend's baby.
- Get the child to throw the dummy/bottle in the bin.
- Hand the dummy/bottle to your local speech and language therapist who will give your child a sticker or picture to colour in.
Thursday, 15 October 2015
This really simple activity has been a great success this week with the children. The staff made some pegs with different numbers and colours on them and some laminated card for the children to stick them on. It can be used to match numbers colours and shapes and more importantly is quite good fun.