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Ages + Stages

These posts address issues related to issues children usually face in specific stages of life, (newborns, infants, toddlers, preschool, tweens, and teens), as well as developmental and behavioral changes and challenges that pop up along the way.

Hitting Language Development Milestones: Stop Stressing and Start Talking!

By April 6, 2015 1 Comment
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  “Why is Christopher not saying anything yet when Abigail couldn’t stop talking at that age?” I hear this type of question often when working with parents on their children’s language development plans. Their thinking is not unusual – society has placed expectations on when it’s developmentally appropriate for children to communicate. Parents often worry […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Does HPV Vaccine Gardasil Really Have A Dark Side?

By February 9, 2015 No Comments
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In their story on the purported devastating side-effects of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, the Toronto Star’s David Bruser and Jesse McLean buried the lead. In both the print and video amplifier, the message “in the cases discussed in this story, it is the opinion of a doctor or patient that a particular drug has caused […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Tweens + Teens


What’s Up With That? Can Parents Really Tell Their Child’s Cry from Other Children’s?

By January 29, 2015 1 Comment
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The Scene: One rainy Saturday I decided to take my newly minted toddler to a large indoor play area, as did apparently every other parent in the area. The sound was cacophonous, music playing in the background, children giggling, squealing, crying, calling for their friends and parents, I struggled to hear the mother next to […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting