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Best Child Care Services For Your Child

Child care services provide caring for kids in different ways and these include care at their home or babysitting, in an organized child care center, and in a providers home.

There are two main types of services:

1) Center-based and family-based which are provided by persons paid to do these jobs such as pre-school teachers, nannies or babysitters.

2) Caregivers

The most common and convenient child care service is babysitting which is an occasional temporary care during the absence of the childs parents. If the kid is at least three years old, many parents enroll them in pre-schools or in day care centers. However, there are also several day care centers which admit infants and toddlers ages one or two especially in centers and services provided by the parents company or within the building of a parents working place.

The first two things which you need to consider are the amount you can afford to pay and your childs safety. You need to consider other things apart from these two. These are the following:

* Convenience: While choosing day care services, you need to take into consideration the location too. If you are comfortable with it, you need to find about the hours they are willing to care for your child and whether those hours work well around your own working schedule.

* Safety: You can find out how safe the day care service is by checking its licensing. You can also talk to the person in charge and ensure that all the day care providers know how to handle emergencies and are well trained in first aid and CPR. If you want to double check, you then ask for references.

* Staff: Since children require individual attention, find out if there are enough staff members to take care for the number of the children which come to the day care service.

* Facilities: When you visit the day care service, look around and see if they have an outside area where the children can play and if that area is shaded and has enough material and equipment. Inspect the equipment to find out whether they are in good condition and whether children can reach them.

* Programs: Before you make your decision, ask for timetable as this will give you information about your childs daily routine. If you are interested, you could also enquire about whether parents can be involved in providing and planning the program.

* Transportation: Find out if the day care service has transportation. If they do, ask what their policy is regarding infants. Ask to see the vehicle they use for transportation and while doing so, make sure that car seats and car belts are available.

* Nutrition: If you have an infant, ask about who will provide the baby food and formula and when and how the baby will be fed.

* Pre-Academics: If you have a preschooler, find out about the curriculum the day care service has.

Support Services for Emotionally Impaired Special Needs Students: Autism, Tourette’s and Asperger Syndrome

Do you know a child with autism, Asperger Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome or other emotional impairment? Special needs children require special assistance and understanding. If you or someone you love has autism, Asperger Syndrome or Tourette’s Syndrome, they need and are entitled to special services. Whether you parent, teach or care for a special needs child with autism, Asperger or Tourette’s you need and deserve support and help.

Knowledge is power and also builds compassion. Sadly, the autistic, Asperger or Tourette’s Syndrome child is often ridiculed, wrongly disciplined or avoided. This is due to fear and misunderstanding. Autistic, Asperger and Tourette’s children usually talk different, act different and display emotions differently. Let’s explore ways to understand our autistic, Asperger and Tourette’s children. We will do this in the same way a scientist explores new data — by asking six fundamental questions.

WHAT: If you suspect that a child may have autism, Asperger or Tourette’s Syndrome, visit a pediatrician. What do these conditions look like? Discuss your concerns. Ask to be referred to a neurologist, psychologist or other specialist.

WHO: Now that we understand ‘what’ we consider special needs, we can consider ‘who’ — both who has special needs and who we can approach for help. When people study a special need, it is not uncommon to start looking for that special need in everyone that they know. (Your author did this, to the annoyance of the family!) But it is important to pay attention to signals. Here are several ways to identify signals:

- Know the family risks; are there conditions that ‘run in the family’?

- Know the family history; What is the home life like? It’s about awareness, not shame.

- Watch the child’s development and behavior.

- Ask pediatricians and family practice nurses, health department officials, and the child’s teacher or care-giver. Use the internet to ask questions. Check out the resources at the end of the article.

When? It is never to early to explore concerns, especially when it is your own child. Genetic counseling can help you prepare for issues based on your family history. If you have concerns, don’t panic. Do ask and read and research until you get the answers that you need.

Where? Talk to professionals. Get specific information about your child’s condition. DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is a huge compendium of detailed information. Read literature published by respected sources. Check internet resources. Connect with other parents whose children have similar conditions. Seek out a support group from the websites listed. Talk with teachers and school officials. Schools get special funding to help special needs children. The Family Independence Agency (FIA) are usually very good resources. You will need your physician’s verification of condition to receive special services. But if your child has a special need, you are entitled to assistance. Get all the help you can for your child and for yourself. You need and deserve it. If you have problems getting services, find care-givers who will help you. You are your child’s best advocate. I can’t overemphasize the need for a support group. If you can’t find one, start one.

Why? You can’t care for a special needs child alone and you shouldn’t have to. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help and take it.

Here are some internet resources to get you started.

National Autism Association

Tourette’s- Disorder

Asperger Syndrome

Support Group Directory

I wish you all the best for your special needs child.

National Public Education Campaign Under Way to Reduce Underage Drinking Substance Abuse and Mental Health Health Services Administration

A new national effort to encourage parents to speak with their children about this critical problem is under way. Some people find it hard to believe that by the time they reach eighth grade, 41 percent of adolescents have had at least one drink, and almost 20 percent report having been drunk. It’s also a fact that adults who had first used alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to report dependence on or abuse of alcohol than adults who first used it at age 21 or older. In addition to its negative impact on health, alcohol use among youth is strongly correlated with violence, risky sexual behavior, poor academic performance, driving incidents and other harmful behaviors.

Yet many parents do not see drinking as a top-of-mind issue. To help bring this issue to the forefront, a new campaign is encouraging parents to speak with their children about the negative effects of alcohol to delay the onset of, and ultimately to prevent, underage drinking.

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The campaign, developed in partnership with the Ad Council, is aimed at the parents of middle schoolers, particularly those whose children have not started drinking. Parents need to realize they have more influence over their children than they may know. Sure, kids spend a lot of time with friends, television, music, magazines and the Web. But they are also tuned in to what their parents say and do. Parents’ disapproval of underage alcohol use is one of the key reasons youths choose not to drink. Underage drinking is not inevitable.

For too long underage drinking has been accepted as a rite of passage. Far too many young people, along with their friends and families, have paid the price. Any use of alcohol for teens involves risk-any use, not just binge drinking or drinking and driving. Alcohol can affect the developing adolescent brain. And we’ve learned the earlier a person is introduced to alcohol, the greater the chances are that that person will develop an alcohol problem in his or her youth and/or adulthood.

We must change attitudes toward teen drinking from acceptance to abstinence and recognize the importance of parents talking to their children early and often about alcohol, especially before they’ve started drinking. We must replace an environment that all too often enables underage alcohol use with an environment that discourages it.

Children need information to make good decisions. Don’t wait until a problem arises to talk with them about drinking alcohol. Be sure to talk with them about the law, how alcohol affects the body, and how peer pressure can sometimes make it difficult to do the right thing. Discuss your personal beliefs with your children. Sharing your values and family history regarding alcohol helps create an environment of trust and understanding.

Get involved in your community and your child’s school.

By: Adam Johnes

Hygiene And Services

Recently, I went for a reflexology as I have done many times before.  However, that evening when I was playing with my children, my wife noticed some red spots on both my legs.  When I went to the doctor, I was told that it was due to some virus and luckily it was easy to cure with some antibiotic cream.

I suspect the virus may have come from the reflexologist - probably from the cream that he was using to perform the massage.

Barber/Hairstylist

I thought of all the other services I took for granted and wondered what else I could catch from them.  The barber/hairstylist.  How clean are their equipments?    I was advised to make sure that the hairstylist change the blade used to shave.  But what about the scissors, comb and other equipments they used.  How about the chairs.  

It is possible to get mites, HIV, H1N1 in these places.  For H1N1, we are told that the viruses can stay alive for 24 hours. 

Hotels

We go to a hotel, gym or massage parlor and lay on their bed.  How clean are the towels, bed and the bedsheets?  Many times, we see the stains all over them.  Who knows how old or fresh those stains are.

Taxi/Buses

Who sat on the seat before you?  Maybe the person who sat before you had an accident and peed or pooh in their pants and more likely stained through their clothes on to the seat. 

Grocers/Suppliers

Nowadays fruits and vegetables in the supermarket looks very fresh.  This is because of the pesticides used or even the wax that makes your apple look fresh.  

I was told that some of the pesticides used for the vegetables absorbs into the vegetables and will stay in the plant for at least 2 weeks.  If the vegetable is harvested in less than two weeks than most likely the vegetable will be sold with those pesticides in them.  No amount of washing will remove the pesticide so when we eat, we will be eating the poison.

Packaged food

A few years back, I bought crispy.  This is a chocolate bar with rice crispy in it that makes it crunchy.  I used to love it.  However, after one bite, I could see some crawling maggot from the chocolate bar.  I threw the bar immediately.  

Needless to say, I have stayed away from it since.  I wonder how hygienic are the production processes for all the products we consume daily.

Restaurants/Coffee shops
Even the food that is prepared for us by hawkers or in the restaurants.  A friend of mine swore off chicken rice after she saw how the chicken was prepared.  After it was roasted, the chicken is left to hang near a very dirty drain.

There was also the curry fish.  The fish is fried so it will be crispy.  If the restaurant is unable to sell it for the day, they can then fry it again the following day.  The curry can then be used cover the taste to most of the customers.

Unfortunately, we still do not have much choice, we are still using all the services but do not know how save they are.  I really don’t know what to do.