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Today’s Kids In Motion: Upfront

Today's Kid's in Motion offers the latest news tidbits for parents and caregivers.

What’s an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?

Back to school can be a scary time for both kids and parents. More popular than ever, IEPs help with goals and accommodation for your child’s education, support services and supplementary aids. If you think your child would benefit from an IEP, contact the school to conduct an evaluation based on performance, function and inclusion.

Afraid of monsters?

He’s thinking: Anything could be lurking under my bed, waiting to hurt me. “Toddlers have vivid imaginations that conjure up monsters in dark corners, shadows, or clouds,” says Dr. Ayelet Talmi. Take concerns seriously and help your child prevent monster visits. After checking under the bed, in the closet, and in corners for existing monsters, Dr. Talmi suggests filling a spray bottle with water and ensuring your child that new monsters can’t hurt him once he’s sprayed the room. Tack a “No Monsters Allowed” sign to his door for good measure.

Apps for kids

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen Laugh with Cookie
Monster in this silly game that encourages language development. $3.99, iTunes.

Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer
Play with Jet and his friends as they explore the solar system, learn about planets and much more. Free, Google Play.

Monster Math 2
Best for kids in grades 1 to 5, this app uses different monsters
to help kids develop their math skills. Free, iTunes.

Get up and go!

It can be motivating for kids to stay active. Enthusiasm coming from friends and family often encourages resistant kids to stay on track. Experts suggest clearly discussing the plan with your child and scheduling specific days for activities so they get used to a routine. Make it fun and use encouragement like, “I’m so proud of you!” when they do well.

Swim safe, not sorry

Almost half of all parents believe they can supervise their
children without constantly watching them but 58% of
children who drown from immersion are not with an
adult at the time.
• Always keep an eye on your kids when they’re around water.
• Swimming with a buddy is not enough to prevent drowning.
• Use lifejackets and personal floatation devices at all times.
Source: Canadian Red Cross

Gluten-free apple cookies

This healthy version of the beloved
chocolate chip cookie is both nutritious
and delicious.
• 1 apple
• 2 tbsp peanut butter
• 1 bag chocolate chips
• 1 bag coconut shreds
• 1 bag pecans
Slice an apple into thin “cookies,” spread on some peanut butter and sprinkle with the rest of the toppings. So easy and so yummy!

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