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Doctor insights on: Do Children In Bilingual Families Start Talking Later Than Other Kids

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Do children in bilingual families start talking later than other kids?

Do children in bilingual families start talking later than other kids?

Yes: The bulilding blocks of multilingual children are consistency and exposure. A tv show in another language will not teach the baby nearly as much as a parent exploring the language and the world attached to it with the baby. Babies are keen listeners and can make out and pick up different sounds. We as adults "tune out" sounds that are linguistically of no use to us. ...Read more

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Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Not That I am Aware: Speech delay is related to immaturity of expressive language development and the part of the brain that controls that function. Mutism behavior is unrelated as far as i know. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are families typically effective when both parents work & kids grow up in day care?

I'm wondering are families typically effective when both parents work & kids grow up in day care?

Not especially: From the phrasing of your question, it sounds to me like you have lots of guilt about working full time. This is very natural. There is no substitute for parents spending time with their children as much as possible. But you also need to do what you can to provide for your family, that is also important! Parenting is like a war. Consider one parent going part time if possible! ...Read more

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In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

Statistics: Its a way of rephrasing the statistics. The cdc states 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with autism by age 8. ...Read more

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Are kids better off with grandparents than in foster care?

Are kids better off with grandparents than in foster care?

Depends: If the grand parents are capable of providing care, and are willing to do so, then placing a child with relatives is always the legal systems first priority. ...Read more

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Some toddlers love attentions while some takes more time to warm up to strangers. Are such temperaments nurtured or are they just born with them?

Some toddlers love attentions while some takes more time to warm up to strangers. Are such temperaments nurtured or are they just born with them?

Infant temperament: historically has been divided into 3 types, "easy", "difficult" & "slow to warm up" based on level of activity, adaptability to daily routines, response. to new situations,mood, intensity of reactions, sensitivity to environment, adaptation to changes, & distractibility vs. persistence when engaged in an activity. Response to these traits can change intensity, but not completely alter temperament. ...Read more

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When you put a child with speech delay age 3 in a class of autistic children can they pick up their behaviors?

When you put a child with speech delay age 3 in a class of autistic children can they pick up their behaviors?

Possibly, however,: Speech = articulation, the motor aspect of language. A child with receptive & expressive language delay" has impaired ability in comprehending language & in verbalizing ideas. Language is best learned from birth-5. Autism pre-k has 6 hrs. Of intensive instruction. Developmental delay pre-k has 2 1/2 hrs. Of instruction for children with various needs. Try the higher level of service first. ...Read more

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Are prematurely born children more likely to have learning difficulties in school?

Are prematurely born children more likely to have learning difficulties in school?

Maybe,maybe not : Much depends on how early and what if any complications occurred along the way. Most premis fall into the 34-37 week range, most of who will be normal. Those born at 24-28 wks are much more likely to have problems. One of my smallest newborns (14 oz) graduated from the honors program at Baylor a few years ago, so I each kid is different. ...Read more

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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...Read more

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My 2yr old is in a small family daycare we love,. His language &social skills are advanced. Does he need preschool or can we wait until pre-k?

My 2yr old is in a small family daycare we love,. His language &social skills are advanced. Does he need preschool or can we wait until pre-k?

Need? No...: It sounds like your son is in a loving environment. Children his age (and older) learn through play and connection. He doesn't "need" preschool. Read to him, talk to him, explain things to him, and most of all have fun! I bet he is already getting those things at the family daycare. My vote - if you are happy where he is there is no need to change. ...Read more

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Can younger generations learn about preventive health, not just the elderly or infirmed, when their grandparents live with them?

Can younger generations learn about preventive health, not just the elderly or infirmed, when their grandparents live with them?

It depends: It depends on the grandparents' knowledge of healthy eating. I see many seniors who are misinformed about what comprises a healthy diet and over rely on nutritional supplements. Age does not always guarantee wisdom and knowledge. If the senior is in good health, is not overweight, stays physically active, and takes few medications and supplements, they are probably a more reliable source. ...Read more

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Are people who develop schizophrenia in early adulthood weird/depressed along with other mental issues as a child and teen? Or were they just normal

Weird? : Some people express symptoms or prodromal characteristics early in life. Many, if not most, showed no symptoms. The change in behavior is often what leads to diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do some children get sick more often than other children?

Variables: Infants tend to be well protected from illness in the first 8-12 wks by immunity passed in pregnancy from the mother. As that fades, babies /kids/adults get exposed to a variety of bacteria, viruses, parasites based on lifestyle, hygiene & chance.Kids that are well rested & fed show their peak resistance to illness.Some are more or less ill based on a combo of genetics & exposures. ...Read more

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Starting to think boomers are much less healthy than their parents at same age. Correct? Why?

Starting to think boomers are much less healthy than their parents at same age. Correct? Why?

America: All ages are overall less healthy. We are more sedentary, and make more unhealthy food choices than in the past. ...Read more

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Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

I think it's from: Both the delays in social development + perseverative interest in anything that's preferred. The simplistic language of pre-school shows is delivered in high-pitched, emphatic, repetitive " snippets", great for delayed echolalia. Age-appropriate shows have confusing complex language ; social interactions. Game shows have sound effects, short verbal interchange, rolling credits ; catchy music. ...Read more

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Are those afflicted with ADHD classified as a 'vulnerable adult'? This is in regard to the 22 year-old grandson of a close family friend who has adhd.Two years ago, two adult men in their late 40's had asked him to move in with them. They immediately bega

Are those afflicted with ADHD classified as a 'vulnerable adult'? This is in regard to the 22 year-old grandson of a close family friend who has adhd.Two years ago, two adult men in their late 40's had asked him to move in with them. They immediately bega

Unfamiliar term: Not sure of the context of "vulnerable adult" as a specific label. Certainly, adhd that lasts into adulthood is associaated with a wide range of increased risk for bad outcomes, and certain individuals with adhd retain a social immaturity that might make it easier for others to prey upon them. However, that is far from universal and more related to immaturity than adhd per se. ...Read more

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What skills can families teach to young children to ensure they are healthy later in life?

What skills can families teach to young children to ensure they are healthy later in life?

Several: Basic hygiene lessons on hand washing after toileting, brushing teeth everyday, healthy foods, water vs soda and get out and play. Don't forget safety talks about seat belts, strangers, social media caution. Limit TV/Screen time to no more than 2 hours a day. http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/healthy-habits-mothers-should-teach-kids#1 ...Read more

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Why do adults and older children get sicker than younger children with chickenpox?

Why do adults and older children get sicker than younger children with chickenpox?

Good question !!: The viral infection is systemic and adults for some reason are more susceptible to brain and lung involvement. ...Read more

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If parents of kids with trisomy tend to older, what happens when they die?

If parents of kids with trisomy tend to older, what happens when they die?

"older": Parents may be 36 - 40. Many of these children have life expectancies shorter thsan their parents survival. They can grow to live independently, but they may have siblings or social support services appropriate for the care, comfort and safety. ...Read more

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Are food makers going to start making smaller servings for heavy people, older folks or for those who live alone?

Are food makers going to start making smaller servings for heavy people, older folks or for those who live alone?

Wishful thinking: That would be nice. However, it's more likely that the smaller portions are to raise profits - smaller quantity for the same price or slightly higher (new packaging). ...Read more

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