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first_imgPosted on August 4, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In order to better serve you, we are requesting that you fill out a very brief survey (click here). There are only 7 questions and it will take no more than 2 minutes of your time (we promise!). Your answers to these questions will help us to better understand our membership profile as well as your individual interests and needs. The better we understand you and what maternal health resources you would find most useful, the better we will be at providing you with useful content.We appreciate your input very much!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Opinion Taking the first steps into education can be daunting – for

first_imgHelp familiarise your child with their new school before they startSet up play dates for your child with new classmates before school startsMake fun days of buying books and a new uniformEstablish a good sleeping and eating routine in the weeks beforehandEncourage your child to ask their teacher plenty of questionsDon’t…Ignore changes in their behaviourDismiss any fears or concerns that your child hasForget to talk to your child about every aspect of their dayBe too anxious yourselfShane Kelly is Professional Services Manager with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. AS THE NEW school year approaches, parents and pupils are counting down the last days of summer before easing themselves into the usual routine of buying books and uniforms. However, for those children who will take their first steps into education come September, the new term can be a daunting experience.Venturing into the unknown and undergoing major changes in your everyday life – for example, starting a new job or moving house – is stressful for anyone, irrespective of their age, so it is hardly surprising that young children feel scared when they are suddenly introduced into new surroundings.Thankfully, there are a number of things that parents can do to make the transition to primary education as easy and painless as possible and to ensure that the first day at school is a memorable one.Schools are far more welcoming, inviting places than they used to be, and it is important that parents bring their children to visit their new school before the first day of term.This will allow children the opportunity to meet their teacher and the principal, who will do their most to welcome them to the school. It will also help children to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings, including the classroom and facilities like the toilets and the playground.Visiting the school before term begins will also help you to find parents and children who are in a similar situation. Organising play dates with other kids who are in the same boat will ensure that your child has some new friends on the first day and will help them to settle in. In some instances, schools can put you in touch with other parents to arrange a play date.Ahead of the start of term, parents should also discuss school as much as possible with their child and dispel any fears they have. While a pre-term visit will have helped to allay many of your child’s concerns, why not plan some school-related fun events? One of the most effective ways to do this is by organising a family day out to buy books, uniforms and schoolbags. This will help make the prospect of school seem exciting, positive and something that they will look forward to.Parents should also encourage their children to ask questions like ‘what do I do if I need to go to the toilet?’ or ‘what do I do if I need a drink?’ This will help ease any worries that they might have and it will also show that the teacher is there to help them. Consequently, it will make it easier for them to settle in and to feel comfortable in their new environment.It’s also important that you encourage your child to be friendly and helpful to their classmates and ask others to play with them. This will help them to build on the friendships that they made during the pre-school play dates and joining after school clubs will cement these new relationships.Once these first-timers start school, parents should talk to them every day about their experiences. Ask them what they did and what their favourite part of their day was. It’s important that you are excited and enthusiastic about their stories, which will validate their positive experiences.By the same token, don’t dismiss your child’s fears. You must address them and talk through them. The more they talk, the easier it will be for them and you will get a better sense of how they are coping.You should also keep an eye for changes in children’s behaviour such as not sleeping, not eating, being irritable, quiet or angry as it may indicate that they need more help to cope with the new environment. If there is a specific issue, have a quiet word with the teacher.Thankfully, most children adapt quickly to their new surroundings and have a great first year in school, so, as a parent, try not to be too anxious yourself. After all, being in school are the best days of your life.Dos and don’ts for starting schoolDo…last_img read more

Amazon believes an exemption is in the publics be

first_imgAmazon believes an exemption is in the public’s best interest because it progresses Congress’ goal to launch commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the US faster. –Christina MulliganAmazon announces new mobile web development tools for AWS at NYC SummitAmazon debuted an updated mobile SDK and new Cognito, Zocalo and Mobile Analytics services at the 2014 Amazon Web Services Summit in New York City.The company detailed the new and updated developer products and services in a blog post explaining how these mobile development offerings will make it easier to build AWS-powered mobile apps. In the updated AWS Mobile SDK, new features include a DynamoDB object mapper for iOS, an S3 transfer manager and support enhancements for Android, Amazon’s FireOS and iOS/Objective-C.The Amazon Cognito service is focused on data synchronization and user identity for developers to manage data synchronization across devices. Amazon Zocalo is a secure enterprise storage and sharing service that can be managed from any device, and Amazon Mobile Analytics uses raw app data to calculate and report various metrics to developers.For more information, check out the AWS blog post. –Rob Marvin Kids programming robots to learn new skillsWith just a smart tablet and Angry Birds, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are making it possible for kids to program robots. The researchers have paired an Android tablet paired with a small humanoid robot, and kids are teaching it how to play Angry Birds just by dragging their finger on the tablet and flinging the birds across the screen. While the kids are playing Angry Birds, the robot is watching and recording what’s happening in it’s memory, and then mimics what the child did when it is their turn to play.“The robot is able to learn by watching because it knows how interaction with a tablet app is supposed to work,” said Ayanna Howard, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech. –Christina MulliganAmazon wants the FAA to allow them to test their delivery dronesAmazon is petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to test their drones, Amazon Prime Air, in the United States. Currently, Amazon is limited to conducting R&D flights indoors or outside the country because it is a commercial enterprise.“Amazon would prefer to keep the focus, jobs, and investments of this important research and development initiative in the United States by conducting private research and development operations outdoors near Seattle,” Paul Misener, VP of global public policy at Amazon, wrote in a letter to FAA.last_img read more