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Learning Activities for Little Students

At Lowcountry Child, we often get caught up in the cuteness and plethora of ideas that come with smaller children. But what about the big kids? Now that school is in session, it may be difficult to inspire or motivate your little student to get organized with homework or to sit and listen to a teacher's lesson. We scoured various educational resources and found some activities for children, ages 5 to 11, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.

Travel Tips for Kids

 Whether they walk, ride the bus or travel by car, teach your kids these few tips to ensure they get to and from school safely.

Suggested School Supply List

Do you have everything you need for the first day of school Aug. 15? Here is a suggested school supply list from the Beaufort County School District. Art-infused schools may require other specific needs.

Which daycare is right for you?

When you’re pregnant, you register for all of the supplies your new baby will need.

Crib. Check.

Diapers. Check.

Blankets. Check.

Formula. Check.

But what about after the baby is born, when mom and dad are ready to return to work? Have you thought about childcare? Who will you entrust your child with for the 8-plus hours while you’re at work?

Finding the right childcare facility is not as absolute as picking out a new stroller. Believe me, I know.

Keep Your Kids Cyber Safe

Can you imagine letting your child socialize with a sex predator? If a bully was picking on them, would you ignore it? Would you allow your child to play violent video games?

Most parents would vote with a resounding “No!” to these questions.

LAF resources

In addition to the early childhood development program, the LAF Comprehensive Therapy Center provides two other critical services.

Assessments:

LAF continues to support the regional autism community through its evaluation team, made up of volunteers from multiple disciplines that provide diagnostic evaluations to determine if a child has an autism spectrum disorder. Before LAF was founded in 2007, local children were faced with months of waiting for assessments and expensive, sometimes unreliable therapy options.

LAF center prepares kids for kindergarten

Getting ready for kindergarten is a big deal for any young child, but for those on the autism spectrum it can be an incredibly daunting challenge.

Center to Combine Therapy and Preschool

When Tami Lawrence and Tripp Ritchie founded Lowcountry Autism Foundation in August 2007, one of their immediate goals was to find a way to get local children the critical assessments they needed for a possible autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Most area families had to endure a six- to eight-month wait for an assessment at the Medical University of South Carolina, and such a big chunk of time spent waiting can make for a drastic hang-up in a very young child’s development.

Dealing with Bullies

When we think of bullies we often think of older kids, but an alarming number of young children are victims, perpetrators and participants of bullying behavior.

Backpack safety

Chiropractors, pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons alike agree that backpacks are a problem for your child’s spine. While they may not cause major problems, overloading and improper carrying of a backpack can lead to neck and shoulder pain as well as lower back pain.