Development of skills in children
In the first 5 years of life, parents, particularly mothers, spend an average of 100 hours per week with a child when the child is awake. This is over 5,000 hours per year or about 25,000 hours before the child goes to school. We know that children learn more in the first five years of life than in any other five years – and who does the teaching? MUM and DAD.
So if you are wondering whether parents can be effective teachers of their children, the answer is obvious! Even when the child goes to school, the amount of time with a teacher is less than six hours per day, 5 days per week for 40 weeks per year – a total of about 1200 hours per year shared with 20-30 other children in the class. Even when we take off the time in travel, playing with friends etc., the parents still will have more time to teach the child than the teacher.
So, why not use those hours to the maximum? We can supply specific skill training programs for you to carry out at home, plus we also encourage teaching reading as soon as the child has 20 words or so reliably (sometimes this is possible as young as age 2).
Our research and overseas studies indicate that with early intervention the rate of development of children can be speeded up significantly. There is even some indications that early intervention can produce long term changes in the brain, minimising or even overcoming any potential developmental delay. Been told that he will grow out of it? Don’t believe it. Children learn out of ‘it’, and normally need someone to teach them how to do so. Contact us if you would like to discuss your child’s development.