24 July 2023

The day that changed everything

A single day can divide a parent's life in two: before the diagnosis and after. Sooner or later, a parent adapts to whatever God gives them to carry, for their child, fights tirelessly, searches for solutions, doctors, appropriate therapies and clings to every sliver of hope. They know that a small hope can become, in time, a miracle. What brings…, Our powers, united   , The first big turning point in Denisa's life was when a severe epileptic seizure at the age of 4 sent her straight into a coma. Doctors gave her very little chance of survival then. "2 weeks" sounds like a sentence and these are words that carry with them a crushing power. "It's a miracle if she lives for two more weeks, ma'am," doctors told…, Good people and communities  , It's been four years since the Corbasca community team has had Denisa in the spotlight. The friendship between Denisa and the physiotherapist looking after her at the Integrated Community Centre in Corbasca, which opened in 2021, is starting to bear increasingly visible fruit.  "I feel a joy when I see her, because I like children. I've been…, UNICEF in Denisa's life  , UNICEF supports the progress of children with disabilities and their families through Integrated Community Centres, where access to needed specialist services is free of charge and accessible in their communities. In these centres, parents find support from therapists in areas such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, psychological counselling - much…, Make a difference in children's lives too!  , We would like these Integrated Community Centres to become a constant reality in all areas of Romania and we need your help. You can make a difference in the lives of these children right now with a monthly online donation that helps us continue the work of the Integrated Community Centres for vulnerable children.  Together we can make life a…
09 August 2022

How to teach your child to love reading

A love of reading opens the door to adventures, learning new things and a whole host of key language skills such as speech development and vocabulary building. Spending time with books also creates special moments for you to bond with your child and enjoy each other’s company. Just 10 to 15 minutes a day with a book is enough to spark your curious…, Start right away,   Reading to your newborn helps to give them the best start in life. Babies learn language from adults who repeat and read words to them. When you read to your little one, talk about the characters and objects in the book or the sounds the animals make. Hearing your voice helps give meaning to the letters and pictures they are seeing. As you read…, Model what a good reader looks like,   It is important for children to see reading as something fun and pleasurable to do rather than a difficult task. What better way to teach this than to show them the ropes yourself! If your children see you reading often, it is more likely to encourage them. This will also help to promote time away from screens. If you have been away from reading…, Take turns,   As your child grows older, take turns reading out loud to each other. If you have an early reader, this can be as much as asking your child to point out letters and words he recognizes. Next, take turns reading sentences. As his abilities grow, you can take turns reading pages and eventually chapters. As you read together, ask questions about…, Listen to your child,   As your little one grows, pay attention to her interests. If she is particularly drawn to a particular topic, like dinosaurs, try to find children’s books about that subject. This will help to reinforce that books are tools for learning more about the things we care about and she will be more likely to read if the subject matter is her favourite…, Make it a routine,   Making reading an enjoyable part of your child’s life starts with incorporating books into your daily routine. Create a special reading time before bed or while taking public transportation. While you are together, make sure to limit distractions like mobile phones and television. Your time should be all about each other! Part of learning to…, Reading milestones,   While every child is different, here are some of the milestones you may observe as your child's reading skills develop: Birth – 18 months Understands some simple phrases Looks at books and tries to turn pages Imitates speech At around 1 year can say one or more words 18 months – 3 years Can say 250 – 350 words at around 2 years and 800 – 1,000…