Music and Memory

Childhood music lessons may pay big dividends later in life by keeping the mind healthy.  Older musicians perform better on tests of memory and other cognitive factors than peers who have never learned to play an instrument, according to a study by the American Psychological Association.


Sign language app for kids... and adults!

American Sign Language (ASL) is now available on mobile apps. The app is called iSign ASL and what makes this app extra cool is that a 3-D character shows you each particular gesture. You can see the movements from different vantage points so you have a more thorough way of grasping each particular sign.

This app is great for kids because it helps improve motor skills and has the advantage of giving children the ability to communicate with the hearing impaired. The app is especially kid friendly with ASL sign categories ranging from sports, clothes, and food.


Annual Noisy Toys List

Before you make your toy purchases, you must know about a few very noisy toys out there.  Instead of bringing joy to your children, these toys could give them unwanted, permanent hearing loss. That’s right; many of the toys for children on the market ring in at more than 129 decibels (dB.)

Noisy Toys 2010That’s well above what the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) considers a safe level that won’t damage hearing. In fact, the set standard level for safe noise (that is, noises that lead to dangerous hearing loss) is 85 dB.

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