The importance of speech and language development in a child's early years

by the Speech Language and Audiology Association of Trinidad and Tobago

What are speech and language?

Speech and language are tools that humans use to communicate or share thoughts, ideas and emotions. Language is the set of rules, shared by the individuals who are communicating, that allows them to exchange those thoughts, ideas or emotions. Speech involves speaking - one way that a language can be expressed. Language may also be expressed through writing, signing, or even gestures in the case of people who have neurological disorders and may depend upon eye blinks or mouth movements to communicate.

‘Enhancing Children’s Engagement in Social and Cognitive Activities’ – Interview with Professor Jaipaul Roopnarine, Professor James Johnson and Professor Michael Patte

by Dr. Lenisa Joseph, CREN Guest Contributor

Editor's note: The University of the West Indies Family Development Centre, presented the symposium ‘Enhancing Children’s Engagement in Social and Cognitive Activities’ in March 2017.  Professor Jaipaul Roopnarine, Professor James Johnson and Professor Michael Patte, renowned authors on Play and Early Childhood, engaged participants on the following topics: play in attaining social skills and nation building in young children and implementation strategies for teachers and parents to effect quality learning through play and loose parts. Dr. Lenisa Joseph, Visiting Professor of Early Childhood and Special Education at Duquesne University, was invited to attend the symposium.  She later engaged the presenters while sharing a meal. She shares her gleanings in this article.

Tune in to The UWI Family Development Centre's Radio Series!

Tune in to The UWI Family Development Centre's Radio Series!
Dear readers, we have exciting news! You can listen out for The UWI Family Development Centre's Radio Series on Parenting and Child Development during the months of May and June! Every week we present a new issue with useful tips and strategies for parents, educators and caregivers. Topics include: Parenting and child abuse, strategies for positive discipline and guidance, child care and safety in and around the home and so much more!

The power and impact of social media

By Caron Asgarali, the Victim Support Foundation

Do we cross the proverbial white line between positive and negative when social media intersects with trauma?

Over the last twelve years, Trinidad and Tobago recorded murder rates in excess of three hundred (300) annually (Seepersad, 2016). During the last two (2) months, January to February of 2017, the country has experienced unprecedented levels of different forms of violence. Individuals, families and communities have felt pain and fear and experienced losses that have touched many.

Empowering others to live limitlessly - Interview with Rajesh Durbal

by Hannah Enightoola and Ria Eustace, the CREN Team

CREN Team members Hannah Enightoola and Ria Eustace recently had the honour of chatting with Rajesh Durbal, a triple-amputee professional triathlete, author, inventor, film producer and former IT engineer who created history in 2010 when he became the world’s first triple amputee to compete and finish in the Iron Man Triathlon Championships in Hawaii, USA. Rajesh was born without fibula bones in both legs and a partially developed right arm. Doctors amputated both legs below the knees and he was fitted with prosthetics at a year and a half. He is the Founder and CEO of Live Free, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to help persons that are lost and suffering become empowered to live their best lives. Rajesh shared his motivations, challenges and successes in competing athletically at a professional level and empowering persons globally.

International Women's Day 2017

The Caribbean Research Empowerment Network and The University of the West Indies Family Development Centre join with the global community today in observing International Women's Day. It is a time for us to reflect on the progress made in our Caribbean communities, to continue to work towards finding solutions and to celebrate the perseverance and courage of women regionally and internationally.

The 2017 theme as set by the United Nations is: Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030
"The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights." (Read more here.)

CREN members, what are you thoughts on this year's theme? With the changing world of work, what are the implications for Caribbean women? Who are some of the amazing women who inspire you? Share your stories in the comments below! We look forward to reading your stories as we celebrate the achievements, determination and courage of women around the world.