Talking to Children about Disabilities

Explaining to your child what a disability is can be quite challenging. It is a sensitive topic, you need to choose your words wisely and create an open dialogue with your child so they feel free to ask you anything. What you say in this conversation directly influences how your child will perceive others with disabilities. Here are seven things to keep in mind when you talk to your child about people with disabilities:

Children with disabilities are like all children, they have feelings they want friends, respect and to be included.
Life can be tough and everyone is trying to find themselves, especially children. They are easily impressionable and often wear their hearts on their sleeves. Words and actions can hurt, all children have the same wants to be included and respected. Teach your children to include all children including children with disabilities in conversation and games, they are no different than typical children and deserve not to be left out due to a disability.

354870-PAPUF2-370Children can be born disabled or become disabled from illnesses or an accident. You cannot catch a disability.
A person does not choose to be disabled something had happened that is out of their control.

Just because someone has a physical disability does not mean they also have a cognitive (thinking) disability.
There many many different types of disabilities each affecting the body in different ways. Some may just be physical meaning they bodies may have problems when moving, others can affect their brain making speaking, school work and thinking difficult for them and some disabilities can be a combination of both. Children with disabilities can do most of the things other children do, it may take more assistance and more time. Be patient and help them!

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Children with special needs are different and that’s not a bad thing.
Everybody is unique it is what makes us all so special in our own ways. If everyone was the same life would be pretty boring!

It’s okay to ask questions about disabilities. Knowledge is power!
Learning about different disabilities can help a child understand a personal situation better. Knowing how a disability can affect someone can allow you to help them more and be more empathic about situations.

Choose your words wisely   When talking to your child choose your words wisely. The way to describe children with disabilities will influence the words your child uses to also describe disabilities. Make sure they are accurate and sensitive. Teaching them the correct words like special needs, disabilities, or even the names of specific disabilities like autism and down syndrome.

Be a friend. The best thing you can be is a friend.

The New Canadian Food Guide

The Canadian food guide pretty much hasn’t been changed since 1977 when they first released it. The beginning of this year they have unveiled a new food guide focusing more on fruits and vegetables and less on meats.

Let’s see what they have changed. 

 

The old food guide was based on the Four Food Groups: milk products, meat and alternatives, grains, and fruits and vegetables.

The new guide has reduced the groups to just three food groups. Fruits and vegetables,  whole grains and protein. Encouraging Canadians to stray away from the traditional meats heavy meals and to focus more on eating plants.

The new “protein” category may be a little bit confusing for people that are used to the older guide. How can we put meats, dairy, and vegetables all into one umbrella category? Though many studies they have determined that protein from plant sources has the most positive effects on health. The new guide says. “The regular intake of plant-based foods – vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and plant-based proteins – can have positive effects on health,” including lower risk of cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

We often don’t look at our vegetables and think “Protein” but in fact, vegetables are a great source of protein and nutrients.

Top 5 Protein Rich Vegetables  
(Per One Cup)

  1. Cooked Peas        8 Grams
  2. Spinach                5 Grams
  3. Soybeans            15 Grams
  4. Corn                      5 Grams
  5. Broccoli                4 Grams

The new guide has been simplified, throwing away the portions section and replacing it with a simple visual of what your plate should ideally look like. Focusing mostly on fruits and vegetables, as well as making water the drink of choice.

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Creative Ways to Store your Children’s Art Work

Over the years your children create many wonderful sometimes questionable artwork and school projects if your anything like me you may find it hard to just let go of it while tidying up the house. Yes, this macaroni art is going a little moldy, but my child made it how can I part with it? If I throw it out am I not being supportive?

Well never fear! There are many space-saving, non-moldy alternatives to saving many of your children’s beautiful work. Parents showing their firstborn son pictures in family album

Photo Album: Snap a picture of your child’s work and save it on your phone, computer, online, or print it and turn it into a physical photo album. This is especially great for those larger projects like dioramas. 

 

Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 12.21.07 PMLabeled Boxes: For every school year create a box labeled which school year it is i.e Kaitlyn: Kindergarten Age: 5. A plastic box helps to protect their work for years to come and by keeping it organized it is easier to recall when each project was created. Unfortunately for this option, you are limited by space (Sorry Diorama!) so you’ll have to only pick what fits.

These boxes don’t have to be ugly plastic storage bins. There are many pre-decorated bins you can purchase at wal-mart or the dollar store.

Filing Folders: Those large accordion filing folders you use for your taxes can be used as a great way of keeping and organizing your child’s work.

 

 

W5Go Apps for Social Good!

W5Go Free Educational Apps for Social Edification! 

If you have checked the app stores lately looking for a fun, educational and safe app for your toddler you might see a lot of apps “designed for children” are full of in-app purchases, advertisements and are missing educational content. 0325_3

Each episode of W5Go is carefully designed for children 5-8. Our main focus is to get children excited about learning. We want them to run from our app excited to tell their parents, friends, and teachers what they have learned.

Our apps have a unique layout compared to others designed for children. We have episodes teaching children various topics, followed by games to help children retain what they just learned.

We believe in having an equal balance between work and play! In our newer apps, you need to play through the episodes/ lessons before unlocking related games.

We are part of a social edification project by QiiQ this allows us to create apps that are Ad-Free and offer freemium content while being primarily funded by QiiQ and grants. We understand many are unable to afford apps which is why we designed W5Go to be able to unlock all features by playing through the app. If you would like to unlock games faster a $0.99 Star pack is available for purchase, to contribute or donate to W5Go development please contact w5go.official@gmail.com.

W5Go Structure
We refer to each app as a “Season” and each season has several “Episodes” related to the main topic. For example, our season healthy kids have three episodes.

Healthy Kids App
– The Food Groups                        Coming Soon! 
– The Five Senses                           – Trip to the Doctors
– Hygiene                                       – Mind & Body

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What is Social Edification?

QiiQ for Social Edification™, a new category defined and championed by QiiQ.

W5Go is a project for social edification created by QiiQ. W5Go aims to encompass as many of theUnited Nations Sustainable Development goals as possible with every episode we release. So far our episodes, blog posts, youtube videos, and social media have targeted five of the seventeen sustainable development goals.

Quality Education

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-04We believe everyone deserves the right to a quality education no matter their circumstances. W5Go’s mobile episodes and videos are created for the audience of children aged 3-7. They are easy enough for a child to follow on their own without parental guidance.

We thoroughly research all of our applications to create fun educational content for children to learn and explore. Within every app, we choose a topic and ask the children the W5 to encourage them to think and question what they are seeing. We then ask them to dig deeper by asking questions like “What if?” and “Why not?” W5Go believes you can always push boundaries and learn more. By asking “What if?” and “Why not” it opens doors to your imagination which intern sparks innovation. Each episode teaches 20+ English words through voice-overs, text, and animations for fun interactive learning.

Most of our applications have virtual and augmented reality experiences. Due to the rapid growth of technology, we want to gradually introduce children to modern technology. We use smartphones to portray these experiences, no fancy headsets required, just a smartphone with a gyroscope and a back-camera. Also, for young children to use technology, not using a headset is much safer as there are still aware of the environment around them. W5Go believes children from all walks of life should be able to experience the newest technology.

All of our applications are free to downloads, free from ads, no in-app purchase and do not require wifi after the initial download. W5Go wants to make it as simple as possible to get the educational tools to children to see them succeed.

Gender Equality

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-05A major concern in society today is gender equality. W5Go works to create episodes that are as gender neutral as possible. We want to teach children to respect one another no matter their gender, race or sexuality. At the moment we care carefully crafting an episode and song about bullying, in which we wish to teach children the importance of thinking before you speak or act.

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-16We try to include the peace and justice strong institutions goal in our apps by promoting children to have integrity. So they can understand what is right and wrong, and stand up for injustices when they encounter them. We believe by teaching these morals at a young age, children will grow up with a strong moral compass. Children are our future we must teach them what we know and let them learn from our mistakes. Some of these children will grow into powerful roles within companies and countries, having a strong sense of integrity is very beneficial.

Good Health and Well-Being

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-03Across many of our episodes, we try to educate children on good health and well-being. In our Forest episode, we show how beneficial taking a walk through a forest can be for your mental health. We also focus on our blog to give tips on how to handle stress and  Our episode Dialogues shows a Grandma talking to her grandson about the importance of a healthy hygiene routine.

Zero Poverty

E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-01Knowledge is power! W5Go’s objective is to bring children to an even playing field when it comes to education when in or starting kindergarten or preschool. We want to make education available to everyone in any situation.

We believe education is the key to ending poverty. When people are educated they have more opportunities to advance in their lives and career. Everyone should have an equal chance to excel, no matter their environmental upbringing. W5Go wants to give children the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty. This is why all of our applications are free to download, have no in-app purchases, no advertisements and do not require wifi.

How do we do it?

We’re often asked,  “Where do we make money?” or “How do we afford to make these applications”
We are a social edification project headed and funded by QiiQ, a wholesale carrier voice service provision and managed services for retail telecom service providers. W5Go is a project created by and managed by Carl KS Teo, CEO & Founder of QiiQ.

This is all done for social good!

To learn more about W5Go and to download our mobile apps visit us W5go.com

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The only way to improve is by getting feedback! Have any suggestions for our apps?

Or would like to contribute to our cause, feel free to contact us at w5go.official@gmail.com

 

What Feeds the Curious Minds of Children

AR/VR/MR for Social Edification

What, Why, When, Where Who are for asking questions in the pursuit of answers!
They are the 5W-s or W5.

What if and Why not are for digging deeper into the answers we first get and to probe into what is apparent and for firing up the imagination and the passion for further pursuit. These are the elements of learning. It is true of all people and peoples and especially the very young.

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The seeking and curious mind of the very young is a precious space and time that should be occupied with knowledge, experience, and imagination that set them in good stead in dealing with and overcoming the challenges of life as they grow,

The curious mind raises questions relative to

  • observation of physical things, such as water, colors, forests, books, and musical instruments etc.
  • observation of experiential situations such as reading a book, playing a musical instrument, a noisy environment, a walk in a forest, people greeting one another etc.
  • observation of mention of abstract notions such as time, digits, subtraction, addition, imagination, cleanliness, attitude, bullying etc.

HealthyKids_PhonePromoThe child with such questions would love to pose them to someone they trust to provide them with good answers and an explanation of facts and figures. Learning occurs when there is such interaction for Question and Answer in a dialogue.

But not all children have the opportunity to find themselves in places and circumstances for making the various observations due to constraints which may be economic, geographical, cultural, political or a matter of space and time.

Such lack of opportunity can be sufficiently overcome with the use of apps and games that are purpose-designed to introduce the child to things physical, experiential situations and abstract notions with the application of:

To present physical objects, portray experimental situations, explain and illustrate abstract notions.

That is exactly what W5GO apps and games have attempted to do and so far they have proven to be rather good at it.

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W5GO™
 is a Social Project by QiiQ Inc. to develop AR/VR/MR-enabled apps and games that are fun, entertaining, informative and a way for learning English words and expressions by natural absorption or osmosis for preschoolers and kindergarten children. It is a part of QiiQ for Social Edification, a category that consists of projects for developing and engendering social good. It proposes to achieve two broad objectives, namely

  • to raise the digital consciousness of the general population beginning with the very young
  • to build or influence the making of a kinder, more equitable and more enlightened society

W5GO™ now consists of 16 apps (episodes) and games. A few more are in the pipeline soon to be released and a lot more are in the plan for development including a series that is to be purpose-designed to cater to children living on the autistic spectrum.

All episodes are on themes that are enduringly relevant in all time in terms of facts and values for their contents.

Currently published and available for free downloads in both iOS and Android versions are episodes and games on:

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Healthy Kids
Imagination
Greetings
Forest
Books & Reading
Colours
AR Dollhouse
Vroom2
Addition & Subtraction
Time
Water
Noise
App Plus
Dialogues
Digits
Music

The episodes and games are constantly evolving and improving in contents and quality in terms of technical excellence and construction and design engineering for effective and efficient propagation through social media. Upgrades are being releases for existing episodes and games from time to time. W5GO Project subscribes to the WiKi notion of crowdsourcing and crowd-nurturing for the development efforts.  W5GO+ or W5GO Supplements address this aspect of the W5GO Project.

W5GO+ is a service platform to be launched in Q3 2018 for fostering a community of digital graphics artists and writers of all ages but especially the youth to contribute to the enrichment of contents and promotion of existing themes of W5GO episodes of apps and games  in the form of video clips with narratives in the form of texts, voice-over and audio.

W5GO+ will engender organic growth and propagation of the W5GO project for promoting digital learning by children and youth and the yet-to-be-digital part of the population at large.

QiiQ Inc. seeks cooperation with specialists in childhood education and experts on special education for children for advice in the development and improvement of the W5GO episodes and games in their contents.

Please address all communication on W5GO Project to Carl KS Teo at carl@ecocarrier.com

 

Ecocarrier is an OTT established business operation in wholesale carrier voice service provision providing call termination service to Tier-1 operators and Tier-2 wholesale service providers. Ecocarrier carries daily 1 million+ minutes to some 25 countries largely in Africa and the Middle East.

Ecocarrier Digital is a division of Ecocarrier in the digital service business,

Ecocarrier’s main focus in B2B and B2B2C space is in offering AR/VR/MR solutions as cloud-based managed services and the apps relative to the services in the following commerce and market space:

Ecocarrier for Social Edification’s main focus in the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) space is in offering apps and games that are purpose-designed

  1. to raise the digital consciousness of the general public with apps and games

for pre-schoolers of all ethnicity and people of all ages whose first language is not English with

W5GO apps (episodes) and games   www.w5go.com

PPIXXELLS www.ppixxells.com and DIY AR/VR Production  www.vive-ar.com and www.qiiq-vr.com

  1. to build or influence the making of a kinder, more equitable and more enlightened society through
  1. the promotion of MRESENCE as a cloud-based service platform www.mresence.com  for the provision of services to the general public across the world for
    • Remote Collaboration
    • TeleMedicine
    • TeleHealth
    • Online Distance Learning
    • TeleConference
    • TeleMeetUp etc.
  1. The promotion of PizzzAR as a cloud-based service platform for Mobile Digital Advertising and Promotion Campaigns as a Bridge from the Traditional Print Media mode of advertising business operation to a Mobile Digital mode of advertising operation.

The Bridge enables the Traditional Print Media Businesses to provide Mobile Digital Media advertising and promotion services to their advertisers without any additional investment in capital expenditure nor operation expenditure.

Such a lifeline saves the Traditional Print Media Businesses from imminent demise due to the loss of advertising revenue to the competitions offering On-line Advertising and Mobile Digital Advertising.

The corollary to such an outcome is that the people who are currently employed in the Traditional Print Media Businesses will have continued employment and be able to maintain a reasonably fulfilling livelihood.

  1. to address many (10+) of the 17 UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals)

QiiQ for Social Edification projects severally address various UN SDGs or goals:

W5GO apps and games www.w5go.com address Quality Education, Gender Equality, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions

PPIXXELLS www.ppixxells.com addresses Quality Education, Good Health & Well Being, Gender Equality

MRESENCE www.mresence.com addresses Good Health & Well Being, Decent Work & Economic Growth, Industry Innovation & Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities & Communities, Climate Change, Life on Land and Life Under Water.

PizzzAR www.pizzzar.com addresses Poverty, Climate Change, Decent Work & Economic Growth, and also Clean Water & Sanitation

W5GO episodes/apps and games and PPIXXELLS services raise the digital consciousness of the general population starting with the very young. PPIXXELLS serves as a recreation center for people of all ages for digital education and entertainment for Good Health & Wellbeing

PizzzAR™ Digital Platform AR enabled Interactive Advertising

PizzzAR provides a bridge from the Traditional Media business to Mobile Digital Media business and in so doing saves jobs/employment positions and foster economic growth. It greatly reduces the use of paper, saves trees and greatly reduces the use of inks and thus help preserves clean water and sanitation.

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MRESENCE in its application in TeleMedicine and Collaboration operation in Mixed Reality greatly reduces the need of travel (air as well as over-land) and thus significantly reduce the burning of hydrocarbon and thereby reduces the production of Carbon Dioxide that contributes to climate change and the production of Carbonic Acid that goes into the seas and oceans and causes the pH level of the water in them to fall below 7 and the resultant acidic condition that kills the corals and creatures in the sea and ocean.

The Social Edification projects are being propagated through a network of strategic partners as master resellers, distributors in countries worldwide. This mode of business organization addresses the UN SDG ” Partnerships for the goals”. It is crowdsourcing, for distribution and propagation in a sharing economy.

W5Go Available for Android GO

What is Android Go?

Google hopes to make this a more enjoyable experience by offering a separate lighter version of Android and its apps. The first version of Android Go is based on Android Oreo 8 and is intended to run on phones with as little as 512MB to 1GB of RAM and only 8GB of storage.

That is a big difference between most of the flagship phones we are accustomed to using. In contrast flagship phones typically come with anywhere from 4 to 8GB of RAM and use up to 4 to 8 times as much storage.

For more information about Android GO and supported phones click here.

 

W5Go & Android GO! 

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W5Go’s primary purpose is to make quality education available to everyone. This means we put a lot of effort into making our apps available for all phones, whether the phone is worth $50 or $2500. We want to provide children with a fun learning experience, introducing them to the basics of Augmented and Virtual reality, while exploring exciting topics and supplementing their traditional education.

By creating our apps to suit Android GO software we are giving children from lower income areas their right to learn! Just because a child does not have the newest iPhone does not mean they don’t have the right to education and the chance to explore fundamental Augmented and virtual reality.

 

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