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.

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

 

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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Sounds, Noise, and Hearing App for Children

 

 

Sound, Noise, and Hearing 

An interactive educational app for preschoolers, teaching them through fun animations, interactives, voice-overs and text what makes a healthy hearing system. 

What is Noise? 

Noise is any unwanted or disturbing sound, while sounds often surround us,  noises can annoy and even cause adverse health effects. Teaching children to identify the difference between sounds and noises, can help them learn when and how they can protect their ears. 

This app teaches children the importance of a healthy hearing system, the basics of how our hearing works, the difference between sound and noises.  What unpleasant noises and pleasant sounds are and how important it is to have a healthy hearing system. 

Though interactive animations, virtual reality explanation of sounds, and explainer videos, children can discover the who, what, where, when and whys of hearing. 

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What is W5Go?

Our goal is to create an extensive collection of immersive educational applications that are available to everyone. Throughout the applications, we aim to help children learn English, by teaching 20+ words in every application. The best way to learn a language is through immersion, we introduce English through voice-over, graphics, and text.   All of our applications are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and do not have any in-app purchases.


All of our episodes are geared towards children aged 4-12. With bright colors and graphics, we want children to learn English and simples concepts such as proper hygiene, through a fun interactive environment. We want to encourage children to use their imagination, explore and have fun while learning!

We believe that any topic can be taught to a child, by simply breaking it down into the five W’s (Who, What, Where, When and Why).  We want to encourage children to always ask the five W’s. When they question how things work and ask “why not” or “what if” they are continually learning and embracing creativity. In all of our episodes, we go through the five W’s and let the child guess what the answers could be before explaining.

Why AR/ VR Technology?

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W5Go focuses on creating virtual environments for children to learn, explore and use their imagination in the safety of their own home.  With so many advancements in technology is it essential for children to have an even balance of traditional learning and new mobile learning.

Our applications are VR (Virtual Reality), and AR (Augmented Reality) enabled. Since this technology is becoming such a large part of everyday life, experiencing this technology from a young age is very beneficial, and our applications are meant to complement a child’s traditional education. They feature augmented and virtual reality scenes that are fun, interactive and safe for children. They are based on anchored points and do not require a headset. Which means your child will not have to move around to experience it and will have full visibility at all times. 

What advantages does W5GO™ offer?

Resourcefulness – it is a properly researched selection of essential information on important topics for the upbringing of a child

Availability – the information and learning materials are readily available to the child on demand with the use of a Smartphone

Evolution – W5Go Project subscribes to the Wiki notion for collaborative development. Teachers and specialists in child education are invited to give us feedback and to contribute to the development of W5Go Project.

Currently, we have 14 applications available across several platforms. All are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and have no in-app purchases. Our vision is to create 100 episodes “Chapters” of W5Go so that children everywhere have the chance to learn English and experience AR/VR technology.

Have suggestions for future episodes, or would like to contribute to this good cause? Feel free to contact us at w5go.official@gmail.com 

 

 

SMART Goals for Children

What is A Goal?

A goal is an object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. Statistics say 92% of people never achieve their goals. This could be because they have not effectively planed their goals, and when you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

It is very important to teach your children how to plan and achieve their goals so they can get what they truly want in life.

What goal-setting teaches them:

  • How to Stay Motivated
  • Healthy habits
  • Responsibility
  • Persistence
  • Adaptability
  • Problem-Solving
  • Self-Worth

A simple way to start planning a goal is to fill out a SMART sheet.  Fun fact! By writing your goals down you are 42% more likely to achieve them. Smart Goals

Is Your Goal SMART?

Specific? 

Do you know exactly what you want to achieve?

Measurable?

Can you track your progress? Being able to see progress is a great way to say motivated and stick to your goal.

Attainable?

Is the goal reasonable? Not something too hard such as climbing Mount Everest next Saturday or something to easy like

Relevant?

Is it important to you? Will it help you in the future? Something you are proud of?

Time? 

When do you want this goal to be completed by?

For example, your child wants to read the Harry Potter books (Specific). How many books are in a series? (Measurable). Will they be able to read the books on their own or with some help? (Attainable). Are they interest in reading and the stories of Harry Potter? (Relevant) They want to read them before they get to a certain grade or perhaps the end of summer (Time).

Great goal setting activities for children would be; reading a chapter book, planting a garden or something as simple as organizing their toys.

How to Teach Goal-Setting

Determine the goal: Ask your child what they would like to do with questions like. What would you like to achieve this summer?  What would you like to learn?

Discuss the purpose: Why would you like to do this? Will this help others? How will completing this goal make you feel?

Break the goal down into smaller steps. Write down the steps they need to take to achieve their goal. A flow chart is a great visual way they can track their progress.

Say they want to read a 14-chapter book on their own. Try reading a chapter a week, maybe an hour before bed. Ask them questions about what they are reading, what they like and dislike about the characters or stories.  This is a simple way to encourage them to stay motivated.

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Plan for obstacles. Things can and will happen, we can brainstorm what could possibly happen. What if they don’t have time to read some nights? Can they read for an extra half hour another night or twice as long on the weekend? What if they lose the book? We can look for it for a week, find it or borrow another copy from a library.

Talk about it! Telling others about your goals helps keep you on track. Others will ask you how your goal is going, what’s next and help keep you focused.

Monkey see monkey do: Children are great imitators and learn so much from their parents. If you verbalize your goals to your children try your best to follow through with them. If you told your child you are going to start walking more. Make a plan and follow through with it. They learn from seeing your plan and achieve your goals too!

Create group goals for the family and set out to achieve them as a family. For instance, you would like to do a 5k walk for a charity. You will need to find out when the event is, how much you would like to raise for the charity, how you will raise the money, what kind of training you will do and when you will do it. By planning out your 5k charity walk with your children they will see how much effort and reward there is in completing a goal. Completing goals as a family encourages teamwork, family bonding and creates beautiful memories.

I Want to Give Up!

Sometimes goals take time and children often want to see results now. They could feel discouraged because they are not progressing at the rate they want. If your child feels like giving up talk to them ask them why they feel this way. Remind them why they started, how important it was to them. Show them how far they have come and encourage them to keep going.  If it is an obstacle in their way help them to overcome it, show them how they can improvise and problem solves to get over this hurdle. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of cheerleading to help reassure them that they are on the right path and can do it!

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We Did It! 

When they have completed a goal celebrate with them. If they finished the book have a movie night and watch the film version. Maybe have pizza, cake or a trip to the beach. Ask them how they feel, what challenges they faced and what they would have done differently. Hindsight is 20/20! It is a good learning exercise to reflect on what they have done, where they can improve and what they have learned.

Almost!

Sometimes we aim for goals and we don’t quite achieve them. Say they wanted an “A+” on their science test but only reached a “B”. This is the time to teach them it is okay to fail and how they can learn from this and achieve their goals next time. A good trait to instill in a child is to be resilience. Yes, they will be upset they failed and that is okay! Talk to them about why they think they failed, where they can improve and what they plan on doing next time.

Eat a Rainbow! Healthy Eating for Children

There is a reason why your mom always told you to eat your vegetables! The fruits and vegetables food group provide many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly. Fruits and veggies come in a variety of colors, each colour has its own unique vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural plant chemicals that give them their distinct colours. 

You can judge the number of nutrients on your plate just by looking at the colours. Making food that is very colourfull not only makes it more appealing for children but also more nutritional. 

Eat a Rainbow

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Red fruits and vegetables like strawberries and red peppers are coloured by a natural pigment called lycopene which is a strong antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of cancer and help to prevent heart disease.

Blue & Purple

Anthocyanin is what gives fruits and veggies their blue or purple colors. Delicious fruits and vegetables like eggplants, blueberries, and blackberries.  Anthocyanin has antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage and can help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.

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Rich in vitamin C and carotenoids which give this group their vibrant colors. A well-known carotenoid called beta-carotene is found in sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and carrots. It’s converted to vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy cell development and healthy eyes.


Green

Greens are one of the healthiest foods we can eat. Green veggies contain a range of plant chemicals that are rich in lutein, isothiocyanates, isoflavones, and vitamin K – which is essential for blood and bone health. Leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli are excellent sources of folate a nutrient especially important for pregnant women to consume to help prevent congenital disabilities.

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W5Go Healthy Kids! 

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W5Go Health Seasons featuring lessons;

The Food Groups, Hygiene, The 5 Senses, and Mind & Exercise.   

For children 5-8 explore the many ways, we need to take care of our bodies. 
Through interactive scenes and games, your child will learn the 5W’s of maintaining a healthy body. Featuring four unique lessons; The Food Groups, The 5 Senses, Hygiene, and Mind & Body.  

The educational app is designed to enhance the following skills:
– Fine Motor Skills 
– Sorting and classifying
– Hand-eye coordination
– Concentration
– Visual perception
– Vocabulary 20+ Words every lesson