Uncontained! The Ins and Outs of Container Play

Congratulations on your baby’s first birthday! This is a big deal! You sing “Happy Birthday” and let little Princess sink her hands into her birthday cake, while you post enough photos and videos to overload your social media account. Your baby’s first birthday is a special time; a time to reflect on how much she’s [...]

Comfortable in Their Own Skin: Understanding Your Child’s Sensory and Motor Needs

Bill and Leslie are the parents of a two-year- old daughter, Dora. Bill’s mom stopped by for a visit. She brought Dora a new sweater; a pink thing all pretty with embroidery and embellishments. Eager to please grandma, Leslie dutifully tried the sweater on Dora, tugging the woolen garment on over her daughter’s head. But [...]

I Am Your Child with Autism

Mom, Dad, Hi. I am your child with autism. My play doesn’t look like the play of other kids my age. They’re all stacking wooden blocks, driving toy cars, and cooking with pretend food. When I play, I run back and forth, jump up and down on my tippy-toes, and make grunting sounds. I’m happy [...]

The ABCs of ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis

If your child has a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, or you suspect that your child may have an autism spectrum disorder, chances are your child would benefit from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. It may be that your child is already receiving services, but a clearer understanding of ABA and how it works [...]

Sensory Mediums for Your Toddler and Preschooler

I’ve written and talked many times about the importance of sensory experiences for toddlers and preschoolers. Children use their senses to learn about the world, regulate their bodies and behavior, and connect to the environments in which they live and play. A variety of sensory experiences enriches your child’s life with new developmental opportunities. So [...]

4 Reasons Why Your Child May Not Be Talking

Whenever I begin home visits for early intervention with a new child, the parents often pepper me with questions. Is this normal? Why isn’t my child talking? Does this mean something is wrong with him/her? Will s/he have a successful future? It is understandable that parents feel overwhelmed when their child has a language delay. [...]

Home Remedies for Developmental Issues

Everyone has at least one of “that kind” of a friend. The home remedies type. The one who tells you to cook up a stew of elderberry tea and lemon juice when you have a cold. And put garlic in your baby’s ear to prevent ear infections. Well, if you think you’re about to get [...]

Four Signs of a Great Early Intervention Therapist

If your child receives services in Philadelphia’s 0-3 early intervention system, you are entitled to therapy that is family based, located in the child’s natural environment, and culturally respectful. And, as any parent would, you want and deserve the best for your child; a therapist that excels in his or her field. So what makes [...]

Top Toys For Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills are the ones most often taken for granted by parents. Everyone assumes the baby will just “learn” to sit, crawl, and walk in a natural way without much assistance. This is true for many infants and toddlers, who reach their milestones without much attention or fanfare at all. Still, others need additional [...]

Top Toys For Self-Help Skills

Infants and toddlers are developing what we call adaptive skills or self-help skills. This developmental domain encompasses a great variety of skill subsets. Within this area, children learn to self-feed first with fingers and then a utensil, learn to dress and undress, as well as toilet training, brushing teeth, and helping with overall hygiene. In [...]