The Biting Bug

You’re snuggling your toddler against your shoulder. Both of you are feeling cuddly, giggly, and very close. And then, suddenly, ouch. His tiny little sharp teeth dig right into your flesh and bite down, hard. You scream in pain, and your body reflexively arches away from him. Your baby jerks off your shoulder, falls away, [...]

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 [...]

The Essential Four

It’s been a busy week. Between my work, writing, and community obligations, I feel as if I have barely seen my children. I never intended to be that kind of Mom, and I’m not happy about missing out on family time. It was just that kind of week. We all have times like that. Life [...]

Drama Queen Mom

I’ve always had somewhat of a flair for the dramatic. I always drove family members crazy by singing, dancing, and acting my way through life. But when I became a mother, the stresses of life subverted my dramatic tendencies for a while. Until I discovered a vital piece of information about children; and it gave [...]

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 [...]

Your Child Still Needs Your Touch

Mr. Tough Guy Still Needs Mommy’s Touch Kathy’s son Jason was seven years old and chronically jealous of his younger brother, Matt, who was three. Although Jason was talented, smart, socially successful and athletic, and Matt was sweet and easygoing, Jason just seemed to have it in for Matt. He just couldn’t stand his [...]

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. [...]