Let Freedom Ring

During a patriotic week, I’d like to bring up the topic of freedom. And the fact that with it, kids can do great things. We all want our children to succeed. We want our toddlers to obey rules without tantrums. We want our preschoolers to get along and share. And we want our school-aged children [...]

The Price of Parenthood

Two weeks ago I attended a team meeting for a family that receives early intervention services. Their little girl, Donna, gets individual instruction with me each week. As the meeting was concluding, a team member asked Donna’s mom if she was looking forward to the holidays. “Not at all,” Donna’s mother replied frankly. “I can’t [...]

The Power of Parental Approval

As a parent, you often struggle to motivate your child. You wonder: How do I get him/her to work harder, to behave, to listen to my directions? You use charts and prizes and treats to motivate your child. But what you probably underestimate is how much your child wants your approval. Your support alone is [...]

Staying Home, Staying Positive

Although being a stay-at-home Mom is naturally rewarding, it has its challenges too. One of those challenges, perhaps the biggest challenge of all, is winter. Because as much as you love your infant or toddler, you probably don’t love being cooped up together, all day, every day. It’s hard to get out in the cold. [...]

The Demanding Child

The demanding child. Almost every family has one. Very often the eldest in the family, but not always, the demanding child makes you want to tear your hair out. I’ll never forget that phase in time (it seemed to last forever) when my two-year-old son would wail “Caaaarrry me! Caaaarrry me!” demanding to be held [...]

Holiday Bonkers | When Sensory Processing Disorder and the Holidays Collide

For most of us, it’s a happy time of year. The holidays bring joy, draw families together, and create lasting memories for your children. But for children with sensory processing disorder, these fun-filled times can be a living nightmare. Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding [...]

Living With Difficult People

Have you ever had an annoying roommate or coworker? Difficult people have habits that just drive you nuts. They throw their socks on the floor, chew too loud, stand too close when they’re talking to you, or just say all the wrong things at the wrong times. Everyone has had a time when they had [...]

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 to Boost Cognitive Skills

Before your baby is born, you probably spent a good deal of time wondering about the future. Will your baby be a girl or a boy? What color hair/eyes/ skin will s/he have? And most of all, will s/he be “smart”? All parents want their baby to be smart. And the infant product market is [...]

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 [...]