When Story Time is a Struggle

Many parents want to read with their children, but they find it too stressful, frustrating, or altogether impossible. A parent named Molly confided to me that reading routines with her 18-month old sweetie, Isabelle, are practically nonexistent. “She just won’t sit and listen to a book.” Molly groaned. “If I try to read to her [...]

Get Down and Play!

Do you play with your child? While playtime with an adult is not as much of an existential need as nourishment, attention, and physical touch, it IS a precious opportunity that you don’t want to miss. Playtime presents many ways to help your child develop foundational social skills, develop critical thinking, and enhance language. Play [...]

Spoiler Alert!

Almost every family has one; the adult who just can’t tell a child “no.” Often an individual with a soft spot for children, the spoiler caves on demand and allows himself or herself to be easily manipulated by the child’s whims. The spoiler enjoys pampering, has trouble setting limits, and is instantly overwhelmed by the [...]

Choosing to Communicate

Nick was frustrated. Nick’s mom was frustrated too. Nick is non-verbal, and relies on his mom to figure out what he wants. This adorable, super-active and very self-directed almost-three-year-old was having multiple, drawn-out tantrums every day. It’s common for children to experience feelings of frustration during all stages of development, especially as they become more [...]

The Autism Toolbox

Working in with the 0-3 population, I see many kids who have a diagnosis of autism. Even so, there are so many more children who have not yet been diagnosed and are just “red flagged” for some concerning indicators. These red flags are usually identified with a tool called the M-CHAT, a standard screening used [...]

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, [...]