The Thera-List

The Thera-List What EI is (and isn’t!)    Yes, you want what’s best for your child. And if that means EI therapy, of course you’re on board. But--just admit it-- you feel kind of strange welcoming a complete stranger into your house.    It doesn’t help matters that your therapist said she’d be coming at [...]

Terrible Tantrums (and Sanity-Saving Strategies)

It’s 9:45 AM and your speech-language pathologist is here for your toddler’s session. She steps through the door, cheerful and smiling, ready to chat with you about your child’s routines and progress. Your toddler is busy watching BabyFirst and barely even notices that her therapist has arrived.  You reach for the remote and turn off the TV, [...]

5 Touchable Toys

She’ll only eat her pasta plain. He’ll wear his sweater IF you rip out the labels. She’s constantly pulling off her socks. Sound familiar? Children with sensory differences can be highly sensitive when it comes to touch. They may crave exposure to certain textures, and avoid others. Finding the right product that provides a calming, [...]

The Art of Learning

Chances are your child is the sun, moon, and stars to you. Every milestone she reaches is cause for celebration. Every accomplishment is the sign of a brilliant future. Her block towers indicate a budding architect. Her scribbles show all the signs of the next Picasso. You know this kid is going places. While you [...]

Great Mistakes

Spilled milk. Mismatched socks. Incorrectly completed homework. From the time they are very young, children begin making mistakes. As a parent, you know what that means: messes, chaos, and a host of other inconveniences. If you are like many parents, you’d rather not deal with the ramifications of your child’s mistakes. You take on the [...]

Holidays and Autism: What You Should Know

Just because your child has autism, that doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing holiday together. Great times lay ahead, and it all begins in your own mind. You, as the parent, set the tone for the holidays with your expectations, preparations, and priorities. Beautiful moments don’t always make themselves, but with a bit of [...]

New Moms, Your Baby Needs Your Touch!

You couldn’t resist touching your baby if you tried! After all, she’s warm and deliciously cuddly and her newborn skin is softer than the silkiest scarf. But did you know you also need to touch your baby? The skin-to-skin contact between newborn and Mom is not only good for her, its goof for you—and it [...]

Work Smarter Not Harder: The Fifteen-Minute Mom

Kids are busy little people. They like to do things, and not just the same old, hum-drum, thinga-ma-bob they were doing five minutes ago. Proactive in this quest, your little person will get up and find something novel to get busy with. Activities abound in your pantry (is that the pasta again?!), in the bathroom [...]

Tots, Toys, and Teethers

Your baby puts everything in her mouth; fingers, toes, and toys, even the little bits of lint that she finds on the floor…ew! It’s natural to find this practice disgusting, and many parents constantly worry about germs and choking. When your baby begins crawling it only gets worse…she can now access just about everything on [...]

Children of Mother Nature

Children are little scientists at heart. They love to explore the world around them, and their curiosity is boundless. With the great outdoors as their classroom, learning is simple, seamless, and almost intuitive. When a child is outside, s/he can touch, taste, smell, hear, and see the world around him. All of the senses are [...]