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When Things Don’t Feel Right. Your Toddler and Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a disorder of the sensory systems.  Basically, things don’t feel right.  SPD can effect any or all of the sensory systems.  These include the systems that govern vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell, balance and motor function.  SPD can be a symptom of a larger disorder, such as autism, or itRead more

Fine Motor Activities From Dollar Tree

Have you been told that your child has weak fine motor skills?  There are many things you can do to practice them at home.  In fact, look no further than your neighborhood Dollar Tree.  Beloved by teachers everywhere, Dollar Tree is a treasure trove of art supplies, figurines, sorting materials and seasonal decorations.  On aRead more

Great Holiday Gifts That Target Fine Motor Skills

  Fine Motor Skills.  So easy for some and so hard for others.  Does your child crawl under the table when his preschool teacher asks him to use scissors or a pencil?  Is his pincer grasp getting him down? Never fear!  Each of these toys and games were chosen because they have the wonderful abilityRead more

Preventing After School Meltdowns

Jenna is a kindergartener who loves school.  She enthusiastically goes each day and is one of the more engaged students in the class.  By all accounts, her first month of kindergarten has been a huge success and her parents are relieved and happy that all is well at school. But once Jenna gets home, thingsRead more

Beautiful Etsy Toys That Inspire Independent Play

Etsy is a virtual treasure chest of gorgeous toys.  Who needs the big box stores when you can buy from independent and creative people who actually design and handcraft these things, right?  But toys have to do more than look pretty. They have to be durable enough to withstand years of play and they need toRead more

Night Terrors? Try The Lully Sleep Guardian

Night terrors.  If you’ve never experienced them, you may think they are no big deal, similar to a bad dream.  But if you are one of the many parents who have a toddler with night terrors, you understand why they are called “night terrors” because your child is out of their mind, inconsolable, and completelyRead more

Fun Social Emotional Videos (Volume One)

If you are like most parents, you have a certain “reliance” on YouTube.  Perhaps its when you are waiting on a prescription at the drugstore and your child is restlessly taking magazines off of the shelf.  Perhaps its when you are trying to get dinner on the table.  Perhaps its waiting on a flight atRead more

How Does Her Face Look? Teaching Your Child to Read Facial Expressions.

A social skill that we adults often take for granted is the ability to decipher how someone is feeling by reading his or her facial expressions.  We probably do this multiple times a day without giving it a second thought.   Interestingly, it is not a skill that most are born with.  It takes lotsRead more

Preparing Your Child For An IV

Having a young child undergo a medical procedure is a stressful experience for children and parents alike.  One of the best ways to support your child is to prepare them for the experience ahead of time.  Preparing children for experiences lessens anxiety and increases coping skills An IV stands for intravenous—when fluids or medicines areRead more

Preparing Your Child For A Blood Draw

Having a young child undergo a medical procedure is a stressful experience for children and parents alike.  One of the best ways to support your child is to prepare them for the experience ahead of time.  Preparing children for experiences lessens anxiety and increases coping skills. Sometimes doctors need to check a person’s blood toRead more