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24
Mar

Is Your Child A Picky Eater? 5 Simple Strategies for Making Mealtimes Less Stressful

Are mealtimes a source of stress and contention in your home?  Do you feel like a short order cook?  Could you own stock in peanut butter or macaroni and cheese?  All of these and more are common complaints that I hear from parents surrounding mealtimes.  If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, …

10
Mar

Top 10 Spring Break Activities That The Whole Family Can Enjoy Year Round

Spring break is coming up for many schools here in Michigan as well as across the country.  Are you already worrying at night about what you will do to keep your children busy and content over the summer?  If so, then you need not worry any longer.  Below you will find the top 10 spring …

24
Feb

Is Your Child Having Difficulty Talking? When is it time to seek professional advice?

Does your child have trouble finding the right words to say?  Does your child talk, but not make sense?  Does your child have difficulty with the social rules of talking?  These questions are related to your child’s expressive language abilities. Children that have difficulty expressing themselves can become frustrated, which results in withdrawing or acting …

6
Jan

What to Do When Kids Ask “Do I Have To?”

I am sure we have all thought, heard, or said these four little words many times in our lives.  They can be said in many different tones of voice, but essentially boil down to, “I don’t want to do what I need to do right now.”  The reasons behind not wanting to do something can …

16
Dec

Selective Mutism Strategy- Sticker Charts

Sticker charts are something that many children love to see and use. I remember being in school and seeing my chart hanging on the wall with those of other students. I can recall the feeling of great success when I was able to put a sticker on the chart, and the sense of accomplishment when …

23
Nov

Back to the Basics Part II: Time

60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day– not too confusing, right? Well, this is a concept that at times seems foreign to many of the clients I work with. Grasping the idea of time, what it is and how it works, can be exhausting. Much like …

18
Nov

Take a Break When You Have Reached Your Limit

Our local schools had a break recently, and I took some vacation time to be at home with my kids.  We had a great time during our “staycation,” and did lots of fun things around town.  While we were out and about, I observed lots of parents interacting with their children.  It seemed to me …

14
Oct

What is Your Behavior Saying?

Picture this:  You are sitting in an airport waiting for your family member, when you see a young woman emerge from the gateway.  She stops, looks around uncertainly, and then a huge smile spreads across her face as she begins running toward a small group of people waiting a short distance away.  She embraces each …

19
Aug

Responding to Boredom

In my last article, I discussed the benefits of boredom. So it’s okay to be bored from time to time, and it’s important to allow boredom; but what about too much boredom? As summer quickly approaches, it’s important to think about how you are going to respond to “I’m bored” without panicking and handing over …

8
Aug

Back to the Basics Part I: Money

Math these days can be a tricky thing, as simple addition and subtraction problems have changed quite a bit since I was in school– which wasn’t all that long ago. Again and again, I see my clients passing math classes such as algebra, but struggling to add up a quarter and nickel. You would think …

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