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May

Reading And It’s Impact On Language Development: Why is it so important to start early?

Is an infant or toddler interested in books?  Does s/he like looking at the pictures in books or magazines?  Does your child seem curious about the words on the page? These questions reflect the importance of introducing books early on in a child’s life. Recent studies have shown that infants make more attempts to communicate …

12
May

What is Nonverbal Communication Anyway? What do I do if my child isn’t using it?

Does your child use more than one or two facial expressions?  Does your child ever use gestures to help others understand him?  Does your child use different tones of voice?  Can your child control her vocal volume?  Is your child able to orient to the person talking?  Does your child understand personal space?  If any …

28
Apr

Is Your Child Struggling With Reading? What is the cause?

Does your child have difficulty with reading?  Does she/he seem disinterested in books?  Does it feel like pulling teeth to spend just 5 minutes reading with your child?  These questions are related to your child’s ability to read the words and process the information that is being read. Children that have difficulty with reading may …

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 …

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