Tag - Child Development


Do you have any information or suggestions of where we can get information or options we should consider for future guardianship?

Question: I’m not sure if you can answer this question for me or not, but it’s something that has been on my mind as my son is getting older. He is going to turn 16 years old in November and my husband and I are unsure what we may need to do as far as …


The Little Engine that Could

In the last few months, the idea of persistence and resiliency has continued to surface in many aspects of my life.  This brings to mind the classic children’s story The Little Engine that Could.  When the train was struggling to make it up the big hill, he didn’t give up; but repeated the phrase, “I …


Ask the Horizons Team: How to make eye contact with your child

Question: My child only looks at me when I tell him to. I do not want to continue to prompt him. What do I do? -Marilyn in Traverse City, MI


I Have A Problem!

I just finished reading a blog post about teaching kids problem solving skills. The author started her post with a series of pictures showing how her daughter had solved a problem. The mom asked her daughter about her solution and why she hadn’t tried some different ideas. Although the mom felt that the solution wasn’t …


Ask the Horizons Team: Ideas for engaging birthday gifts

Question: My son’s 12th birthday coming up in a few weeks and I’m stumped about what to get him. I don’t want to get him anything related to video games/”screen time” since we have really worked on limiting his exposure to that. I’m looking for some ideas of engaging activities that he could enjoy on …


Ask the Horizons Team: Do you treat children with feeding problems?

Question: My child is a picky eater. He eats only a handful of things, mainly carbs. This seems to be his only issue. He does well in school and has friends. My question is whether you treat only kids with autism or if you also treat kids who just have a feeding problem? Kathy in …


Ask the Horizons Team: Games to help stay focused on activities

Question: I am looking for some new games to play with my boys, ages 9 and 10. Both are very intelligent but struggle with staying focused on activities not of their choosing. They also have some visual processing challenges we are trying to improve. Any ideas would be appreciated! -Rachel in Michigan


Let’s Pretend!

Watching pretend play begin to develop can be so much fun!  Typically, when a child first begins to pretend it is by watching a parent or another child, and then imitating what they have done.  This may be something as simple as taking a block and scooting it across the floor while making “vroom” sounds.  …


Ask the Horizons Team: Vitamins and Supplements for Kids

Question: I have a question about vitamins and supplements that I hope you can help with.  My kids have tons of food sensitivities and full-blown allergies, and I’m trying to find some supplements that they can take that do not have lots of additives or ingredients that trigger problems for them.  So far most of …


“Not Now” Doesn’t Mean “Never”: Expectations for Children with Autism and Related Disorders

My husband and I had three sons when our daughter joined our family.  I was thrilled with the idea of finally being able to put one of my children in dresses, buy cute little shoes, and do her hair.  After three boys, it was time for me to have another female in the house to …

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