Oral Fixation vs. Oral Mouthing — Is There A Difference?

Florence Angelo Child Development, Toddlers 12 - 36 Months

Development of Oral Motor & Oral Sensory Skills Early development of oral motor and oral sensory skills is critical to reaching many childhood milestones. The oral motor and sensory experiences a child has as an infant and toddler can directly impact development in the following areas: Oral-motor strength and coordination Speech and language Feeding and eating behaviors Self-soothing and sleep …

Florence AngeloOral Fixation vs. Oral Mouthing — Is There A Difference?
Oral fixation in children | D2DP

Oral Fixation in Children | Oral Fixation Disorder & Treatment

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

Does Your Child Have An Oral Fixation? Why do some children continue to have an almost obsessive need to put things into their mouths often past the age where it is deemed appropriate? An oral fixation in children is common at a young age, but past a certain age can be a sign of something more. (Read more about general …

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Q&A: How Can I Help my Child with Oral Fixation?

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

How can I minimize my 3 1/2 year old’s oral fixation? He sucks his thumb, never took to the pacifier, and was breast fed for three months. His speech is becoming clearer and he has a speech therapist in school. He puts his shirt, cars and balls in his mouth (during soccer game) and he bites when he can’t get …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: How Can I Help my Child with Oral Fixation?
Four Year Old Won't Stop Thumb Sucking

Q&A: Four Year Old Won’t Stop Thumb Sucking

Tamara Guo Behavior, Challenging Behavior

Our four-year old has his thumb in his mouth most of his waking hours. We’ve tried talking it over with him, the Thumb Buddy, books and stories about thumb sucking. His dentist talked to him about it approximately six months ago, too. None of these things have worked. We’re open to getting a professional evaluation but don’t know where to …

Tamara GuoQ&A: Four Year Old Won’t Stop Thumb Sucking

Q&A: 4 Year Old Won’t Stop Chewing Objects

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

I have a 4 1/2 year old niece who chews on anything and everything. Her biting of objects seems to be getting worse. She chews toys, crayons, furniture, etc. She recently leaned over and bit the family’s couch and put a hole in the leather. All of her dolls have chewed up feet and hands. She chews holes in the …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: 4 Year Old Won’t Stop Chewing Objects

Q&A: How to Break A Comfort Habit?

Day2DayParenting Behavior

My five year old daughter has a habit of playing with my elbow, that is, the skin over the elbow when its extended. She developed this habit around the time I weaned her off breast-milk, at about 13 months of age. Since then she has had the need to do this at the same time as sucking her own tongue. …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: How to Break A Comfort Habit?
sensory processing disorder symptoms

Q&A: Does My Toddler Have Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms?

Tamara Guo Child Development

My son is 3 years and 3 months old. He is funny and very outgoing, but he has always been aggressive in his play, when expressing frustration, and sometimes when expressing love. Like many toddlers, he hits or kicks when frustrated. He started school (two days/week for two hours) when he was two. The transition was difficult; he would cry …

Tamara GuoQ&A: Does My Toddler Have Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms?

Q&A: My 2 Year Old is Biting at Day Care

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

I need to know how to handle my two year old when she is biting at day care. The owner of the center is threatening to remove her if this problem continues. Biting is a very common behavior in toddlers and really, among developmentalists is considered a “typical” though challenging behavior or stage that some (not all) children go through. …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: My 2 Year Old is Biting at Day Care