Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Avoid Mealtime Stress

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Child Routines, Mealtime, Special Needs Diagnoses

Many children experience mealtime problems at some point, including inconsistent appetite, pickiness, fear of new foods, clumsiness with self-feeding, or difficulty sitting still. These challenges are often more pronounced in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition to the social and communication impairments that characterize ASD, there may be difficulties with sensory processing, motor skills, attention, and behavior. For …

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How to Potty Train Your Child With Special Needs

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Parenting a Child with Special Needs, Special Needs Diagnoses

If your child is diagnosed with autism, Down Syndrome, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, or other condition of developmental delay, it may be more difficult to train him or her to use a toilet. Signs Your Child with Special Needs is Ready for Potty Training While most children between 18 months and 3 years of age are ready to learn to …

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Steps to Establishing a Healthy Bedtime Routine

Day2DayParenting Bed Time, Child Routines, Parent Routines, Sleep Routines

Establishing Successful Bedtime Routines Children need to be taught bedtime routines and assisted in maintaining them.  Routines help children fall asleep and stay asleep successfully. Without bedtime routines, young children can feel disorganized and uncomfortable. Here are some ways to help your child feel confident and secure during bedtimes: Start quieting down after dinner. Play quiet games, read books, turn …

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Understanding the Needs of Our Children

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

Is my child trying to get my attention? The phone rings. You answer. Suddenly you hear, “Mommy, mommy, mommy!” while your child is clinging to your leg. A child who is constantly seeking your attention has not learned to enjoy playing for his/her own sake. The best way to deal with this is to ignore the child’s pleas for your …

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engaging children in play to develop gross motor skills

Techniques for Engaging in Play to Develop Gross Motor Skills

Day2DayParenting Child Development

We all know that children learn through play, but sometimes, despite the back flips and cartwheels we try, kids just don’t seem terribly interested in our attempts at engaging them in play. Parenting Tips for Gross Motor Skills Before stepping up your efforts to even more outrageous antics, make sure that all of your child’s basic needs are met. As …

Day2DayParentingTechniques for Engaging in Play to Develop Gross Motor Skills