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Preparing Kids for Medical Appointments

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Expected Behavior by Age, Medical Appointments, Parent Routines

Children learn pretty quickly that when they are out in public, you are less likely to scold, or discipline them because of all the other people around. You may be more likely to “give in” at that moment just to stop the screaming. Sometimes kids may take advantage of this by saving their best tantrum for the grocery store line …

Day2DayParentingPreparing Kids for Medical Appointments
when kids say bad words

What To Do When Little Kids Say “Bad” Words

Tamara Guo Behavior, Challenging Behavior

The first time that your toddler uttered a swear word, it undoubtedly caught everyone by surprise and might have even made people laugh. Why do little kids say bad words? Because they often get a BIG reaction (be it positive or negative) from the big people in their lives.  They may have heard an older sibling say a swear word, …

Tamara GuoWhat To Do When Little Kids Say “Bad” Words
selective mutism

Language Delay or Selective Mutism?

Katie Blauth Behavior, Child Development, Expected Behavior by Age

This question comes up very often when a child seems to understand everything you tell her, yet she isn’t talking.  Many parents report that they feel that their child is able to talk, but is refusing to do so. Selective Mutism Characteristics of selective mutism are described by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as: consistent failure to speak in specific …

Katie BlauthLanguage Delay or Selective Mutism?
toddler hitting

Why is My Toddler Hitting?

Stephanie Saikaly Behavior, Challenging Behavior

We have heard it before: My toddler just started hitting!  Rest assured, you are not alone if this is something you have encountered.  It is often a “phase” that toddlers may experiment with during interactions or play.  However, for some children it could require further investigation as to what may be the cause of this behavior and how to prevent …

Stephanie SaikalyWhy is My Toddler Hitting?
preventing tantrums

Preventing Tantrums at the Store

Stephanie Saikaly Behavior, Challenging Behavior, Errands, Parent Routines

You are perusing the aisles at Target (or insert the name of your favorite store) and you hear a child screaming for a candy bar at the checkout counter. Now, what if the above-described child is YOUR child?  This is when we need to consider intervention strategies. How can we avoid that embarrassing supermarket meltdown from happening in the first …

Stephanie SaikalyPreventing Tantrums at the Store
sensory issues or temperament

Child Behaviors: Are They Due to Sensory Issues or Temperament?

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Child Development, Expected Behavior by Age

As a mother, therapist, friend, and neighbor, I hear people say all the time, “Oh he/she is the best baby…he/she never cries, fusses, puts anything in his/her mouth, and can sleep through a train driving through our house.” Or I may hear the opposite, “He/she will only sleep if it is totally silent, cries all the time, and never seems …

Day2DayParentingChild Behaviors: Are They Due to Sensory Issues or Temperament?
separation anxiety

Q&A: 3 Year Old Has Separation Anxiety

Day2DayParenting Behavior

My daughter recently turned 3. She still nurses and sleeps in our bed, which is fine with me. I am worried about her separation anxiety. It started around 10 months and got worse until about 13 months (she would scream as I took 2 min. showers while her dad hugged her on the other side of the glass). At 17 …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: 3 Year Old Has Separation Anxiety
late talking toddlers

Helpful Strategies for Apraxia of Speech or Late Talking Toddlers

Rinda Graybill Behavior, Child Development, Expected Behavior by Age

In our previous article, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, we discussed some characteristics of suspected apraxia of speech in toddlers.  To redefine childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), it is a motor speech disorder.  A child who has CAS will have difficulty planning motor movements for speech production.  So, what does this mean?  A child with CAS will often know what they …

Rinda GraybillHelpful Strategies for Apraxia of Speech or Late Talking Toddlers
hand holding tips for toddlers

Hand Holding Tips for Parents with Toddlers

Stephanie Saikaly Behavior, Child Routines, Discipline, Parent Routines

Holding your toddler’s hand can be one of the most beautiful connections between caregivers and children.  Yet, what if your toddler/child simply refuses to hold your hand?  What are we do to when we need to guide them or protect them from danger?  This is a topic often covered in sessions with my families who are concerned with safety and …

Stephanie SaikalyHand Holding Tips for Parents with Toddlers