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
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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?
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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
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
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What’s Wrong with W Sitting in Children?

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior, Child Development

Do you see your child or someone else’s child sitting with their bottom on the floor and their legs out beside them, forming a “W” shape? This is commonly called “W sitting.” You may think “wow, look how flexible they are.” Although flexibility in your muscles is a good thing, “W” sitting is not.

Day2DayParentingWhat’s Wrong with W Sitting in Children?
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Child Reactions: Sensory Issues or Behavior Driven?

Janet Watkiss Behavior, Challenging Behavior, Child Development

Many parents and therapists alike can be perplexed by whether or not a child’s behaviors are resulting from sensory processing dysfunction or behavior driven. When living or working with infants or toddlers, this can be especially difficult until they are able to express their wants or needs by actions or words.

Janet WatkissChild Reactions: Sensory Issues or Behavior Driven?
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Head Banging Behaviors in Toddlers

Stephanie Saikaly Behavior, Challenging Behavior

Is Head Banging Indicative of Need for Intervention? As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Developmental Therapist (DV), I hear a lot of questions about behavior related to toddlers and whether head banging might be typical or indicative of more intensive behavior interventions. Recently, the topic of head banging, defined as any hitting or repeated connection with the child’s …

Stephanie SaikalyHead Banging Behaviors in Toddlers