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?

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
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Stress Cues in Infants: Understanding Why Your Baby Is Crying & More

Hillary Thomas Behavior, Child Routines, Expressing Wants & Needs

Why is my baby crying? It can be quite overwhelming to respond to the needs of your new baby let alone know what they need and when.  Why is she crying? Why is she making that face?  I wish she could tell me what she needed.  These are all questions and thoughts that go through every parent’s mind.  The good …

Hillary ThomasStress Cues in Infants: Understanding Why Your Baby Is Crying & More