How to Successfully Partner with Families of Children with Disabilities

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A summary of an article entitled “The 5-Point Plan: Fostering Successful Partnerships with Families of Students with Disabilities” by Caitlin C. Edwards & Alexandra Da Fonte that appeared in the Jan/Feb. 2012 Issue of Teaching Exceptional Children. This CEC Journal article was geared toward school age children, but the underlying purpose of its message applies very well to early intervention …

Q&A: My Child is Very Restless

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My son is 4 years old and his teacher says that he is a very intelligent child but very restless and he does not concentrate in the work given in school. Please suggest what do I do about his restlessness in school as well as at home and how do I increase his concentration?

Baby Exercise Equipment & Development

CME WebsitesAppropriate Toys, Child Development, Resources

Walkers, Exersaucers & Jumpers: Is There an Impact on a Baby’s Development? More and more baby “exercise equipment” becomes available to parents every year and often parents ask us questions during therapy sessions and evaluations such as “Should I get a walker for my baby?” or “Will using a bouncer help strengthen my babies leg muscles?”. You will find varying …

Institutional vs. Home Life for a Newly Adopted Child

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How an Institutional Setting Differs from a Warm, Home Environment If you adopt a child who has been living in an institutional setting, keep in mind that its often hard for children in these settings to become attached to their caregivers. The caregivers rotate in shifts and there are usually too few of them. A shortage of adult caregivers means …

Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Avoid Mealtime Stress

CME WebsitesChild 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 …

How to Potty Train Your Child With Special Needs

CME WebsitesChild 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 …

Steps to Establishing a Healthy Bedtime Routine

CME WebsitesBed 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 …

Understanding the Needs of Our Children

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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 …