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

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
w sitting day to day parenting

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?
head banging toddler

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

Q&A: 3 Year Old Throws Terrible Fits At Night

Tamara Guo Behavior, Challenging Behavior

My three year old has been throwing terrible fits at night. It starts if I tell her to do something she doesn’t want something as simple as bubbles in the bath. It turns into AN HOUR OF HER CRYING. I send her to her room until she can stop but she don’t stop she just acts worse. She throws toys. …

Tamara GuoQ&A: 3 Year Old Throws Terrible Fits At Night

Q&A: My Child is Aggressive in Preschool

Tamara Guo Behavior, Challenging Behavior

My child does great at school but she is just aggressive. She turned 3 in February and is the youngest in her preschool class. The other kids are turning 4. The problem is there is a new teacher in her class and my child has picked up a very aggressive behavior toward her friends. I don’t know what to do.  …

Tamara GuoQ&A: My Child is Aggressive in Preschool