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

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?