Q&A: How Can I Teach My 3 Year Old to Count?

My three year old knows every movie like Spiderman. He knows Peter Parker and Ben 10, etc., but when it come to counting, he only stops at three, skips numbers 18, 20 and so on. I tried to teach him to count but now I am running out of patience. I told him no more TV until he counts to …

Q&A: Is It Normal for a 4 Year Old to Hold His Book Upside Down?

Is it normal for a boy 4 years and 7 months to hold his book upside down? He also tries to write his name, but from the right hand side to the left. Since your child is under age 5, he is still young and learning very early reading and writing skills. But, most children do learn left from right …

Q&A: How Much Therapy Should My Child with Down Syndrome Receive?

I have a 12 month old little girl with Down Syndrome. We participate in an early intervention program. Currently, she receives 2.5 hours a week of PT,OT, and developmental and 1.5 hour a week of speech. My question is two fold: First, how do you know if your child is receiving good quality therapy, and second, how much therapy should …

Q&A: Best Early Intervention Program For Asperger Syndrome?

My son has Aspergers. We found out 2 months ago. What is the best early intervention program for my son? He is 3-1/2 years old. Most children with Aspergers benefit from a combination of therapies depending on the severity of their disorder. The National Institutes of Health in the USA recommend the following based on their Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet: …

Q&A: 9 Month Old Not Sitting Independently

My son will be 9 months old soon. He does everything he should except for sit up on his own. He crawls, he pulls himself up on things, he will sit up on his knees with his feet under his rear – but he will not sit up on his own on his rear with his feet in front of …

Q&A: 8 Month Old Underweight and Not Drinking Milk

I have a neighbor that has an 8 month old child. The baby can hardly turn over, or hold his bottle. She refuses to put him on his tummy and when I’m around I make him lay that way. She doesn’t like it because he fusses while on his tummy. He can’t push himself up at all. He can barely …

Q&A: 19 Month Old Not Crawling or Standing

We have a neighbor who’s 19-month old seems to be having quite a bit of delay in a few areas. We’ve mentioned it to the parents and they are certain they just need to be patient and she will eventually learn to crawl and walk. I spent 3 hours with her recently. I have an 18-month old who was with …

Fine Motor Skills for Preschoolers 30 – 36 Months

Most Three Year Olds Can: String four large beads Turn single pages Snip with scissors Hold crayons with thumb and finger (not fist) Use one hand consistently in most activities Imitate circular, vertical, and horizontal strokes Paint with some wrist action.  Make dots, lines, and circular strokes Roll, pound, squeeze, and pull clay Build tower of up to 9 cubes …

Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers 24 – 30 Months

By 30 Months, most toddlers can: Fold paper in half Imitate simple pencil markings, such as a cross Build a tower up to 8 cubes Understand common dangers, such as stairs Parenting Tips to Encourage Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers: You can help with toddler developmental milestones.  Suggested play ideas to help develop fine motor skills for toddlers are: Fresh squeezed tastes best. Cut …

Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers 20 – 24 Months

At 20 – 24 months, your toddler’s fine motor skills will be refining.  Your toddler is able to make circular scribbles and imitate vertical lines. Crayons are held between thumb and fingers. During play, he or she manipulates shapes and large puzzle pieces, building with blocks, and scooping independently. Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers | List of Milestones Build a …