benefits of crawling

Benefits of Crawling

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Crawling

The crawling stage of a child’s development has many benefits. These include increasing core musculature, overall strength and balance, and coordination in the upper and lower extremities. 1 Crawling allows a child to learn about where their body is in space, and how to navigate around obstacles so they can explore and play in their environment.2 It has also been …

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signs of autism

Speech Delay or Autism? | Signs of Autism

Tamara Guo Child Development, Special Needs Diagnoses

Many parents whose children exhibit speech and language delays are immediately concerned that their child may have autism. In early intervention, we cannot diagnose a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we can only tell a parent if their child is showing developmental delays and if we see certain red flags that may indicate a child needs further evaluation to …

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sensory processing disorder symptoms

Q&A: Does My Toddler Have Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms?

Tamara Guo Child Development

My son is 3 years and 3 months old. He is funny and very outgoing, but he has always been aggressive in his play, when expressing frustration, and sometimes when expressing love. Like many toddlers, he hits or kicks when frustrated. He started school (two days/week for two hours) when he was two. The transition was difficult; he would cry …

Tamara GuoQ&A: Does My Toddler Have Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms?
child development

Child Development: Is My Child Average or Developmentally Behind?

Tamara Guo Child Development

As a therapist, I often hear parents make statements such as “He walked really late, at age 14 months,” or “Her sister was so much farther ahead of her, she was talking in sentences by 18 months.”  It’s natural for parents to compare their child with other children, as well as with older siblings, but is it a good thing? …

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sensory strategies for elementary school

Sensory Strategies for the Elementary School Classroom

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Early School Age

With summer halfway over, perhaps you’re already thinking about Back to School shopping.  In addition to the exciting preparations, you may also be thinking, “How will my child behave in the classroom?  Does his sensory system allow for him to focus on the teacher’s lessons, engage in classroom activities, and attend to tasks?” Children with sensory processing disorder face unique …

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dyspraxia, childhood apraxia

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Rinda Graybill Child Development, Special Needs Diagnoses

Childhood apraxia of speech, or CAS, has many different names.  You may hear verbal apraxia, developmental apraxia of speech, or dyspraxia, among many others.  For purposes of this article, it will be referred to as “Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).” CAS is a motor speech disorder.  A child who has CAS will have difficulty planning motor movements for speech production.  …

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1 Year Old Not Walking or Standing

Q&A: 1 Year Old Not Walking

Tamara Guo Child Development, Walking

My son just turned one. I’m concerned about his gross motor skills. He crawls and can sit up on his own but he doesn’t pull himself up to the standing position. Nor does he attempt to walk. He’s perfectly happy just crawling places. He also did the army crawl for the longest time until switching to a regular all fours …

Tamara GuoQ&A: 1 Year Old Not Walking
vestibular sense

The Vestibular Sense: How It Affects Child Development & Movement

Day2DayParenting Child Development

The vestibular system is involved in balance, coordinating movements and the development of muscle tone. It is also important in maintaining a stable visual image, maintaining attention, and some parts of language development through its interaction with our senses of sight and sound.

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Fine Motor Skills: Finger Isolation

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Infants 3 - 12 Months

One of the things we love to see newborn babies do is discover things.  Around 6 months of age, a rattle will fit comfortably inside the palm of a baby’s hand. Once they discover how much fun it is to shake a rattle, they gradually develop coordination between the index and middle fingers and thumb to grasp small blocks and …

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Infantile Spasms | What to Know as a Parent, Therapist & Caregiver

Tamara Guo Child Development, Infants 3 - 12 Months

Infantile Spasms usually start between the ages of 4 to 8 months and occur in clusters, where often a baby is flexing his arms, legs, trunk or neck. Colic, on the other hand, does not typically occur in clusters and colic is often associated with feeding, where Infantile Spasms are not. Sometimes they are mistaken by parents as a “startle reflex.”

Tamara GuoInfantile Spasms | What to Know as a Parent, Therapist & Caregiver