Is Your Child’s Messy Handwriting Effecting Their Learning?

If your child struggles with messy handwriting, then you as a parent might have more than sloppy handwriting to worry about. Kids who struggle with handwriting tend to worry more about the legibility of their words and forming letters rather than forming ideas and getting them on to paper.  It’s the formulation of ideas and…

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Echolalia: What Is It? How to Work With It

Today, I want to talk to you about Echolalia.  Many kids on the Autism spectrum, and sometimes children who are not on the spectrum, present this.  While you may not have heard the name Echolalia, you have likely encountered it, especially if you have regular involvement with a developmentally delayed child or a child with special needs.…

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When to Be Concerned Radio Clip

This is a small clip from a radio interview. We in healthcare need to learn to trust a mother’s intuition!

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“I hate you Mom!”

Recently, I received an e-mail from a mother in which she included a picture of her son’s bedroom door.  On his door, her son had posted a hand written sign saying, “I hate you mom.”  She explained that her son has some developmental delays, and because of those delays, his behavior can be off at…

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Why Doesn’t My Child’s Therapist Give Me Anything to Work on at Home?

Last week, I discussed the importance of being informed about what is happening in your child’s treatment room. I decided to address this particular question, since I have received multiple e-mails and facebook messages, asking for advice in this area. However, there is a second question I often get asked by parents. “How does my…

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Don’t Know What’s Happening in Your Child’s Therapy?

I have received many responses regarding my last post about whether or not you, as the parent, should be in the therapy room with your child.  Many of you emailed me asking two questions.  The first question many of you asked was “how do I know what is happening in therapy, if I’m not able…

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Should I Stay in the Treatment Room With My Child?

When I evaluate a child for the first time, one of the first questions parents ask me is if they should attend the therapy session as well.  Parents often find themselves awkwardly standing in the waiting room, uncertain if they should go with their child, wondering if they’re allowed to go with their child, or…

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My Child’s Therapist Doesn’t Like Him. What to do?

I wanted to share an email with you, that I received from a parent a few days ago.  In this e-mail, the parent talks about her son who is on the autism spectrum.  He is verbal and communicates very well but, by her own admission, he can be quite challenging in terms of his behavior.…

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Sensory Friendly Vacation Bible School – Part 2

During our sensory friendly vacation Bible school I noticed a not so obvious problem. Our church is fairly large. However, there are only a few hallways which meant they became very crowded and therefore very noisy. Clearly kids who have sensory issues are at the very least going to be bothered, if not overwhelmed. The…

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Want to Try a Sensory Friendly Vacation Bible School? I’ll Help!

I have been getting a lot of questions regarding the sensory friendly Vacation Bible School which I recently completed at the church I attend. I’m happy that so many people are interested and are wanting to do something similar at their church. I’m glad to help! I have put together a manual for you that…

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