Sensory processing is one of the most important areas to understand, especially if you have a child on the autism spectrum. Imagine your child’s state of regulation as a seesaw. A balanced seesaw represents a regulated sensory system. If your child’s seesaw is balanced, this means that your child is in his optimal learning zone. A child who is in his optimal learning zone is ready to learn.
A question that is frequently asked by parents is: will teaching my child sign language stunt his or her verbal speech development? Parents are often conflicted with this question. With misinformation coming from all sources and inconsistent advice, it becomes difficult knowing which path is the right one to take when it comes to your child’s speech development.
First, let’s debunk the myth that teaching sign language to a chil...
Myth: Children who are bilingual talk later than children who are only learning one language.
Truth: Children who are bilingual or multilingual should hit the same developmental milestones as children who are only exposed to one language. These milestones include saying one word by age one, and using two word phrases by age two.
What is normal for bilingual or multilingual speakers?
Late talkers are children who have good comprehension, but a limited number of spoken words. Research shows that 70-80% of late talkers will catch up to their peers. Those odds sound pretty good, right? Think about the reverse. This means that 20-30% of late talkers will not catch up to their peers. They w...
You’re at a red light. The light turns green. After a second passes, the driver in front of you hasn’t started to move. Do you a) honk and yell or b) take a breath a wait a few seconds? Let me guess: you’ve done both.
How you handle yourself in that moment depends on your self-regulation and your coping skills. How you act will also depend on what has happened in your day thus far and what kind of mood you are in....
Floortime can be a life-changing approach for kids with autism and their families. Through Floortime, we encourage and support the child, but at the same time, challenge him to become a creative, flexible, independent thinker. Learning the Floortime approach changed me. It changed my way of thinking, it changed the way I interacted, it changed my entire view of children with autism. If your child has been diagnosed with autism...
It is never too early to begin teaching your child mindfulness. Mindfulness can help to decrease anxiety, promote happiness, and cultivate resilience. Mindfulness gives your child the beauty of being present in the moment.
Mindfulness with Babies
Model mindfulness. The best way to teach mindfulness at this age to is be present in the moment with your baby without any distractions. Put down your phone and engage with your baby. B...
Expressive and receptive language are frequently occurring terms when discussing a child’s language development. But what do they mean?
Expressive Language refers to sounds, words, and actions we use to communicate our message to others. This can be verbal (e.g., statements we make, questions we ask) or nonverbal (e.g., facial expressions, gestures). Expressive language skills include:
Parents tend to say “no” much more often throughout the day than “yes”. And isn’t it exhausting?
Telling your children “no” and “stop” all the time is not only hard on you, but it is discouraging for your children to constantly hear what they are doing is wrong. Furthermore, saying “stop” or “no” doesn’t give them enough information. It leaves them to wonder what they should stop doing.