Most pediatricians recommend switching from breast milk or formula to cow’s milk at age 1. Many parents think the easiest way to make this transition is by giving their child cow’s milk in a bottle, and when their babies refuse the bottle with cow’s milk, parents grow concerned. Babies very commonly refuse cow’s milk from the bottle; so if this happens with your child, do not be alarmed! This is actually the perfect time to we...
Muscle strength and endurance enables children to perform every day activities. Adequate muscle strength and endurance is important for both gross motor skills such as carrying a backpack, walking, and playing on the playground, and fine motor skills such as writing, cutting, and brushing teeth.
Foundational building blocks for developing muscle strength and coordination include:
How often do we sit down at the dinner table, ask our kids "how was your day?", and hear "good" as a response? We have been away from our kids all day, and we would love to hear about everything they did that day, but how do we ask questions that warrant more than a one word response?
Step 1: Ask the right questions. Asking your child specific questions will get you specific answers.
Counting down is one of the most commonly used strategies for transitioning children. For instance, in the classroom, your child might hear his teacher say “In 5 more minutes we are going to clean up and go outside.”
However, children who have developmental delays such communication difficulties, sensory processing issues, and autism, often have more difficulty transitioning than other children. And for these kids, a countdown...
Even small breathing disturbances can hugely affect children’s academic performance, behavior, social relationships, and extracurricular activities. For most of us, unimpeded breathing occurs automatically throughout the day. However, we spend approximately one-third of our lives asleep, and the way we breathe during this time can have significant implications on the quality of our waking hours.
Open-mouth breathing affects nearly 55% of children. Open-mouth breathing can have significant effects on your child’s:
a) oral-structural development
c) clarity of speech, and
For closed-mouth breathers, our tongue rests up against our hard palate, which helps to maintain its flat shape. Open-mouth breathers’ tongues rest in the lower jaw. When the tongue does not rest on the hard p...