I provide information to parents of special needs children.
How Has The Lock Down Affected Your Child's Social Skills?
Have your kids been doing virtual school or going in person? My children are getting ready to head back to school in person from virtual. It's been since March that they've been in school.
Like you I was concerned about the possible drawbacks to such a long "lock down." How would their social skills be impacted? I've put together this episode to help you as you start bringing your kids out of lock down. As always, I welcome your comments and messages!
7 Tips On How To Be The Best Grandparent To A Special Needs Child
One question that I am frequently asked by parents of children with whom I work, is how they as parents should handle the questions and advice that they are often given from members of their own family.
Normally, I would write this article to help the parents of children who have some sort of developmental delay, whether it be autism, downs syndrome, global development delay or sensory processing disorder. However today, I want to talk to another group of you; the aunts, uncles, and especially the grandparents of children with special needs.
Whether a child is born with a disability or disorder, or whether it develops later in life, the child’s special needs are likely to affect the entire family. Grandparents are no exception. Grandparents can and should play a vital role in providing support for their adult children, often helping care for their grandchild. However, moving through this very sensitive area can be challenging. Therefore, my article today will focus on giving you a few tips on how to support your adult child while at the same time, making your time spent with your special needs grandchild more rewarding
So how do you help? We'll talk about that in this episode!
How To Help Your Special Needs Child With Distance Learning
It looks like some form of school will be through virtual and remote learning. This has placed a lot of parents, myself included, in the position of having to sort of "home school" our kids. It's definitely going to be a challenge, but I put together a quick episode on how you can get through it a little easier!
Sensory Processing Disorders: How to tell if your child has one.
I get asked all the time about Sensory Processing Disorders. Parents often want to know if I think their child has one. I always recommend that if you have a concern, then you should seek out an Occupational Therapist who specializes in sensory processing disorders. But if you are unsure whether or not to start that process, I have made a quick episode for you on some of the more common signs of a sensory processing disorder. As always, reach out to me directly if you need help!
How do your digital habits affect your kids? It's unfortunately not what you think.
I talk a lot about how a child's screen time affects their development. But have you though about how YOUR screen time affects your kids? In this episode I explain some of the effects your digital usage has on your children and what you can do about it!
Is your child ready for kindergarten? Here’s how to tell!
It’s July, and that means, the beginning of school is (hopefully) around the corner. If you’re like my wife and myself, you are desperately praying that schools open this fall!
If it’s time for your child to enter kindergarten for the first time, this may be a day that you’ve been looking forward to. Or, for some of you, the thought of your child entering kindergarten might bring some anxiety.
It’s kindergarten! And it’s the first step in a long series of educational milestones.
However, as excited as you and your child might be, it’s perfectly normal to question if your child is ready for this big step. Today’s kindergarten classroom looks very different from the one you and I remember. How can we as parents know if our little one is ready?
Most districts have a cut- off date for kindergarten enrollment. When they reach a certain age, they must enroll. There is a little bit of wiggle room that allows you to wait to enroll until the following year. But, how do you know whether or not to hold them back?
As parents, we’re often not the best judge of readiness, simply because we can be plagued by anxieties. We might worry that they’ll get lost in the crowd, not have any friends, get picked on by others, or not be able to keep up with instruction!
Keep in mind, there are some basic guidelines to help you determine if your child is ready.
You need to consider your child’s age and maturity. Most of us think the magic number is the age of 5 for starting kindergarten. Most children enroll at the age of 5, but just because your child is the right age, doesn’t mean they are automatically ready for school.
In this episode we look at a list of signs that can help you determine whether or not your child is ready for kindergarten.