Ask the Expert - Early Intervention
Navigating Toddler Tantrums
Navigating Toddler Tantrums My toddler throws major tantrums when he is mad. He bumps his head against the wall which scares me. I’m afraid he will hurt himself and so I give in. It is very upsetting to see your child hurt himself while throwing a tantrum (or having a meltdown). In this situation, most […]
Benefits of Baby Wearing
The Benefits of Baby Wearing As it gets closer to my due date, I am getting more and more curious about the benefits of babywearing. Is it just a trend or are there benefits? When a baby is “worn” or carried in a sling or other form of wrap it is called “babywearing.” It has […]
Gardening with your toddler
Cultivating a love of gardening with your toddler Even before the age of two, a toddler can be inspired by… interact with… and make discoveries in the garden. With a little planning, the two of you can have a fun and productive experience working together. Prepare for activity The best time to garden with a […]
Entertaining your toddler on a budget
Entertaining your toddler on a budget There are many ways to entertain your toddler for very little to no cost. Here are five cost effective and fun toddler activities: Baker’s Man Your toddler may not be old enough to use a mixer or flour sifter, but could probably take charge of the cookie sprinkles. Bake […]
My Toddler’s Favorite Word is NO!
Tips for decreasing the number of times your child says the word NO.
Recognizing postpartum depression
Recognizing Postpartum Depression Having a baby is one of those life-changing events that can rock your world in ways both good and bad. On the plus side, you finally get to know that tiny newborn that you fantasized about throughout your pregnancy. On the not-so-good side, you have to take care of that adorable (and […]
gift giving and receiving
A gift by definition must be both given and received. Learning how to receive gifts with gratitude is a skill that must be taught. Remind kids that time and thought went into picking out their gift. It’s important to be polite by opening the gift with a sense of joy and then expressing thanks. Skills […]
Is it okay to use “baby talk”?
Is it okay to use “baby talk”? Absolutely! Infants naturally respond to exaggerated intonation. Using a high pitched, sing-song voice will help to maintain their attention and interest in you. When your baby begins to coo and babble, make the same sounds, too. Try to keep the vocal interaction going back and forth. You’ll be […]
Why Teach Sign Language to Hearing Toddlers
The simplest answer for teaching sign language to hearing toddlers is that it allows babies and toddlers to EXPRESS before they are able to speak. Toddlers are able to control hand gestures and motions much earlier than they can control and coordinate lips, tongues and voices. Signing allows them to communicate before they can talk. This reduces frustration […]
My child doesn’t want to talk
Yes, not wanting to talk may very well be normal for your child. All children progress at their own pace and on their own schedule. Some children are interested in being verbal. They are truly motivated by talking and imitating adult speech. Some children are not really talking, but enjoy interacting. Many children want to […]