Playgrounds have been my lifesaver as a new parent. They are just such a great way to have a play date without having to clean your house or spend any money! We’ve been taking B to them since she started crawling. But most importantly I love playgrounds for the language and social skills learning opportunities… Continue reading Playgrounds & Social Skills for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Does your toddler have a doctor's appointment coming up? Use the experience to your advantage and start teaching the vocabulary BEFORE they get to the office! Pre-teaching the vocabulary makes your child familiar with the terms, understand the sequence, and gives them words to attach to what is happening. For the doctor's office, I recommend… Continue reading Preparing Your Toddler For A Doctor’s Appointment Through Play
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"He doesn't look at me when I talk to him"... One of the most common phrases we hear from parents or teachers when doing and autism evaluation. Goals for teaching eye contact are found frequently on Individualized Education Plans and this is often practiced by making cues (visually by pointing or a picture card, or… Continue reading Teaching the Purpose of Eye Contact
During this time of uncertainty we’ve been asked to practice “Social Distancing”. Schools are cancelling nationwide, restaurants are closing, and at home play dates are being discouraged. Here is a short list of some things you can do to have social interactions and practice those social skills while also protecting those you love by using… Continue reading Social Skills While Social Distancing
As mothers at home with our kids (full time, part time, or “just” on nights and weekends) we crave social interactions with others in similar stages of life. And our kids are (almost) always happier when they are around other children. But hosting a play date can feel overwhelming and bring out all kinds of… Continue reading Hosting a Language Focused Play Date
Using where they're at to set realistic expectations in play Children show their first signs of social interactions with a social smile at about 4 weeks old. However, it's not until age 2 that your child will begin to truly play with peers their same age, not just their caregivers (Scott, 2020). Prior to 2… Continue reading Tips for Getting Toddlers to Play Together
You get home from the hospital with your new bundle of joy and are so excited (anxious/happy/terrified?!)....to do a lot of feeding, diaper changes, and watching them sleep. It's a whirlwind of emotions. If you're like me, you TRIED to create structure in your day by reading, doing tummy time, and singing/walking/etc. between all of… Continue reading A Social Newborn?!