What You Should Know About Echolalia - Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may not only have trouble with fine motor skills, but they might even have the habit of echolalia. Echolalia is the act of copying what you've heard. Your child might copy words immediately after they hear them or they may use it later on after remembering something they previously heard. While some children don't Continue Reading
Activities for Isolating Finger Movements - Finger isolation is where your child can move each finger one at a time. Babies move their fingers all at the same time, however, as they develop, they start learning how to move each finger individually. Isolating finger movements is essential in the development of fine motor skills. Having this ability contributes to efficient typing on a keyboard, grasping a Continue Reading
How to Help My Special Needs Child Adjust to Daycare - Transitions can be difficult for younger children, particularly those with sensory processing disorders or those not fond of change altogether. Transitioning into daycare is no exception. But, depending on your child and family situation, they might not have any problems with a new daycare situation. Even so, it's a good idea to equip yourself with some tips on how you Continue Reading
What are the Signs of Hypotonia? - Hypotonia describes low muscle tone. If your newborn has it, they'll most likely feel limp when you hold them in your arms — kind of like a rag doll. This is why it's also referred to as "floppy infant syndrome."  Physicians can diagnose hypotonia within the first several minutes of the baby's life. They perform routine checks of the infant's Continue Reading
Signs My Child Has a Handwriting Problem - Learning to write sentences and words correctly and clearly is an essential focus for children in their elementary school years. All younger children have some difficulty when trying to perfect their penmanship. But, if you notice your child's handwriting is unclear or distorted consistently, that could be due to a learning disability known as dysgraphia and you'll want to set up a Continue Reading
How to Help My Child Adjust to a New School - As a parent, you no doubt do your best to structure your child's life in a manner that removes instability, minimizes emotionally difficult changes and provides predictable routines. But, no matter how hard you try, change is inevitable and can be impactful. One change that's sure to happen at some point is a change in your child's school (i.e. moving, Continue Reading
How to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten - For many children, Kindergarten is a huge change. They're just experiencing a structured school setting for the first time. While entering Kindergarten can be an exciting time, it can also be an anxious one too, especially for parents who have kids with disabilities. If your child struggles with things like following directions, sitting still, or sensory processing,  it can add to Continue Reading
Back to School Tips for Special Needs Children - There's much more to consider when going back to school than if your child's handwriting skills is up to par. A new year at school means new teachers, a new grade and possibly even a new school. To help you help your special needs child transition into a new school year, here are five back to school tips. 1. Review your Child's Continue Reading
Guidelines for Creating a DIY Sensory Box - A DIY sensory box can be an effective resource to help develop your child's sensory processing skills.  Essentially, a sensory box contains items in it that can help your child manage their sensory processing problems like being over-stimulated, sensory seeking or under-responsive and lethargic. You can help your child with their sensory processing skills by creating a DIY sensory box. Here are Continue Reading
The Power of Pointing - Pointing is far more than simply a cute thing a baby does. It marks a significant milestone in your child's development and visual perception skills. Why Learning to Point is Important Between the ages of nine and 12 months, your baby should finally be able to let you know about their feelings, thoughts and ideas. They do this by pointing — a Continue Reading