Month: May 2017

Importance of Handwriting

  Why Can’t My Child Do It? It’s Just Handwriting!   Children become very good hand writers by developing muscle strength, problem solving skills and eye hand coordination.  A child who does not have the necessary skills that are developed before handwriting (i.e. arm strength, eye-hand coordination, letter and shape perception) will eventually struggle to complete such tasks at school and home. The following problems may be present in a child who...

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How Do I Encourage Communication In My 12-18 Month Old?

The best way to encourage communication in your 12 – 18 month old is to talk to him/her all the time. Use your child’s name often so they learn to recognize who they are.     Ask yes / no questions so your child can begin to discriminate between yes and no and better understand when they are told “no”. Help your...

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Eating And Drinking Between The Ages Of 2 And 3

Eating and drinking between the ages of 2 and 3 can be tricky.  Your child is looking for ways to exert their independence and food can often be a way to do that.  Some ideas that might help minimize this power struggle might be helpful. Allow your child to help you make the grocery list or go grocery shopping with you. ...

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Eating and Drinking Skills For Your 2 Year Old

What are the eating and drinking skills of your 2 year old? Review the list below and see if you need to provide more or different food opportunities to your child. By 24 months (2 years), your child will: ·       Swallow well from a cup with good lip closure around cup and no loss of liquid ·       Swallow food well...

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Eating and Drinking Skills Between 12 – 18 Months

Socially and nutritionally it is important that your child develop good eating and drinking skills.  Early on when your child is first trying foods you need to offer a variety.  Do not accept that they will only eat a few varieties.  You need to be sure to offer sweet, sour and tangy foods.  Offer a variety of textures (chewy, crunchy,...

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Language Skills For a Five Year Old

Try the checklist below for your child: BY 60 MONTHS, can you child: Use a variety of sentences with 6 or more words Has a vocabulary of 2000 or more words Uses most speech sounds correctly (exceptions: th, r, r blends) Is 90-100% intelligible to all listeners Can describe objects and carry a plot when telling a story Asks questions...

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At Age 3 My Speech And Language Skills Should Be……………………..

Three is a pretty important age.  So many skills are being established as the foundation for others skills to build upon.  Your child is becoming more social, making friends.  It is important that children increase the number of words they know as well as practice these words.  Practicing saying words increases their ability to be understood by others (intelligibility). Take...

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By 5 years old I should be able to…………

When your child is 5 years old, you are making the difficult decision – send to kindergarten or not send to kindergarten?  Your child’s developmental skill level as well as their social maturity will play a big part in your decision.  Below is an abbreviated list of what fine motor skills your child should have by the time they are 5...

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At What Age Should My Child Have Dressing Skills?

  Typical Development of Dressing Skills By age 2 your child should: Begin to push arms through sleeves of a shirt Take off his socks, shoes, and hat Lift a leg to help pull pants up Begin to pull down own pants By age 3 your child should: Take off own coat Remove loose elastic waist pants Dress self in shirt with...

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Tummy Time

You ever get the feeling that young moms are relying more on the internet for advice than that of their pediatrician? I was amazed when my younger sister (and new mom) showed me this article that an “expert” mom posted in one of her online mom groups about why tummy time is bad for your baby. I certainly got a...

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