Category Archives: Toddler

Parents of Autistic Kids Need a Break Too–Take Care of You

I was visiting with a mom while I was working with her 3 year-old who had recently been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. We were talking about vacations and she shared that she had just gotten away for the weekend … Continue reading

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Great Websites–Resources for Parents, Teachers and Speech Therapists on Reading and Bilingual Learning

Check out Reading Rockets, www.readingrockets.org, offering “a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities to help young children learn how to read and read better.” This site is packed with practical ideas from preschool resources to encourage pre-reading skills, including … Continue reading

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Great DVD for Speech Therapists and Parents to Develop Speech

Creative people are constantly developing slickly produced media for our kids. Some of it is educationally outstanding and some isn’t. That is why this DVD, “Sounds Like a Smile” caught my eye. It doesn’t have the glitz of an expensively … Continue reading

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Boys are Different Than Girls–Look at Their Pretend Play

For some reason my daughter-in-law finds my life amusing. Yesterday she asked me to tell her something funny. Having just spent the morning with 2 and 3 year-olds, I could oblige. I had volunteered to be a “Love Lady” in … Continue reading

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Fun Kid’s Food Accessories for Learning Letters and Language

  I just had a conversation with my daughter-in-law who is getting reading for Will’s second birthday party this week. She wanted my recipe for ice cream pie and we were brainstorming on what to use for molds so she … Continue reading

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Santa Claus Diagnosed Autism in this Mom’s Child

I came across a video of a mom’s experience in coming to grip with her child’s diagnosis of autism. I thought it might be helpful to other parents as they face the possibility of their child having autism. On the … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Pout-Pout Fish for Making the New York Times Bestseller List!

I got an e-mail yesterday from Deborah Diesen, the author of The Pout-Pout Fish, to let me know that her book had made it on the New York Times Bestseller List for Children’s Books this week! Congratulations to her and … Continue reading

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Carefully Evaluate the Technology in Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Recently I have been challenged to think about the role technology plays in children’s toys, specifically for the baby and toddler set. I raised three boys in the video/computer age and saw how captivating these venues are to kids and … Continue reading

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Do Kids Need Toys for Pretend Play?

I was visiting one of my favorite families yesterday in Charlotte. James, 4, Sam,2 and Molly,1, are being raised on few toys and a wealth of imagination. Last time we saw them, Mom brought a small suitcase of cars that … Continue reading

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Reading to Your Child Builds Bridges Between Generations

  I find that when my adult children come home for a visit they rummage through their childhood rooms looking for fun memorabilia. I had unloaded a box from the attic containing favorite childhood books in each of the boy’s … Continue reading

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