Picky Eater? Strategies to Help with Mealtime

Would you describe your child as a picky eater? Is every meal a struggle no matter what foods you put on their plate? Do the grapes have to be red, the crackers round, the crust cut off the bread, and the nuggets only from McDonald’s? This is a fairly common, very tricky issue with some children that takes a lot of repetition and a lot of patience. Good nutrition is critical for children’s brain andContinue reading “Picky Eater? Strategies to Help with Mealtime”

Calming Space for Kids

’cause we all need a little zen… Every child needs a little zen in their day-to-day life as it can get quite hectic when things don’t go their way, their school and extracurricular activities are never ending, or they are overstimulated with technology and real life. I believe one very important place all children (toddlers to teens) should have in their home (and/or classroom) is a designated calming space. A calming space is a designatedContinue reading “Calming Space for Kids”

The Joy of Just Being

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 children ages 2-8 have a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder (2019). Experts believe the rise is partly due to increased stress in children and families (DeAngelis, 2004). As a practitioner, I see these issues firsthand. It shocks me to see young children, as young as 5 years old, experiencing such emotional stress that it actually interferes with their ability to engage inContinue reading “The Joy of Just Being”

Tactile Sensitivities

Does your child struggle with getting dressed each morning? Do you have difficulty getting out the door while your child is crying in the middle of his/her room in only a diaper or undies? Does he/she cry, fight, and push away when you’re trying to put on their shirt, pants, socks, and shoes? Will he/she only wear long sleeve, spandex shirts that you’ve made sure to cut every tag out of? Tactile sensitivities may playContinue reading “Tactile Sensitivities”