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Why does my student need an IEP?

Q. We’ve been concerned about our daughter’s speech and language skills and recently had her school evaluate her. I’ve now received an invitation to take part in IEP meeting at the school with a large team of people. What is an IEP? What should I expect at this meeting? A. I’d like to commend you for taking the initiative to have your daughter evaluated based on your concerns. I know that is often quite difficult for parents to do and shows me that you are a great advocate for your ...

How can I help my kindergartener in the cafeteria?

Q. My son just started kindergarten, and he’s struggling during lunch. The cafeteria overwhelms him. His teacher tells me he can’t open his lunch containers and hasn’t been able to finish his food in the time allotted. We’ve never had this problem at home or preschool. Are there any strategies that can help him better navigate the cafeteria experience? A. School cafeterias can be a real challenge for many children—they are loud, crowded, fast-paced, and full of potent smells. ...

Why isn’t my baby sitting on her own yet?

Q. My 7-month-old daughter isn’t sitting up on her own. Should I be concerned that she is delayed? Shouldn’t she be sitting unsupported by now? What are some ways I can help her learn to sit on her own to reach this milestone? A. There are so many milestones that take place during a baby’s first year of life, and it is easy to worry if certain skills aren’t accomplished within the suggested timeframes. However, it is very important to remember that developmental milestones are simply ...

Apps to help kids get ready for kindergarten

There is no shortage of apps geared for pre-K kids heading into their first year of school. The trick is finding high-quality educational programs that help build important literacy, math, and concentration skills and using them with your kid to model engaged thinking and lifelong learning. Here are a few to consider: - Reading Rainbow Based on the famed PBS show, this app exposes your child to a robust vocabulary. Discuss the text before, during, and after reading to help build ...

Saying Goodbye to Your Home

By Nancy Harner Finding and buying your next home can be a very exciting time. Maybe you are gaining extra space, scoring your son a seat in one of the best public schools, getting the backyard you’ve always wanted, or relocating to accept a great job and advance your career. But no matter the many wonderful reasons there may be a slight hesitation as you start to say goodbye to the home you will leave behind. It’s quite common to become emotional about moving from your current ...

How can I help my child transition back to school?

Q. My six-year-old has sensory processing disorder and the transition back to school can be quite difficult for her. Do you have some tips or strategies to help make this upcoming experience less stressful for her? A. Heading back to school can be both exciting and stressful for children and parents alike. Some parents look forward to the end of summer and the return of the structure and routine that a new school year brings, while other parents experience increased anxiety over helping ...

What activities will keep my kids moving and help develop their gross motor skills?

Q. I’m running out of ideas to keep my four- and five-year-old kids entertained at home this summer. They love their iPads and watching their favorite TV shows, but I need to keep them moving. Can you offer up some ideas for ways I can keep them moving to release energy and enhance their gross motor development? A. Finding ways to entertain your out-of-school children during the latter half of summer can be hard to do. Vacations are over, camps have run their course, and the heat takes a ...

Shop Early for the Best Deals At Your Favorite Triangle Consignment Sale

Want to score great deals on all of the brand-name clothes, accessories, back-to- school gear, and toys your kiddos need? You can at your favorite children’s consignment sales this summer. And, while you will certainly save a lot simply shopping these special sales events, getting in early ahead of the crowds is the secret to scoring the best resale deals for the biggest savings. All you have to do is earn a pre-sale pass. With items you seek priced 50 to 90 percent off retail, you’ll want ...

Is my son struggling with executive functioning skills?

Q. At my 7-year-old’s last well-child visit, the pediatrician mentioned possible concerns with his executive functioning skills. He said that he wants to see him back in six months to determine if he needs to be referred to a specialist for an evaluation. I don’t know what executive functioning skills include and what issues our doctor may have noticed. I’d like to help my son, but I’m confused with how to proceed. A. First of all, I’m sorry your pediatrician didn’t provide ...

What board games help promote language development?

Q. I’m in search of board games to play with my five-year-old that will help work on his language development skills before he enters kindergarten this fall. He doesn’t have a speech or language delay, but I think it’s important to keep up with language learning throughout the summer and want to make it fun for him. Can you recommend any games that we should play? A. Great idea! Language learning can take place in almost any setting and situation if you look for ways to incorporate it. ...