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What sensory activities can I do with my son over the summer?

Q. My toddler will be taking a break from his occupational therapy this summer because we’ll be traveling quite a bit. I want to continue to implement the sensory activities and play he’s done during his therapy sessions. Can you provide suggestions for what I can do with him during our time away? A. There are a lot of ways you can incorporate sensory play into your summer routine. These fun activities can help fill the days as well as provide new sensory experiences and help increase ...

Meet Your Neighbors and Make New Friends

The Triangle real estate market is hot and getting hotter by the day with homes selling quickly all throughout the eight-county area. Moving trucks have hit the roads loaded down with furniture and belongings to fill newly purchased houses that will soon be made into homes by the families who own them. Tasks that lie ahead include unpacking boxes, putting away numerous items, figuring out furniture configurations, and decorating rooms and spaces. And, certainly don’t forget one of the most ...

Why does my daughter struggle with social skills?

Q. My 7-year-old daughter seems to struggle in social situations. She has a hard time participating in conversations, sometimes commenting on something that is completely unrelated to the topic being discussed. When she speaks to others, she avoids making eye contact and often comes across confusing as she tells stories in a very disorganized, disjointed fashion. I’m concerned that her difficulty in social situations will prevent her from making friends and interacting with her peers. What ...

When your child lies to you, sometimes it’s best to play along

By Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune My son's school called me at work the other day to tell me he had a sore throat and a stomachache and needed to be picked up. I rushed to get him and discerned, immediately, that he was faking. "Can we go to Target?" he asked as I buckled him into his booster seat. "I think I just need a Popsicle." I swallowed my suspicions and told him we ought to head home since, you know, he wasn't feeling well. "Can we play football?" he asked when we got ...

Learn to avoid power struggles

"No!" it is one of the first words kids learn.  So, imagine your surprise when your child says it back to you in clear defiance, not cute mimicking like they did when they were toddlers.  The response can naturally provoke you into reacting and this can quickly result in a power struggle.  Power struggles are about control and your child's behavior is a developmentally normal attempt to exert control and to get their needs met.  The “good news” is that while your child learning to be ...

Make the choice to eat Seasonally this Summer

What does it mean to eat seasonally? It has been in vogue for the past several years gaining more popularity with time, but what does it really mean to eat seasonally? The cornerstone of seasonal eating is eating foods that have just been harvested at their peak. This is typically when produce is cheapest and the freshest. What are the benefits of the eating seasonally? Price: Perhaps the best benefit of eating seasonally is that you'll save money. By buying in season you are buying ...

Is my son dyslexic?

Q. I’m concerned that my 4-year-old is showing signs of dyslexia. I know he is quite young and still developing in his ability to understand letters and numbers, but we have a family history of dyslexia and I’m seeing red flags. If he is struggling, I want to make sure to catch it early so that he will be successful during his school years. What are signs to look for in younger children and who should I contact about my concerns? A. You are a great mom to be so vigilant in your observ...

Why isn’t my toddler chewing his food?

Q. My 2.5-year-old son doesn’t chew his food. He seems to swallow foods whole and when he does attempt to chew, he quickly gets tired of doing so. I’ve noticed that he seems to prefer foods with a smooth texture because he can eat them more easily. Should I be concerned that he does not chew well at this age? What can I do about it? A. We often receive referrals for young children who are not effective chewers. These children commonly mash food between their tongues and the top of their ...

Why is our daycare hosting speech and language screenings?

Q. My daughter’s daycare recently sent home a letter from a speech therapy company stating that it would be doing free speech and language screenings at the center this month. I don’t understand what the company will be screening for and am not sure if my daughter needs to be seen. What is involved with these types of screenings? Will they check to see if she can say her letters correctly? A. Great question! May is “Better Speech and Hearing Month,” so this is a great time to ...

How can I support my child’s motor skill development?

Q. We just learned that our toddler has autism. We knew there was an issue because we’ve watched him struggle with developmental delays, especially with his gross and fine motor skills. What does this mean for him? Are there ways we can help him with motor skill development at home? A. In addition to the communication and social challenges associated with autism, children on the spectrum may also have difficulty with coordination, posture, and motor planning. Many children with autism ...