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Is cold weather play okay?

Q. My preschool-age twins love to be outside no matter what the weather may be including the freezing cold temperatures we’ve recently experienced. Is it okay to let them play outdoors in the winter weather? Do you have any suggestions for outdoor, cold-weather activities that we should do? Would it be better if I chose to keep the boys indoors instead? A. I hear you on this one! It can be so tempting to try and entertain children indoors when the weather outside is less than desirable, ...

How do I make the most of my child’s therapy sessions?

Q. My four-year-old daughter just started receiving private weekly speech therapy to address some articulation issues. Our weekly co-pay is expensive and a bit of a financial investment for us, so I want to make sure that my husband and I are doing all we can to make the most of her sessions. What are some ways that we can help her progress? A. Kudos to you for wanting to play an active role in your daughter’s progress during speech therapy. In my practice, I see the value that parent ...

Why is my child more clumsy than his friends?

Q. My 8-year-old son just told me that he does not want to go to PE class because he can’t keep up with his friends. He was born early at 30 weeks and struggled to meet gross motor milestones like sitting and walking. He is still a bit awkward with his movements and needs help to dress, bathe, and write. I’ve also recently noticed that he is clumsier than his peers, frequently falling and tripping over things. What may be going on and how can I help him? A. I know it can be frustrating ...

How can I make Halloween more enjoyable for my child?

Q. My 4-year-old daughter has autism and Halloween is a difficult time for her. She seems to be on sensory overload with all of the activities, costumes, and candy. What are some ways that I can help her enjoy this day? A. Halloween is certainly a busy day that can put any child on overload. While it is an exciting day for many children, it can be overwhelming and difficult for children with special needs. The holiday is full of new sights, sounds, tastes, and activities for children to ...

Why won’t my child try new foods?

Q. My two-year-old son seems to be stuck in an eating rut. He only eats a handful of items each day and refuses to try new foods. I’ve tried bribing, punishing, ignoring his actions, and letting him go hungry, but none of these approaches seem to be working. He continues to request chicken nuggets, chips, grapes, yogurt, and raw carrots. What may be the problem and what can I do about it? I’m so frustrated! A. Oh mama, I feel your pain! I have been there as a mother and often see ...

How can I help my child avoid after-school meltdowns?

Q. My daughter recently started kindergarten and it has been a huge transition for her. Prior to this school year, she only attended a half-day preschool four days a week. She comes home from school extremely cranky and has been having major meltdowns. I know she is exhausted and feels overloaded at the end of the day. What can I do to help her? A. I’ve talked with many parents of elementary-age children who share similar stories about their child’s after school experience. It is common ...

When will my toddler’s speech develop?

Q. My son is 3 1/2 years old and his speech is very difficult to understand. He seems to substitute some sounds for other sounds like “tat” for “cat.” He also leaves off sounds at the end of words like “duh” for “duck.” He has so many speech issues that I’m unsure of which to start helping him to correct. What could be causing this and what can I do about it? A. It sounds like you are a very observant mama who is quite cognizant of your son’s speech patterns and errors. ...

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 ...