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Behavior, Sensory Processing Disorder and Reflex Integration

Another mother called, on the verge of tears, expressing concern regarding her four year old son. “He is really struggling in preschool. He has difficulty sitting still and keeping his hands to himself. Sometimes he hits or has trouble sharing toys. He has a hard time with transitions or calming himself when things don’t go…

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Mommy Neuroscience 101

When I was a young mother, the buzz word was developmentally appropriate.  I had long debates with my parents why expecting my child to sit relatively still during mass wasn’t “developmentally appropriate” and why allowing him to express his feelings of frustration right there in the middle of Target was!  They would shake their head…

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Is Homework Necessary?

By Amy Putman, Elementary Principal Homework. I did it in school. You did it. Your child probably does it. But why? Have we come to expect it as the norm because ‘that’s the way it’s always been’? The arguments for homework are simple. It’s review of skills that have been studied in school. It’s an opportunity…

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Joint Attention – It’s Important for Language Development

When a little one points to or gives you something they’re interested in they’re using JOINT ATTENTION! Words children hear during an interaction involving joint attention are strongly linked to their vocabulary development. For example, when a 12 month old draws his mother’s attention to a ball and the mother says,“yes, that’s a ball, do…

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Early Signs – Do You Know What To Look For?

By: Rachel Ottley OTR/L, Occupational Therapist Shortly before my 40th birthday, I discovered I was pregnant with our 4th kiddo. It was a surprise to say the very least! Our other kids, all girls, were 12, 8 and 6 at the time and we were quite done with the diapering, sleepless nights, newborn phase of…

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“World’s Okayest Mom”

I’ve wanted this mug for several months now and finally added it to my cart on Amazon last week. This mug completes me, and not in a self-deprecating way by any means. Somebody else can be Super Mom. That’s too much pressure to put on myself. I’m the best mom I can be, and that’s…

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Sleep, or the lack thereof…

Sleep, or the lack thereof… When you have a new baby, one of the first questions people start asking is “are they a good sleeper?” My now nine year old was an excellent sleeper. From very early on, I could put her into her crib and tell her goodnight and she’d just put herself to…

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Why Does My (or that) Child Act That Way?

Toddlers, by nature, are bossy, demanding and easily frustrated. Some toddlers seem to be even more so with meltdowns louder, longer and more intense than ever before witnessed in the checkout line at Target. Behaviors with these children are extreme, with oversized reactions to small things that are inconsequential to others. Parents of these children…

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Why are today’s kids not as strong as they used to be?

Post by: The Inspired Treehouse Last weekend, I was working as a volunteer at my girls’ swim meet and I had one of those conversations that really stops you in your tracks and makes you think. Event #6 was the butterfly stroke for kids 6 and under and for the next several minutes, I watched as…

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How Queen Elsa Helps My Anxious Daughter “Let It Go”

Post by: By Bethanie Verduzco, Noa’s Mom Just like millions of little girls and boys across this country, my daughter is pretty enthused about the movie “Frozen.” Obsessed, really. She runs through the hallways with her long blue cape (or, more specifically, my formerly-favorite scarf that I got on our honeymoon to Italy) flowing in waves…

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DO YOU KNOW ME?

We often run across wonderful, informative graphics like this one from Melissa Zacherl and think, “YES! That is my child” and we wonder how to handle those behaviors.  As an occupational therapist with years of experience working with children with sensory issues, I would like to offer 3 simple areas to encourage play at home…

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Why are we all messed up when it comes to emotions?

I work in the church nursery on Sunday mornings. I choose to work in the hardest classroom, you know the one where mothers are literally pealing their crying toddlers off of their shoulders, and as they hand them off to me you can hear everyone start into the song of distraction. The chorus is familiar…

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“Stop squirming!”… “Sit still!”… “Would you please stop touching everything!”

Post by: Dr. Jane Humphries and Kari Rains, Creative Educational Strategies and Services, Oklahoma City, OK “Stop squirming!” “Sit still!” “Would you please stop touching everything!” Are these phrases you have said to your children or heard others say to them? Parents, teachers, and other caregivers are always asking, “What can I do with a…

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School Readiness…it’s about feeling safe and connected

Post by:  Cristy Roberts, Training Specialist at Community Action Project, Tulsa and National Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor Who would ever object to providing children with positive, quality early childhood experiences? The topic is one many people, elected officials and concerned citizens alike, have rallied behind. Statistics show that positive and quality early experiences set a…

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What is the Vestibular System and why is it important?

Post by Lindsey Moyer, Licensed pediatric occupational therapist, North Shore Pediatric Therapy Most kids learn about the 5 basic extrinsic senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Many, however, are not as familiar with two hidden intrinsic senses: the vestibular and proprioceptive senses. The vestibular sense is one of the first to develop in a growing…

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A Director’s Perspective

Post by: Debbie Guilfoyle, Executive Director at Crosstown Learning Center I am honored to be asked to contribute to the Sprouts website.  I hope all of you that are accessing the information find it to be helpful. I have been Executive Director at Crosstown Learning Center for almost 12 years, and have been forever blessed…

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Stuttering, is it normal?

Post by:  Julie Stone, Speech/Language Pathologist with the Sprouts Child Development Initiative One great question the Sprouts program gets frequently is:  “Should I be concerned about my child’s stuttering?”  My own son went through a stage of typical developmental stuttering, so I understand the concern a parent feels when their child begins to stutter.  Following…

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Taking care of your little one’s teeth

Post by: Molly Marshall Hays, DDS, Dentist at Marshall Family Dentistry In my office I regularly get questions about how to care for my patients’ little ones’ teeth, specifically when their first visit should be.  The questions range from daily care to dental visits. Each child responds and acts differently toward their dental care, but…

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Movement, the Foundation for Learning

Why is Tummy Time Important?   Debbie O’Connor, MPH, OTR/L When your baby is lying on their tummy, they are engaging in one of the most important developmental milestones for later academic achievement! Tummy time provides the following stimulation: 1.  Strengthening the shoulder and arm muscles needed for coloring, writing and throwing a ball. 2. …

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Language Builders

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” Post by: Julie Stone, Speech/Language Pathologist with the Sprouts Child Development Initiative “I was astonished,” I said talking to a friend.  “Tonis,” her little boy repeated.  “Yes, astonished,” I said back to him giving him my best astonished face, which he imitated.  We all started laughing at our silly “astonished” faces.  At three years…

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