As the holidays draw near, you’re likely to find yourself wondering what to buy your littlest learners. You want toys and activities that inspire creativity and independent play, yet most of what’s on the market is flashy, battery-operated, and stimulating in all the wrong ways.
Rain rain go away. Come again some other day. Do you find yourself humming this classic tune when the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor play?
Many of us do. That’s totally normal. When you have high-energy kids, outside is the best place to be. However, when you are dealing with scorching hot summer temps, pouring rain, or winter’s wrath, sometimes you need a “plan b” so that your kids aren’t climbing the walls.
Mealtimes can be tough, especially when you are dealing with toddler tantrums and picky eating. So what’s a busy mom to do?
Play is one of the richest forms of childhood expression. When a young child plays, you can see the wheels turning in his brain. Play is how children process worries and fears, work through challenges, and learn new skills.
Kids love music. Adults love music. We all do. It’s soothing and therapeutic.
If that’s the case, why isn’t it being more widely used to help neurodiverse kids achieve developmental milestones? That answer is, of course, long and drawn out and not the purpose of this article.
No one likes homework. After a long day of school, it is the last thing a child wants to do when they get home.
It’s a hard truth. But, understandable.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a struggle. There are ways to make it easier and maybe even fun!
So when you have a wiggly, giggly child who has a hard time sitting still and completing their assignments, here are 9 things you can do to help.
What is autism?
Autism Speaks sums it up so succinctly.
“Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.”
Read more of their explanation here at this link.
Ahh the great outdoors.
Sunshine. Fresh air. What more could a person want?
Nowadays though, you are more likely to find children staring at the TV than playing outside. Why is that?
The answer is not simple. It can be attributed to many things.
If you have a child with ADHD, you may have resigned yourself to believing you can’t have peaceful mornings. Getting out the door on time is hard, even for a child who doesn’t have trouble with executive function.
As a parent, the last thing you want is to see your child struggle. When something doesn’t come easy, it can be a natural inclination to rush in and fix the problem. What if you can’t quite pinpoint what the problem is though? How do you help them then?