Strategies to Reduce Echolalia

By |2022-01-18T10:22:27-05:00December 28, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Echolalia refers to the repetition of certain words or phrases spoken by someone else, either after the words were said, or later on. It is often associated as a function of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With an autistic child, echolalia may appear with more frequency versus children with standard developing language. It is important that we support children by using echolalia to try to reshape it to help children communicate in a more natural way. Following are some strategies that can be used to reduce echolalia:   Use simple words and phrases When communicating with your child, try using simple words [...]

Benefits of Water Play

By |2022-01-18T10:22:58-05:00December 23, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Playing with water is not only a source of enjoyment, but it also helps in your child’s development. Water play involves using toys, buckets, containers and of course water, which your child can scoop, splash or pour with the above-mentioned tools. Not only will your child stay occupied while playing with water, but he will also start to learn through fun hands-on play. Following are some benefits of water play:     Language development Water play helps to develop your child’s language. When playing with water and several tools with it, your child builds new vocabulary. During water play, you can [...]

Importance of Early Intervention

By |2022-01-18T11:46:08-05:00October 27, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Early intervention refers to the phase where you provide services and support that will help babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. These delays can include speech therapy, physical therapy, autism, etc. Early intervention in your child’s life is beneficial when it comes to their development. Treating the communication and language difficulties early in children can prevent the potential problems with their behavior, learning, reading, and social interaction. Early intervention helps the children enhance their abilities while also enabling them to learn new skills. Here are a few benefits of early intervention that can help the child and the family. [...]

Activities to Promote Eye Contact

By |2022-01-18T11:50:36-05:00October 11, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Eye contact is a very important skill when communicating. It tells the other person that you are listening to them and invested in the conversation. It is also used to gain others’ attention while helping you understand how the other person feels. Children with autism disorder usually have difficulty communicating, so they find it hard to maintain eye contact and face challenges in interacting. You can’t force a child to make eye contact; however, few activities can help promote eye contact. Face Painting Face painting makes you come physically closer to your child, encouraging eye contact. You can take turns and [...]

Signs of Autism in Babies and Toddlers

By |2022-01-18T12:07:44-05:00September 29, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Often, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show developmental alterations when they are babies, particularly in social, linguistic, and behavioral skills. Some toddlers even interact differently or may not interact at all with others. Babies can start showing signs of ASD as early as two months of age. Since autism is a spectrum, one child with the disorder will not have the same symptoms as the other children with autism. The symptoms in children vary a lot. Here are some common signs of autism in babies and toddlers. Limited interaction with caregivers or people in general Babies usually interact with their [...]

Strategies for Helping an Anxious Child

By |2022-01-18T12:08:18-05:00September 8, 2021|Recent|

Anxiety in kids is common, but it's not something that should be ignored. When a child is anxious, it is a natural response as a parent to take charge and help them through their anxious thoughts and feelings. However, some parents may not realize that not everything can help lessen their anxiety; some of their actions may even fuel the child's anxiety. Certain strategies can be applied by parents when it comes to helping their anxious children. This will help suppress the feeling and assist in developing coping skills in the child. Blow Bubbles Blowing bubbles is a very simple yet [...]

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