What do I do when my child turns 3?!?!

Early Intervention (EI) services end the day of your child's 3rd birthday. Your child's service coordinator should have sent paperwork to your school district to start the transition. This process includes a transition meeting, evaluations and a meeting to develop an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) if your child's delays may potentially impact his/her education. Your child's EI therapists can help you with transition, participating in the meetings with you. Families can download the resource,  "A Guide to the Individualized Education Program".

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Preventing the Dreaded Toddler Tantrum and Meltdown

We’ve all been there, done that, but if you’re like me you’re not interested in doing it again anytime soon. While toddler meltdowns are not totally avoidable (and unfortunately developmentally appropriate) there are some strategies you can use to hopefully decrease how often they are happening.

It’s important to consider why your child is melting down or having a tantrum.

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What Is (EI) Early Intervention?

Early Intervention is a program for children who are between the ages of birth and 3 years old. It is a state and federally mandated program that provides support for families, teaching them how to play with their child in ways that will help them learn different skills they need for things they do every day.

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Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits... Whats the difference??

Pediatric Interactions is a private clinic that provides speech language and developmental therapy service for children with delays.

WeeBits is a non-profit organization in Lake County, IL that offers FREE or low-cost enrichment classes and workshops for families with infants and toddlers.

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When does a SLP start working with children?

 At birth.....WHY, they aren't talking yet?

  • Communication starts at birth
  • We work with feeding
  • We have certified infant massage teachers to help with bonding/engagement, regulation, and many issues like constipation and reflux
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Infant Massage: What’s the Rub?

Congrats! You now have a tiny bundle of joy (that eats, poop, sleeps and cries)…. Now what? Wouldn’t it be nice if your new baby had come with an instruction manual?

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The Benefits of Bubble Play

“More, more, more!” Because bubbles pop, they are a great reinforce that your child has to keep asking for (unlike a toy that you would have to take away to get them to repeated request more).

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Five areas of your home to stimulate baby’s learning and development

New parents are often overwhelmed with the amount of “stuff” that comes with having a baby. Without previous experience, it’s hard to know what you NEED and how to use all the contraptions you may get from baby showers. Here’s a quick look around your home and what you can use to stimulate your baby’s development.

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Dear Doctor Mom...

You have the most honored educational award, you are “your child’s expert”. It is your job to advocate and ask questions for your child.

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Sensory Integration in Daily Routines

Sensory processing/integration refer to how we take information from the environment and our response to this input. We all try and adapt to this information, but sometimes it looks like a “behavior” or interferes with daily routines.

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As They Grow: Get Rid of Sippy Cups

A sippy cup is usually the first cup parents use to transition their child off the bottle.  Don’t get me wrong, the thought of “no spills,” my child drinking early by herself, and the convenience of traveling with a cup is a dream come true.  That’s why sippy cups were invented and marketed to parents, not kids.

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When Santa is Scary

The holidays are supposed to be magical times, not dreaded for parents or children. A visit to Santa can be very scary for some kids, not to mention the challenges of waiting in line and the other commotion that is happening at the event.  Sometimes you end up with pictures and experiences like this….

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National Prematurity Awareness Month

Mom was having a normal pregnancy and at a scheduled check-up had high levels of protein and was admitted to the hospital at 30 weeks (almost 7-months pregnant.) The family didn’t expect it, but then planned on staying in hospital for 4-6 more weeks when the baby could be born.

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Friends with Special Needs

Children with disabilities may look different due to physical traits associated with their diagnosis. They may have special accommodations due to health conditions.

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Mealtime Battles

For many of us, mealtime is a battle, one often we as parents lose. Young children have very little control in their lives, and unfortunately, two aspects they can control is what goes in and what comes out (potty training is a whole separate battle). Feeding; however, doesn’t have to be a struggle.

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