Travel, is it a "Trip" or a "Vacation"

If you’ve ever traveled with your children, you probably have a better understanding of the difference between a “trip” and a “vacation”.   The later is what I used to do before children, “trips” are what we go on now. While I immensely enjoy the time spent with my family and the memories we make, the amount of work that goes into traveling with children leads me to classifying these excursions to other places as “trips” not vacations. Here are some tips for traveling with kids that I’ve learned along the way: 

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Thank you to our many amazing families and professionals that have entrusted us to work with their children over the years.

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Things We Love

Instead of making a New Year’s resolution this year Lindsey Fry, speech/language pathologist at Pediatric Interactions, decided to pick a word to guide her year.   For 2018 she decided on “simplify” and have been on a quest to simplify all areas of her life (work, calendar, home, meals, etc.).  

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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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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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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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