Solitary or Onlooker Play: Toys and Tips for Children from Birth to Two Years


Children in the early years are not sure how to regulate themselves and they may need a parent available for emotional support in order for a child to learn empathy, boundaries and appropriate social interactions. The way you treat your family and friends is what your child will imitate, not what you tell your child […]

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Playing is Serious Business – Discover How to Make it Fun


Do you remember playing with friends when you were a child?  The winter time snow storms where all of the kids on the street were jumping in the highest snow banks. Then afterwards everyone would gather inside for hot chocolate. Conversely, in the summertime there always seemed to be someone around to jump into the sprinkler with […]

Importance of Relationship and Engagement


It’s the New Year and everyone is trying to set their New Year’s Resolution and try to figure out how to stick with it. They are also trying to recover from the holidays and the shopping, lights and toys. Your child is probably playing with all their new toys, or at least the one favorite […]

Warning! Your Child with ADHD May Benefit from a Play Date (Part 2)


Part 1 of this post explained why play dates are important for children with ADHD. Your “to-do” list consisted of finding a good playmate, planning the play date, keeping the play date short, planning a physical activity, and scheduling a snack time. You can decide the order of the activities. The schedule will depend on […]

Warning! Your Child with ADHD May Benefit from a Play Date (Part 1)


A previous article presented reasons why social skills may be difficult for children with ADHD. Four resources for helping parents were listed: two books and two videos. This article is the first of two parts to provide information on play dates and how to use them to develop your child’s social skills. Play dates are […]

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