All babies spit up

What I tell my patients’ parents is that the connection between the esophagus (the food tube) and the stomach doesn’t close tightly in babies.  This junction (the “lower esophageal sphincter”) is a circular ring of muscle that, in older kids and adults, squeezes tightly so that food and liquids don’t come back up.  This isn’t…

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SOCIAL STAGES OF PLAY

1. UNOCCUPIED PLAY I know this can be hard to believe, but play starts at birth. You know those random movements that Infants make with no clear purpose? This is actually the beginning of play. 2. SOLITARY PLAY This stage, which starts in infancy and is common in toddlers, is when children start to play…

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Sensory Personality – Winning The Fussy Eater Battle

The sensory personality can be divided into four different types, the social butterfly, the slow to warm up, the sensitive and the settled. “What makes us unique individuals is that each person filters sensory input to varying degrees.”  “Since we all filter sensory input differently, this underlying process affects our personalities.” View more at: https://www.theblessedbarrenness.co.za/sensory-personality-winning-the-fussy-eater-battle/?fbclid=IwAR1DTY7f4YWXjOJrQU2dGwZfA9RHcr4CDxMPMxfWDU8p0RmuE-YGM3k3e_M 

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Become an Autism Behavior Detective!

How many times have we all heard that behavior is communication? If you parent a child with autism, the chances are you are very familiar with that phrase. I think the tricky part is figuring out what your child is actually saying with his or her behavior. And it is so important, because once the root…

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Dummies

Dummy, pacifier, binky, soother … call them what you will, you probably have a few questions about them. At least once a week online and at every talk I ever do, I get the same questions on dummies. Many parents wonder about the value of dummies, if they should be used at all, how they…

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