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Doctor insights on: Weekly Speech Activities To Teach My Toddler To Talk Clear

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What social skills must I teach my child to help him to meet my friends?

What social skills must I teach my child to help him to meet my friends?

Manners: Teach your child expected manners. Introductions, being polite. Your child should not be required to like your friends. You can teach him/her to say hello, make eye contact, shake hands, and then be free to go off and play or whatever is required in the situation. ...Read more

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When strangers wants to talk/play with my 21mths toddler, he ether cries or look warily at them. How to ensure he grows up with good social skills?

When strangers wants to talk/play with my 21mths toddler, he ether cries or look warily at them. How to ensure he grows up with good social skills?

Passing Stage!: Stranger anxiety is very common at this age; it is probably the rule rather than the exception. This is a passing stage and your toddler will eventually become more interested in exploring the world while developing independence. It is important to keep exposing your toodler to social situations rather than sheltering them from interaction. Stranger anxiety little to do with future social skills. ...Read more

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How can I teach him to behave and follow rules to an adhd 8 year old with some autism.

How can I teach him to behave and follow rules to an adhd 8 year old with some autism.

ABA Therapy provided: by Board Certified Behavioral Analysts really helps children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder +/- ADHD if parents learn & consistently use the behavioral techniques. Ask your son's Special Education teacher about www.autismspeaks.org/resource/kids-korner-autism-center. Also, see a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician to look for genetic & other medical causes & manage medical & behavioral issues. ...Read more

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How can I teach my child the social skills necessary to make little friends?

How can I teach my child the social skills necessary to make little friends?

See below.: Children have to learn how to choose friends wisely. Parents can help young children learn how to make friends by teaching them concepts such as sharing, compassion, and conflict resolution and how to choose good friends and resist negative influences. Kids learn how to get along by watching other kids. ...Read more

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My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

Anxiety/A, Phobias/P: Part of normal development. 1.Social p: fear of contact with unfamiliar people, social isolation; desire of involvement w/family, familiar peers. 2.Separation a: unrealistic, persistent worries of possible harm befalling primary caregivers, persistent avoidance of being alone, complain distress. 3.School p. 4. Generalized a disorder: worries about future events. Encourage, talk; get counselling. ...Read more

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2 year old with sensory processing disorder. Want to learn so I can help her in addition to her therapy. Any recommended reading? Thank you

2 year old with sensory processing disorder. Want to learn so I can help her in addition to her therapy. Any recommended reading? Thank you

See below.: Check out the link below for information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on their Healthychildren.org website for reliable information. http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/developmental-disabilities/Pages/Sensory-Integration-Therapy.aspx ...Read more

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What kinds of exercises can I do with my child to help him develop his motor skills faster?

What kinds of exercises can I do with my child to help him develop his motor skills faster?

A lot: Most face to face interactions with children help them develop their motor skills. Doing projects together with puzzles, legos, riding bikes, or tricycle, playing hide and seek..... You name it. As long as your child is actively participating, they are developing their motor skills and problem solving so get down on the floor or mat with your child and have fun. ...Read more

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Should I be able to learn to talk again with speech therapy?

Should I be able to learn to talk again with speech therapy?

Depends: It would depend on what your speech problem is and what caused it and to what degree you are affected. If you have the ability to make speech, the therapist should be able to help you regain some speech and to have that speech be more understandable. Can't answer you question totally without more information and re-phrasing it. ...Read more

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Is the school allowed to talk to my son's doctor about his ADHD symptoms?

Is the school allowed to talk to my son's doctor about his ADHD symptoms?

With Permission: All patient information available to your son's doctor is private and privileged by law. It can only be discussed with others with parental permission, assuming your son is a minor. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my child with her poor attention skills at school without using drugs?

What can I do to help my child with her poor attention skills at school without using drugs?

Improved structure: Check out chadd.Org for a number of excellent books talking about non-drug stragies for helping with attention. Behavioral interventions can be as effective as medications, but they have to be well designed and maintained. The school psychologist should have a list of strategies worth trying. Like medications, the benefits disappear when you remove the support systems. ...Read more

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Why does my brother nod when I ask him a question?He always tried to minimize his verbal communication when I try to talk to him. He knows how to talk

Why does my brother nod when I ask him a question?He always tried to minimize his verbal communication when I try to talk to him. He knows how to talk

Normal: Everyone has their preferred mode of communication. Some people have more eye contact and some people less. Some people prefer to communicate more verbally and others prefer to communicate with gestures. ...Read more

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If I talk to my doctor about my suicidal thoughts will he involuntarily commit me? Also will he have to tell psychologist at my job training program?

If I talk to my doctor about my suicidal thoughts will he involuntarily commit me? Also will he have to tell psychologist at my job training program?

Yes /NO: suicidal thoughts per se are very common in depressive and anxiety disorders, a lot more common than most people think. what you are talking about is suicidla risk which is a whole different level . if your providers feels like you are imminently at risk of self harm he nay commit you. but suicidal thoughts per se are not grounds for commitment . feel better ...Read more

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Can anyone help me to get my seven year old to start flossing his teeth? I feel like he's certainly ready to begin flossing on his own, but he refuses to try. Is there anything that can be done to make learning how to floss on their own more enjoyable for

Can anyone help me to get my seven year old to start flossing his teeth? I feel like he's certainly ready to begin flossing on his own, but he refuses to try. Is there anything that can be done to make learning how to floss on their own more enjoyable for

I : I had a couple of thoughts in addition to dr. Mcleod's recommendations. There is a book called "brush, floss and rinse" for preschool to grade 1. That might help to stimulate his interest. Play doh now has a "doctor drill n fill playset" that allows the child to play dentist. It looks very fun and might help soften his views on not helping with his own oral care. ...Read more

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How to discipline a 8 year old boy with adhd or teach not to do what he ain't suppose to do?

How to discipline a 8 year old boy with adhd or teach not to do what he ain't suppose to do?

Duplicate question, : though you 1st stated that he also has Autistic Spectrum Disorder. A Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician & other specialists can clarify his Neurodevelopmental Disorders, look for underlying causes & define his developmental levels. Then seek behavioral therapy to learn to state rules at his language level, follow through with immediate consequences & use other effective behavioral techniques. ...Read more

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How can try to potty train my child (at 5yo) who's having accidents and just doesn't want to go on his own?

How can try to potty train my child (at 5yo) who's having accidents and just doesn't want to go on his own?

Assist/ Reward: One drag on toilet training is the mixed messages a kid gets if you follow him around asking if he needs to go. If he doesn't, he is sad he can't produce, if he needs to go & you are not there asking, he may not be able to hold it until you do.(again sad). If you tell him you will help, he picks the time (which is crucial)& you assist.(no sadness).A reward system helps motivate & can work overnight. ...Read more

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How would talk to my spoiled kid about layoffs and tough financial times?

How would   talk to my spoiled kid about layoffs and tough financial times?

Be honest: It is amazing what kids understand these days. Be honest. Your kids will get a better understanding of you and learn to cope with the difficulties of real life. If you lie or hide it, they will probably pick up in it. As you go through this time your relationship with your children will likely grow as well. ...Read more

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Will giving a cell phone to your kid cause him to have anti-social behavior?

Give guidance too!: Just giving your child adult electronic tools without guidelines on their use is just as dangerous as giving them a chain saw without instruction in how to ue it.But with proper instruction and guidelines, it can be a useful tool. First, two musts - never use in school and never take to bed. Beyond that, you need to set limits and customize its use. Help them learn appropriate social norms in use. ...Read more

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My infant is starting to spit up during feelings. Do I continue to feed him and how can I help prevent him spitting up?

My infant is starting to spit up during feelings. Do I continue to feed him and how can I help prevent him spitting up?

Feedings and spittin: Hard answer without knowing your infant's age. But are you "burping" your baby after feedings. Babies take in alot of air using bottles and nipples - burping them will reduce the air bubble. Sometimes spitting up is due to formula issues - changing to a non cow's milk formula may help. Gaviscon drops may also help. If the spitting is getting worse - dicuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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How would talk to my child about guns and safety at school?

How would   talk to my child about guns and safety at school?

See above: Honestly. Be very open with your child about the dangers of guns at school, and there potential harm however, do not be too dramatic. The incidence of guns at school is very small. ...Read more

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How should I help my child practice her social skills?

See below: Expose her to different social situations, and model the behavior you would like to see. ...Read more