Working With An Early Intervention Special Instructor

Is your child working with an Early Intervention Special Instructor (or other therapist)?  Want to learn how to maximize your relationship with that person to benefit your child? Take a look at my article for Mommybites: “Working With An Early Intervention Special Instructor” An Early Intervention Special Instructor (SI) is a teacher who specializes in Read More

Having Your Young Child Evaluated Through Early Intervention

Check out my article for Mommybites on “Having Your Young Child Evaluated Through Early Intervention.” When a child has special needs, parents and family members should be involved from the start of intervention. This begins with the evaluation process. I encourage families to consider the initial evaluation as an opportunity to learn more about their Read More

Plan to Play: Feed The Baby

  As far as I am concerned, all young children (yes, even boys) should have a baby doll.  Feeding a baby doll is a great way to introduce young children to pretend play. What You’ll Need: -Baby Doll -Real or pretend spoon, bowl, saucepan, bottle, napkin, and any other items you might use to prepare a Read More

A Plan To Play

After sitting down with another parent who felt self-conscious and unsure of how to play with her child, I had a thought:  Playing doesn’t come naturally to every grown up and that’s okay.  Why not use the Dana’s Kids blog to give parents a “Plan to Play?”  I want to be clear that feeling “unable” to play is a Read More

A Special Educators’ Bag of Tricks

One of the first things any child receiving special services will learn to say, whether by signing or speaking, is “open bag.”  Special service providers (occupational, speech, feeding, and physical therapists, as well as special educators), come to work in homes and schools with a literal bag of tricks.  We bring novel materials to excite Read More

New York Family Magazine: Special Needs Article

Concerned about your child’s development? Check out the new article I contributed to for New York Family Magazine. “Understanding the Special Needs Landscape in NYC: Parents Of Children With Special Needs Face A Maze Of Evaluations, Programs And Services. Here’s Some Expert Advice”

To Tell Or Not To Tell

Parents often ask me whether they should let their classroom teacher know that their child is receiving special services. “Will they hold it against my child?”  “Will my child be labeled?”  I say tell! When you bring your child to school, you should view the administrators and teachers as part of your team.  You are all there to Read More