Guest Post: Sonali Zoracki: Siblings of Children with Special Needs Have Special Needs Too

Parents often have to devote a lot of time to meeting the needs of their child with special needs and sometimes, the needs of siblings are either put on the back burner or go unnoticed. Siblings may have a difficult time coping and may have different and conflicting feelings like worry, jealousy, anger, resentment, embarrassment, Read More

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

Tips for Preserving a Relationship While Raising a Child with Special Needs

Raising a child with special needs?  Take a look at my tips for preserving the relationship with your spouse.  Tips for Preserving a Relationship While Raising a Child with Special Needs Search around this terrific site for other informative articles!

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

Education Supports Parents of Children with Special Needs

  Raising children brings with it joy and hope, concern and trepidation.  As they say, there is no handbook for being a parent.  Raising a child with special needs can compound the worries and leave a parent feeling unsure of their footing.  And while I believe strongly that every family benefits from education, I know how Read More

Guest Post: Niche Placement: Hiring Your First Nanny Part One

I love watching Downton Abbey. As the founder of a nanny agency, and former professional nanny, I am fascinated by the relationship between the family and their household staff. Downton is a culture in which people are born knowing how to hire, treat, and keep staff.  Although present day New York City is home to Read More

Delays In Your Young Child’s Development

Check out my article on Mommybites about “Delays In Your Young Child’s Development.”  If you have concerns, reach out for help and support.  Early identification and intervention are critical and can have a considerable effect on your child’s development.

ADD and Medication: A Reaction to L. Alan Sroufe’s NY Times Article

By now many of us have read L. Alan Sroufe’s opinion on the use of medication for people, specifically children, with ADD.  He discusses the short term benefit and his belief that in the long term they do nothing for behavior or concentration.  He describes ADD as “problems with attention, self-regulation and behavior.”  Perhaps most Read More

What Do You Mean Sensory Issues?

Over the years I have met many children who were either overly sensitive, or not sensitive enough, to the world around them.  Today, sensory integration disorder, sensory processing disorder and sensory issues are phrases that get thrown around by educators and therapists frequently.  But for parents these words can be scary and unclear.  When we describe Read More

The Value of a Cardboard Box

I can’t tell you how many times I hear from parents and friends that they bought their child a wonderful new toy, and the child was more fascinated by the cardboard box.  My father, beaming with pride, recounts the story of buying a new refrigerator in the late 1970’s and giving my ecstatic brother the Read More