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I do not agree at all that using food items in children's craft or art projects is somehow "repugnant", and it reminds me of the childhood guilt trip engaged in by some parents, "clean your plate because there are starving children in China." The problem with world hunger cannot be solved by children stopping the "wasting" of food on their plates, and neither can it be solved by children stopping the "waste" of food in art projects. All of the food-related crafts...
For kids that are spirited and who have problems with aggression (which it seems is pretty common), punishing strategies like time outs and the like-- probably including oppressive supervision-- usually make things worse. What happens is that the aggressive behavior gets reinforced for the child because everybody makes a big deal out of it (especially the parents, whom the child is looking to get a reaction out of). So for some kids, parental intervention makes things...
I think that it is nearly impossible to change another child's behavior, either directly or through speaking with the parents-- although I do agree that the previous poster, who gave a child "directives" when her child was hit, was perfectly appropriate. I believe that it is not only appropriate but also positive to gently tell the "offending" child that it is not okay to hit, say mean things, etc. This reinforces the messages that the child is getting from his/her own...
My son had a similar speech development to yours, except he didn't say one word until he was about 3 months shy of 3. Then he had very rapid speech development but still lagged behind in "pragmatic" (coversational) speech until last month, when he was officially discharged from speech therapy as 100% "normal". He speaks very clearly, and almost everyone can understand what he says most of the time. According to the research literature I've looked at, speech therapy is...
Quote: Originally Posted by stafl I would think that making glue out of refined bleached/white flour would be just as hazardous to a child's health as whatever it is that Elmer's puts in their glue.... not something I really want to think about, honestly, or I'll be afraid of everything everywhere! So why not make it out of organic, unbleached flour? The recipes that I've seen don't require bleached flour. Or does that make you afraid...
I wonder if making homemade paint, glue, paste, paper mache, clay, etc would be something that would work for you? Making the materials (out of things like flour, water, food coloring, etc would be an activity and then using them would be another. Not only is a very cheap to make your own supplies, but you know that they are nontoxic as well. I have two great kids' craft books: 1. Kathy Charner, The Giant Encyclopedia of Art and Craft Activities for Children 3 to...
Quote: Originally Posted by Ellis Herr I'm glad you've had your Ph.D. for 12 years, especially in psychology. Then you know that almost everything out there -- again, ESPECIALLY in psychological research -- is based on correlations. If you're going to discount one study because it's correlational, then you need to also discount almost every psychology paper -- published and unpublished -- out there. You are simply wrong and clearly...
I think that my instinct would be to see if her aversion to foods has any physiological basis. I hear you on the being sick of grinding up food, that's a totally normal reaction. But I would wonder if her mouth and throat muscles are okay -- has her ped checked this out? Alternatively, you could call the early intervention program in your community, and they will do a free developmental screening. Either a general developmental specialist or a speech pathologist...
I think what's hard for people is understanding that it's not about behavior, it's about dysfunction. What distinguishes SID kids from "normal" kids is not really *what* they do, but the ways in which doing this or not doing this impacts their lives. I mean, I could give examples of my child's behaviors, which include picky eating, likes to rough house and be swung around, aversion to fingerpainting or getting his hands messy in any way, and how he repeatedly runs his...
Quote: Originally Posted by Ellis Herr but I would bet you a milion dollars that 20 years from now there will be so many published studies in this area that CIO will be on its way out of vogue. Trish, I already have my Ph.D. (and, in fact, am 12 years past it), so I'm well aware of the research process and what data and evidence means. I would take your bet, but I think it would be hard to collect on. There are so many families who do...
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