Rosenberg Center logo
Rosenberg Center - Blog
(33) 049 (1) ABA (1) academic difficulties (1) academics (1) accident (1) accomplishment (1) achievement (1) Achilles Tendon (2) active (1) add (2) ADDitude magazine (1) adhd (19) ADHD homework (1) ADHD medications (1) ADHD school (1) adolescent (1) advanced language (1) advocacy (1) advocate (1) age to get kids phones (1) aggression (2) alcohol (1) allergies (1) allergy (1) allergy shots (1) alternative medicine (1) Alyssa Bartel (2) Amy Lesher (1) anger (1) angry (1) anxiety (4) anxiety symptoms (1) APD (2) app store (1) apps (3) apraxia of speech (1) april autism awareness month (4) april autism month (4) APRN (1) arms (1) articulation (1) ASD (8) asd vacations (1) ASHA (1) assess (1) assessment (2) attention (6) auditory (3) auditory processing (3) autism (23) autism awareness (4) autism awareness month (4) autism family vacation (1) autism misdiagnosis (1) autism red flags (1) autism safety (1) autism safety devices (1) Autism Speaks (1) autism spectrum disorder (3) autism vacation (1) autistic disorder (1) autistic girls (1) baby (4) baby food (1) baby's head (1) back (1) back to school (1) Back to Sleep (1) background noise (1) bad news (1) balance (1) balancing (2) ball (1) bed (1) bedtime (2) behavior (2) Bell Museum (1) bicycle (1) bike (1) bike accident (1) bike camp (1) bite treatment (1) blurred vision (1) BM (1) BMI (1) body mass index (1) book (1) books (1) bouncy seats (1) bowel movement (1) brain (3) brain damage (1) brain function (1) brain imaging (1) breakfast (1) brush (1) busy (1) calm (2) calming (1) calves (2) candy (1) CAPD (4) car accident (1) card games (1) career (1) caregivers (1) cats (1) cell phone (1) cell phone rules (1) cell phone safety (1) centering (1) chalk (1) chalkboard (1) challenging (1) challenging behavior (1) cheek swab (1) cheese (1) chew (2) chew tube (1) chewing (1) child (3) child at risk (1) child BMI (1) child development (1) child grieving (1) child health (1) child lose weight (1) child psychologist (3) child psychology (1) child stuttering (1) child weight (1) child's memory (1) childhood obesity (1) children (5) children's vitamins (1) choose medications (1) chores (1) chronic stuttering (1) CNP (1) coat (1) cognition (1) cognitive (1) communication (2) compassion (1) complementary (1) concentration (1) concerns (3) concussion risk (1) concussions (1) confusion (1) congestion (1) constipation (1) contact information (1) core (1) cortex (1) cough (1) counseling (1) crabby (1) creative (1) cross midline (2) cyclical (1) daily activity (1) death (1) death in the family (1) debt (1) deer ticks (1) defensive (1) deficit (1) delay (4) delays (1) dental (1) dentist (1) depression (3) depression symptoms (1) development (4) developmental (3) developmental concerns (1) developmental delay (1) developmental disability (1) developmental disorder (1) developmental testing (1) device (1) diabetes (1) diagnosis (1) dichotic listening (1) diet (3) difficult (1) difficult child (1) disability (3) disfluent (1) disorder (2) disorders (1) distracted (1) distractions (1) divorce (1) dizziness (1) dogs (1) Down syndrome (4) Down's syndrome (1) drinks (1) dyscalculia (1) dysfluent (1) dysgraphia (1) dyslexia (1) early diagnosis (1) eat (1) eating (2) educational assessment (1) educational psychologist (1) educational testing (1) egg (1) electronic device (2) emotion (3) emotions (2) empathy (1) employer (1) employment (1) encopresis (2) ENT (1) epilepsy (1) epilepsy foundation (1) evaluation (1) executive functioning (1) exploration (1) expressive language (1) failed medication trials (1) failing (1) failure to thrive (1) fall (1) falls (1) family (4) family activity (1) FASD (1) fat (1) fecal staining (1) feeding (4) feeding disorder (1) feel (1) feeling (1) feelings (2) finding books for kids (1) fine motor (5) finger foods (1) first foods (1) first words (1) fish oil (1) fit (1) flat spot (1) floor play (2) fluent (1) following directions (2) food (4) food allergies (1) free tickets (1) frenulum (1) frenum (1) fruit (2) frustrated (1) frustration (1) functional play (1) GABA (1) gain (1) gene testing (1) genesight (1) genetic testing (1) girls ADHD (1) girls autism studies (1) girls with autism (1) google (1) google glass (1) GPS tracking (1) grade level (1) grades (1) grief (1) grieving (2) gross motor (4) grow (1) growth (1) grumpy (1) halloween (1) hamstring (2) hand dominance (2) handwriting (2) handwriting without tears (1) happy (1) Harvard (1) hat (1) head (1) head injury (1) headache (1) health (1) healthy (3) healthy diet (1) healthy eating (1) healthy habits (1) hearing (5) hearing loss (1) heart problems (1) helmet (1) high school (1) higher dosages (1) hip adductors (2) hip dislocation (2) hiring (1) hitting your head (1) hives (1) hold back (1) holidays (1) homework (1) homework help (1) homework tips (1) hydration (1) hyper (1) hyperactivity (1) hypertonia (2) I can ride (1) I can shine (1) identify anxiety (1) identify depression (1) IEP (2) IEP help (1) IEP meeting (1) IEP questions (1) illness (1) imaging (1) improve child health (1) improve memory (1) improve working memory (1) impulsive (1) infant (2) internet (1) intervention (2) ipad (3) iphone (2) irritability (1) itchy (1) job finder (1) job seeker (1) jobs (1) kid (3) kid's memory (1) kids (10) kids concussions (1) kids sports injury (1) kids using phones (1) kindergarten (1) kneeling (2) langauge (1) language (10) language delay (1) language disorders (1) language therapy (1) laxative (1) ld (1) learning (5) learning disorders (1) legs (1) letters (1) Lexile level (1) lexile measure (1) library (1) limited diet (1) lip tie (1) listening (3) literacy (1) look (1) losing consciousness (1) loss (1) loss of consciousness (1) loud (1) low tone (2) lower dosages (1) Lyme disease (1) m-chat (1) mad (2) manage (1) massage (1) Mat Man (1) math difficulties (1) meal time (1) mealtime difficulties (1) medical (3) medical provider (1) medication (4) medication trials (1) medicine (1) melatonin (1) memory (1) memory games (1) memory tips (1) memory tricks (1) mental health (1) mental rest (1) mercury (1) messy play (2) metabolism (1) metabolize medication (1) middle school (1) midline (2) minerals (1) minneapolis (1) Minnesota (2) mittens (1) MMR (1) modification (1) MOFAS (1) mom (1) mood (3) mood disorders (2) moody adolescent (1) moody child (1) moody teen (1) mother (1) motherese (1) mouthing (1) moving to a new house (1) multi-sensory (1) multi-vitamin (1) muscle tightness (2) music (2) narrow diet (1) neck (1) nicole schumann (1) noise (1) noisy (2) nonverbal (1) not sleepy (1) not talking (1) nurse practitioner (1) nurture (1) nurturing (1) nutrition (2) oats (1) obese (1) obesity (1) occupational therapist (4) occupational therapy handwriting cursive printing (1) occupational therapy (11) occupational therapy evaluation (1) oral (1) oral hygiene (1) oral input (1) oral motor (1) orthopedic problems (2) OT Occupational therapy fine motor writing scribbl (1) OT (4) OTR/L (1) overweight (1) overweight child (1) paper (1) parallel (1) parent (2) parental support (1) parenting (3) parents (1) partners in policy making (1) pediatric (1) pediatric nurse practitioner (1) pediatrician (2) pencil (1) performance (1) personal information (1) pets (1) pharmacology (1) phone rules (1) photos (1) physical activity (1) physical rest (1) picky eater (2) picture schedule (1) plan (3) planning (2) play (1) playing (1) poison (1) policy (1) pollen (1) poop (1) poor balance (2) poor handwriting (1) poor spelling (1) potty training (1) poverty (1) pre-writing (1) pregnancy (1) pretend play (1) preverbal (1) problem solving (1) processing (3) progressive wait (1) protein (1) provider (1) psychological testing (1) psychologist (3) psychology (6) psychotherapy (1) reading (2) reading ability (1) reading assessment (1) reading level (1) reading problems (1) receptive language (1) red flags development (1) regulation (1) reinforcement (1) relax (1) relaxing (1) remediation (1) remembering (1) research (4) resources (1) responsibility (1) restricted diet (1) retention (1) reward (1) ride bike (1) rigid behaviors (1) risk factors (1) risk factors for stuttering (1) risk for stuttering (1) rolling over (1) Rosenberg Center (1) routine (4) rules (1) running late (1) sad (2) safe (1) safety (4) safety alerts (1) safety bracelets (1) safety devices (1) safety precautions (1) safety tracking (1) scared (2) schedule (4) school (4) school lunch (1) school meeting (1) school services (1) scooter (1) screen time (2) seams (1) seasons (1) seizures (1) self care (1) self regulation happy (1) sensitive (1) sensory (6) sensory defensive (4) sensory friendly (1) sensory input (1) sensory needs (1) sensory processing (1) sensory processing disorder (1) sensory seeking (3) sensory sensitive (1) sensory sensitivities (2) severe headache (1) sexuality (1) shake (1) shaming (1) SIDS (1) sippy cup (1) sitting (1) skateboard (1) skin (1) sleep (7) sleep clock (1) sleep disorder (1) sleep disorders (1) sleepy (1) slow processing (1) slurred speech (1) smell (2) smoothie (1) snack (1) snacks (1) sneeze (1) snoring (1) social (3) social anxiety (1) social skills (5) software (1) sound (1) spasticity (2) SPD (1) speak (1) special needs (4) special needs summer vacation (1) specific learning disability (1) speech (9) speech and hearing month (1) speech disorder (1) speech language pathologist (3) speech language therapy (1) speech pathologist (1) speech sounds (1) speech therapy (11) speech-language pathologist (1) speech-language therapist (1) spelling (2) spring (1) staff (1) Stanford (1) STI (1) stool (2) stool staining (1) strength (2) strengthen core (2) stress (3) stressful (1) stressful dinner time (1) stressful mealtime (1) stutter (1) stuttering (2) stuttering therapy (1) stuttering treatment (1) suck (1) sucking (1) sugar (1) suicidal (1) suicide (1) support (3) support groups (1) swallow (2) swallowing (2) swings (1) symbolic play (1) tablet (1) tactile (1) tagless (1) tags (1) talk (2) talk tools (1) taste (2) teacher (1) team assessment (2) team evaluation (1) teens (2) teeth (2) telling children bad news (1) temporary tattoos (1) testing (3) texts (1) textures (1) therapist (2) therapy (4) thresholds (1) tick bite (1) ticks (1) time management (1) timer (1) tips to improve memory (1) toddler (5) toddler food (1) toddlers (1) toilet training (1) toileting (1) tongue (1) tongue thrust (1) tongue tie (1) tooth (1) tooth brushing (1) tooth decay (1) toothbrush (1) toothpaste (1) torso (1) toys (2) tracking bracelet (1) tragic event (1) training wheels (1) trick or treat (1) trouble concentrating (1) trouble walking (1) tummy time (1) turn take (1) typical girls (1) unbalanced (1) University of Minnesota (1) vaccinations (1) vegetable (1) vegetables (1) visualization skills (1) vitamins (2) vomiting (1) W position (2) W posture (2) W sit (2) W sitting (2) wake (1) waking up (1) warning signs (1) weak core (2) weight (1) weight gain (1) whip-lash injury (1) whole food (1) whole grains (1) whole wheat (1) working memory (1) writing difficulties (1) yoga (1)

Scribbling is Important

Scribbling

 

Why is scribbling important? 

 

Scribbling is essential to kids developing pre-writing skills.  Kids don’t need to start with letters or shapes right away.  Let them pick up crayons, paintbrushes or finger paints and go for it!

 

Scribbling helps kids build eye hand coordination needed for later writing skills. 

 

Scribbling also helps kids develop fine motor skills needed for writing, drawing and other related skills. 

Don't worry too much about letters or staying in the line!  Let your kiddo go to town!  

Tags:

Its not Holland, by Rhyannon Morrigan

 Why having a child with a disability is not like being sent to Holland.

This parable bothers me. It bothers me a lot. While it is certainly uplifting, it makes me uncomfortable, because it denies a central and in my mind, undeniable fact about the experiences parents of children with life altering difficulties face: It is much harder and more difficult to parent a child with a disability than it is to parent a neurotypical child with no health challenges.

In my mind, a more accurate analogy would be this:

Imagine planning a trip to Paris for you and your partner. You get your guidebooks, your luggage, your wardrobe and your plane tickets. You research everything about Paris so you'll be ready when you arrive. You make make reservations. You talk with friends and family about their wonderful trips to Paris and how much fun they had. The two of you talk everyday about how much you want to go to Paris and how amazing it's going to be when you get there.

You get on the plane and take off. Suddenly, without explanation, the plane is diverted. Then at 5000 ft you and your partner are yanked out of your seats, strapped into parachutes you only vaguely understand, and tossed out the door.

Some how you manage to make it to the ground.

At first, you just sit, clinging to one another, checking to see if you have any broken bones. Once you're done thanking god that you're still alive, you dust yourselves off and look at the terrain. You look at each other and reassure one another that you're going to get out of this place.

Your first few days in the desert are exhausting. Just getting your basic needs met feels overwhelming. You feel alone, terrified and honestly- You're not sure if you're going to make it. Sometimes you fight, not because either of you is doing anything wrong- but because you're both tired and frustrated, there is sand everywhere, not enough water and there is no one else to yell at.

After many days of struggle, you finally make it to a village. The first thing you find out when you arrive, is that this settlement is made up of people who also got dumped out of a plane. This is what they tell you:

We are on the moon!
No, this is Arizona.
No, we're in the Australian Outback!
It's the airlines fault.
No. It's the flight attendant who pushed us out.
Oh! Another passenger pushed me out. How did that crazy person get past TSA?
There is no hope of rescue.

Wait! There is a rescue effort underway.

There is an 80% chance you and your treasured partner are going to crumble under the strain of this experience.

No, you won't, this experience will make you stronger!

The desert is a gift!

No, it's not. It's a war and war is hell!

Trying to make sense of this, you look around and say, "How did this happen? What made our plane go off track, when all the other planes made it to their destination just fine? If only we'd flown on a different airline. Who is right? Are we going to end up divorced or not? Is there a rescue party coming? Why are all of you talking at once?

Everyone in the crowd starts to shout LOUDER. Their voices jumbling into a unintelligible cacophony . Then, it dawns on you that maybe there are no right answers, because no one really knows. This is more terrifying than any answer you could have heard.

So despite being overwhelmed, despite struggling for the basic necessities and despite not knowing how you got there, you get on with the business of living your life. It's hard. It makes you angry, not at anyone in particular, just angry because it wasn't supposed to be this way. There are moments when the absurdity of it all makes you laugh. You and your partner discover that there are gorgeous sunsets in the desert and here, the stars shine with crystalline clarity. You smile a little more often and you realize that going to get water every day is doable once you know where the water hole is. You're scared sometimes, yes, but not as often as when you first landed. There are days when you wake up and wonder how you are ever going to make it through. At times, you're lonely for all the friends you had who went to Paris. Sometimes you don't recognize this person you're becoming or the person your partner has transformed into.

The desert is your new normal and once it becomes familiar, it's more understandable. You know which plants are poisonous, how to get sand out of your sleeping bag and how to be patient when your partner is screaming "ALL I EVER WANTED WAS A CROISSANT!" The path to the water hole is well worn. You learn how to handle your own meltdowns and you figure out that there are some wonderful people here in the village. Your skin gets toughened by the sun, and you realize you don't need Starbucks to get through the day.

Sometimes at the end of the day, as you gaze up at the endless sky, you wonder, "What would Paris have been like?" But then you realize that the desert has become your home- and you wouldn't give it up for the world.

Rhyannon Morrigan(c)2011

Special Needs Summer Vacation

Thinking about a summer vacation but worried about the challenges it may present for your child with autism? A website called ASD vacations (www.asdvacations.com) may have the solution. Read More

Tags:

Autism and Vaccinations

A thorough, recent study in which 95,727 children participated has again shown that there is no link between the MMR vaccination and autism. Read More

Tags:
1935 County Road B2 West Suite 100 Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 636-4155