Author: Cindy Utzinger

ADVICE: Why Does My Kid Struggle With Handwriting?

The importance of good handwriting can be easy to overlook in the digital age. Writing by hand, however, is an important skill for our children because it engages the brain in a different way than typing on a keyboard or…

ADVICE: ADHD or Sensory Processing Issues?

Constantly on the go. Difficulty focusing. Touches everything. Impulsive. Difficulty following directions. Most of us know a child (or have a child) with some of these tendencies.   These children are often believed to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or…

ADVICE: Why Does My Kid Seem Uncoordinated?

Body awareness is an important part of the developmental process, but it’s not a milestone we pay much attention to. For many of us, body awareness is not something we have to think about as we go about our day.…

ADVICE: Why Does My Kid Struggle with Noise?

A few hours at a local pizza restaurant with singing animals on stage, screaming kids, and the incessant pings of arcade games is enough to put me over the edge. I can usually hold it together, but as soon as…

ADVICE: Why Does My Kid Struggle with Anxiety?

Our children’s fear and anxiety can often lead to behaviors that leave us scratching our heads and asking ourselves, “Why is my kid doing that?” Anxiety is easier to spot and diagnose, but sensory issues can get overlooked. That’s why…

ADVICE: Why Does My Kid Struggle with Transitions?

A child’s day is filled with transitions. They transition from sleep to wakefulness, from pajamas to clothes, from home to school and back home again, from playtime to mealtime, from quiet to loud, and from one activity to another. For…

ADVICE: Why Is My Kid Doing That?

Proprioception (proh-pree-o-sep-tion) isn’t a word we hear every day. Often referred to as our “sixth sense,” proprioception gives us an awareness of where our limbs are and how our bodies are positioned in space. In other words, proprioception gives us…