QUIET isn’t the same as CALM Video games and electronic screen time keeps a child quiet. But inside the child is often agitated, anxious, even frantic and stressed, – and anything but calm. What happens is that electronic games affect the brain’s reward system, causing a huge increase of levels of dopamine, which creates the sense of craving, and triggering the release of opioids, the neurohormones that produce pleasant sensations, so we don’t feel any stress or pain. In this […]

About toilet-training Toilet training a child is not just a matter of physically sitting a child on the toilet. It does not start with a bum-on-seat exercise, though this plays a part. Toilet training starts with helping the child to understand about ‘here – not there’, ‘good’ and ‘bad’, ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’, ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. It’s about realising that there are things that need to be thrown away, and that there is a ‘right’ place for the ‘bad’ stuff. If […]

Does saying the ABC lead to speech? It is good to know, that his mouth can produce speech like sounds needed for speech and words. But being able to list the letters or recite numbers is not talking. Especially with children with autism or autistic-like behaviours there’s a risk that they can get stuck with the simplicity of repeating the sequence of ABC or numbers, which often leads to echolalia and ‘scripting’, INSTEAD of becoming interested in the meaning of words […]

Oral-motor fun toy in 1 minute! Fun activity that’s cheap and quick to make for children to develop speech muscles and blowing skills for breath control: Categories All Autistic-like – Autism – ASD Eating and Food Speech and Language Stories and Progress Tips, Ideas & Play A warm welcome from Sibylle Janert. I look forward to discussing your concerns. To receive occasional updates sign up here: Email address: Leave this field empty if you’re human:

Electronics and the lost life Required viewing for all parents whose child was born from 1984 onwards, and everyone else. Brilliant perspective on our children’s generation, the downside of child-centred parenting, a generation crippled by low self esteem and social media addiction, entitlement, deferred gratification, binge watching, coping mechanisms, unrealistic expectations, and imbalance by Simon Sinek. Spot on. “If you’re sitting at dinner with your friends and texting someone who isn’t there, that’s a problem, that’s an addiction…If you wake up […]

To talk or not to talk? Sara had been trying to help 5-year old Mioko, who doesn’t speak by talking to her a lot. But this did not work, as Mioko made no progress. She did not even try to talk. And however much Sara talked to her, she did not seem to understand. After the 2-day DIRFloortime introductory course, with lots of helpful video clips, Sara said: ‘I have found that going down the levels and massively reducing language has helped […]

Trauma, Babies and Autism Habib: Traumatic Experiences as a Baby and Autistic behaviours: Habib’s Story Habib was born with a heart-defect. Aged 3 months, he was in intensive care for several weeks after the operation. His babyhood was overshadowed by his father’s violence towards his mother and abusive relationship with Habib and his older brother. When I met Habib, he seemed to spend most of his time with his head on the floor crawling round and round the room in […]

Giving up iPad and electronics Giving up iPad and Electronics ‘I let my 4.5 year old son Alex watch children’s TV and use apps on the iPad, because I didn’t see the harm in it. It gave us a break and gave him chance to enjoy his cartoons and learn some new things. But our son wasn’t listening to us, he was passive in his interactions. He was increasingly ignoring us and his behaviour was getting worse. We hadn’t realised […]