Parents have the power to help babies and toddlers at risk for developmental delays make important strides—but many are confused and intimidated as to how. In this easy-to-navigate guide, leading experts present more than 100 games and activities designed to strengthen vital communication and social skills in children from birth to age 3. Everyday chores and routines—like waking up and going to sleep, getting dressed, and mealtimes—are transformed into learning opportunities that promote crucial abilities, such as how to imitate others or use simple hand gestures to convey wants and needs. Parents are the most important people in their kids' lives. Now they can be the best teachers, too. Includes user-friendly features and practical tools, in a convenient large-size format.
“A marvelous, unique resource that fills an important need. This book is filled with practical and helpful advice and activities that parents can readily use when developmental delays are suspected. It enables you to take active steps to facilitate your child's development.”
—Fred R. Volkmar, MD, coauthor of A Practical Guide to Autism
“This clearly written, extremely user-friendly book will be invaluable to parents. It contains a plethora of ingenious ideas that you can incorporate into your everyday routines to enhance and expand your young child's learning.”
—Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
“I had the tremendous fortune of previewing this book and being coached by the authors when my daughter was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at 14 months old. We actually had fun incorporating the creative activities into our daily lives. Along with therapy, these techniques undoubtedly contributed to my daughter's amazing progress. Reading this book is like having these four leading consultants guiding you in your home every step of the way!”
—Stephanie S., parent
“Fantastic! The book provides key information about typical developmental milestones from birth through toddlerhood, and is chock full of clever games and activities to make learning fun.”
—Wendy Stone, PhD, Director, READi Lab (Research in Early Autism Detection and Intervention), University of Washington
“I will recommend this book to all the parents I work with. It is just what you need if you are worried about your infant's or toddler's development. The chapters are bursting with easy-to-implement games and activities, embedded in daily routines, that could help any child.”
—Sally Ozonoff, PhD, coauthor of A Parent's Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition
Introduction: Is This Book for You?
I. Helping Babies and Toddlers Learn and Develop
1. What Is a Developmental Delay and How Can Games in Routine Activities Help?
2. Keystones: Attachment and Behavioral Teaching
3. 12 Rules to Play By
4. Language, Eye Contact, and Imagination: Important Targets of Learning
II. Games and Activities for Toddlers at Risk
5. Waking Up and Going to Sleep
6. Dressing, Undressing, and Diaper Changing
11. Indoor Play
12. Outdoor Play
III. Games and Activities for Babies at Risk
14. 3–6 Months
15. 6–9 Months
16. 9–12 Months
IV. More Tips and Tools
17. Specific Words, Phrases, Gestures, and Signs to Work On
18. Preventing Problem Behavior
Appendix: Activity Lists
About the Authors:
Deborah Fein, PhD, is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut.
Molly Helt, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College, and the parent of a child with autism.
Lynn Brennan, EdD, BCBA-D, is a board-certified behavior analyst, based in Massachusetts, who has worked with children with autism spectrum disorders for more than 20 years.
Marianne Barton, PhD, is Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, where she is also Director of the Psychological Services Clinic.