Evaluations, Therapy and Service Coordination

Provided for Children Birth through Age 5

NYS Early Intervention and CPSE

Evaluations, Therapy and Service Coordination

Provided for Children Birth through Age 5

NYS Early Intervention and CPSE

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Up Wee Grow, Inc. is an agency approved by the NYS Early Intervention and CPSE programs to provide evaluations and services to children and families in their homes and schools, In-Person (or via Telehealth). Evaluations and Therapies are provided for children from birth through age 5 in Suffolk County, Nassau County, and all 5 Boroughs of New York City.

* Evaluations * Therapy * Service Coordination *

Our services are provided to children by fully licensed therapists and certified teachers through the New York State Early Intervention Program and the New York State Board of Education Committee for Preschool Special Education.

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ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis

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Psychology

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Service Coordination

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Speech Therapy

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Occupational Therapy

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Audiology

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Special Education

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Physical Therapy

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Social Work

Serving seven counties of New York State: Suffolk | Nassau | Queens | Brooklyn | Bronx | Manhattan |  Staten Island

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Birth To 3

Early Intervention

Birth To 3 - Early Intervention

Up Wee Grow, Inc. is approved by New York State and has contracts with Suffolk, Nassau, New York City, and Westchester to provide Early Intervention services.

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Ages 3 to 5

CPSE

Ages 3 to 5 - CPSE

If you are concerned about your child's development between the ages of 3 and 5 you may refer him/her to your School District’s Committee for Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to request an evaluation.

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Autism

ABA Program

Autism - ABA Program

Up Wee Grow, Inc. provides the highest quality A.B.A. programming (Applied Behavior Analysis) at the direction of our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D.).

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Teaching Techniques for Parents

We teach parents Maximum Strength Parenting through use of F.E.A.T.S. (Family-friendly Evaluation and Teaching System), our comprehensive system to empower parents to promote positive growth across six developmental domains with a multi-modal approach. This includes six interactive charts that we created based on 22 well-normed, peer-reviewed assessment instruments to provide families with realistic guidelines regarding typical developmental milestones in six areas from birth through kindergarten.

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F.E.A.T.S Tips For Parents

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Don’t Berate, Educate!

The son refused to clean up the mess.  The Daddy yelled, “How many times have I told you?!  You know better!”  The Daddy drove off for work...
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Hopping Forward Ten Feet on Either Foot Without Help

“Let’s Go Do The Hop!” Demonstrate hopping forward on one foot for your child. Talk about what you are doing as you are completing the skill. Repeat hopping several...
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Building Abdominal Strength

“Gut Check” Sit on the floor and allow your child to lie face-up on your extended legs.  Bring your child’s feet up toward your chest, then quickly push them away,...
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Manipulating Objects at Midline

Grasping and manipulating provide the basis for exploration and learning. Use pull-apart toys (e.g., Mr. Potato Head, interlocking blocks, pop beads, objects to bang...
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How ALL (met and unmet) Expectations Undermine Happiness

It is obvious that expectations decrease happiness when those expectations are not met, but expectations also decrease happiness when they are met!  How?...
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Finding Your Cool: “But I lose my cool…I can’t help it!”

No matter how difficult it is, try to remember the following points about discipline and behavior management:   Pick and choose your battles wisely, and stay firm...
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“I tried ‘Time-Out’ and it doesn’t work!”

As indicated above, the term “Time-Out” is an abbreviation and originates from the longer phrase “Time-Out from reinforcement.”  As such, there are many ways to conduct...
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Drinking From a Cup Independently

“CHEERS!” Make sure your child is in an upright, comfortable position. Give your child a cup that is an appropriate size. A cup with a handle is easier for him to...
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BITING: Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Biting is fairly common among young children.  But just because biting can be considered a “typical” behavior, we still need to stop it as soon as possible because...
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Kicking A Rolling Ball

“Getting Your Kicks” Have your child stand in one place. You roll a ball directly towards your child. As the ball is near him, state “Kick the ball!” Watch for the...
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Illusion of Invulnerability: The source of actions, both great and crazy

George Bernard Shaw said, “Youth is wasted on the young.”  But what if some young whipper-snapper quips, “Experience and knowledge are wasted on the old”?  In youth,...
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“What is this ‘school’ all about?”

In this “school” you will find teaching tips and “F.E.A.T.S.™ Techniques” to help boost your child’s development in the areas of Language (speaking and understanding),...
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Wiping Nose with Help

“Don’t Look Down Your Nose At Me!” Leave a box of tissues within your child’s reach. Make sure the tissue is soft so it doesn’t irritate your child’s nose. During play,...
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Knowing the Proper Place for Objects and Toys

“Have You Seen The Cordless Phone?”----“No, But Why is the Dog Ringing?” Everything has a place.  During daily routines, show and tell your child where things are...
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Does success leads to happiness, or does happiness leads to success?

Do you believe that you will be happy when you are successful, or that you will be successful when you are happy?  For those who define “success” in...
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“OPEN WIDE!”

FEEDING During feeding, make sure that your child is always positioned appropriately (upright, at a 90-degree angle).  Never leave your child unattended.  Make sure all...
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Amazing Grace

John Newton is generally credited with writing “Amazing Grace” based on his reading of the Old Testament as he prepared a sermon about his conversion while on a slave...
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Caution, this website may make you dizzy

Buckle up. The “flavor” of Maximum Strength Parenting varies greatly from chapter to chapter (and sometimes moment to moment).  At various points throughout this book,...
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Spreading With a Butter-Knife

“Spreadin’ Yourself Thin”   Frost a cake, cupcake or even cookies. Spread peanut butter or jelly on a cracker. Spread cream cheese or butter on toast or a bagel....
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What were the names of your great-grandparents? 

Are you just two generations away from being forgotten? These can be biting questions, but, nevertheless, they are questions that beg answers.  “What were the names of...
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SLEEP: Good Night!

How much sleep do we need? Infants usually sleep about 16 hours and  2-year-olds sleep about 10 to 14 hours (including naps). How common are sleep problems? 25% of kids...
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Looking Both Ways Before Crossing the Street

“What is the Chicken Supposed To Do Before Crossing The Road?” Accompany your child to a road or street where there is no traffic light and explain that you are going...
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Puts Outerwear in an Assigned Place

“Hang-Up Your Coat!” Create a designated area to place the family’s outerwear (coat rack, closet, hook). Place your child’s name in the designated area so your child...
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Trichotillomania (Self Hair Pulling)

What is Trichotillomania? Trichotillomania (sometimes referred to as TTM or "trich") is a disorder involving the repeated urge/behavior of pulling out one’s own hair. ...
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Safely Exploring Cabinets and Drawers

“Christopher Columbus, Magellan, and Now: Your Child!” Create opportunities for your child to safely explore household objects. Empty one or two drawer cabinets and...
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“At what age can I begin to use ‘Time-Out’?”

Remember that “Time-Out” by definition is a “Punishment” as it is intended to decrease negative behaviors.  Nowhere in the definition is it mentioned that a child must...
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Quiz: Are you a Democrat, Dictator, or Doormat?

To determine your parenting style, take this little quiz by circling what you would do in each of the following scenarios.  Of course, “it depends on the...
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“What’s the difference between Punishment and Discipline?”

“Punishment” only refers to decreasing negative behavior, while “Discipline” not only refers to decreasing negative behavior but also to increasing positive behavior. ...
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Well-Rounded or Sharp? Will your child be heard from the herd?

Do you consider yourself well-rounded, accomplished in many areas, and a Renaissance Person?  Or do you consider yourself an “expert” in one or two particular areas? ...
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Put Shoes on Correct Feet

“Do You Have Two Left-Feet?” Have your child select a pair of shoes from a pile of several. Encourage your child to sit on the floor or a chair as your child attempts...
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I was walking down the street one day…

Imagine being on a walk with your child and you are approached by a frail, physically non-threatening stranger who begins to yell at Junior.  Given the...
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Eats Solid and Semi-Solid Foods

“Breakin’ Bread” Using foods of different textures, allow your child to accept new foods. Position the food toward the back of your child’s mouth to elicit a swallow....
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Cruising

Oh, You’re Cruising” Place a favorite toy a few feet away while your child holds onto the couch. Play “ring around the rosy” (which involves side-to-side movements with...
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“But my child does not care when I withhold privileges”

I have just advocated patience, reasonable criteria in your “Yes-When deals”, and consistency.  But perhaps most importantly, never conclude from your child’s...
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Magical things every parent should know about Peter Pan

James M. Barrie was born in 1860, as the ninth child of ten in a large Scottish family.  James was 6 years old when his brother, David, died in a skating accident, just...
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Mother Nature’s guidelines for giving up the bottle/pacifier

There is evidence that babies have used some version of a pacifier for “non-nutritive sucking” since 1,000 B.C. Also, “non-nutritive sucking” begins in the womb and is...
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Does your child “have to” or “get to” go to school?

The United Nations has created eight “Millennium Development Goals,” to be achieved by the year 2015.  One of these goals is Universal Primary...
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“Sleep: Those little slices of death, how I loathe them” – Edgar Allen Poe

Bedtime often is a stressful, hectic time, and if you need help managing Junior’s sleep, refer to the section in Chapter 4 entitled “Sleep: Good Night.”  Once you get...
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Independently Feeding with a Spoon and Fork

“Fork it Over, and Get The Scoop!” Give your child opportunities to use utensils throughout the day. During play, have your child pretend to cook, eat, and serve.  Take...
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“Should I Use ‘Time-Out’?  What do the experts say?”

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) stresses the importance of teaching coping skills to children and therefore concludes that...
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“Morning Express” Yourself: Do you just rise, or do you rise and shine?

If your mornings are too stressful, here are some tips for you’re a.m. routine so that you won’t just rise, you’ll rise and shine.  Go ahead and “express yourself”: 1....
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PAIRenting: Where do you land (or fall) on ‘agreement’ with your partner in child-rearing?

It is often said that “You don’t know somebody until you live with them.”  We reject that notion, and, offer, instead, the following:  “You don’t know somebody until...
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Skipping

“Don’t Skip The Basics” Skipping can be a difficult skill for your child as it requires using both sides of the body in a cross pattern (i.e., left arms swings forward...
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The Terrible (or Terrific?) Two’s

The “Terrible Two’s” need not be “Terrible” at all.  In fact, the “Terrible Two’s” could just as easily be called the “Terrific Two’s”.  The supposed “Terrible” aspect...
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Holding Own Bottle

“Message in a Bottle: MMMMM!” Position your child at a 90-degree angle. Make sure both you and your child are comfortable and supported. Present a bottle to your child,...
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Conversation PEACE:  Speak now AND forever hold your peace

Who are the happiest couples? (a)  those who argue frequently and intensely (b)  those who argue with respect and resolve issues (c)  those who never argue Research...
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Imitating Adult Actions

“Do As I Do (AND as I say)” Allow your child to participate as you do household chores. When preparing meals, give your child a spoon to help mix. Give your...
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Helping To Dry After a Bath

“UGH! Twisted Wet Pajamas!” Provide your child with opportunities to wash and dry dolls and toys. Give your child a small cloth or dishtowel to practice drying dolls...
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The Short Tale of WAGE and SAGE

Two old friends (one named “Wage” and the other named “Sage”) crossed paths. Here’s what they said: WAGE:  So how old is your son? SAGE:   2 years, 4 months, 10 days...
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Crawling

“You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk” To achieve a quadruped position (on hands and knees): While your child supports weight with forearms or hands, lift the pelvis and...
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Frustration and Easily “Giving Up”

“My child frustrates very easily…I feel like I’m always walking on eggshells”  When an activity could not be completed or a goal could not be reached, your child’s...
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“Where did God come from?” asked my 5 year old

It took me a few seconds to get my mind around his question when my 5-year-old son asked one day, “Where did God come from?” On another day, my 4-year-old daughter...
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Resistance of Sharing

“Mine, mine, all mine!” or “Share, share, that’s fair!”  Of course, sharing can be very difficult for some children (at any age).  Often children do not distinguish...
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“What is the process of a ‘Yes-When Deal’?”

“Processes” are used with most jobs.  Consider two examples: flying to the moon and doing the laundry. When flying to the moon your process is complex: Build a rocket,...
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Modify as needed

Step 6:  Modify as needed Based on the results of Step 4 (Monitoring the Effectiveness of my Strategy) and Step 5 (Monitoring my own attitude and behavior in the...
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“What is the difference between Rights and Privileges (and why is that SO important)?”

There are rights and privileges in the world. In each country, governments decide for their citizens what is a “right” and what is a “privilege.” In your role as...
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Reality Show

One of the Buddhist noble truths is that “Desire is the root of all suffering.”  In thinking about disappointments, you will no doubt find this to be...
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Fun

I was recently reading “The Dangerous Book for Boys” by Gonn and Hal Iggulden.  The contents included (but were not limited to): the greatest paper...
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Without failure, improvement is impossible

My dear friend Trevor Smith wrote: When I was learning to walk, often I would fall.  Never asking “why”, I’d stand back up.  As time went by, I would still fall, but...
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Mommy Cheerist: Do parents have a moral obligation to their children to be happy?

Do parents have a moral obligation to their children to be happy?  First, let’s consider a few things about “happiness.” Dictionary definitions of “happy” include...
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“But my child doesn’t comply when I offer “Yes-When deals” Instead of obeying, he throws tantrums or hits!”

Everyone wins with “Yes-When deals”, regardless of your child’s response.  Here’s why:  If your child does not give you the compliance that you are requesting in your...
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Feeding Fixes for your Toddler and Preschooler

DISCLAIMER:  This information is NOT meant to apply to children with oral-motor or other medically- or physically-based feeding difficulties or disorders of sucking,...
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“TOY-JACKING” – High-Crime or Misdemeanor?

Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  Indeed, turn-taking, sharing, and social relations can bring out the best (and/or worst)...
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Mother Nature’s ‘optimal’ Birth Spacing

Due to economic and social factors, couples are waiting longer and longer to have their first child.  As a result, there has been a decrease in “birth spacing” (i.e.,...
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Rotary/Diagonal Chewing Patterns

“CHEW YOUR FOOD!” Present your child with a variety of foods. Vary the texture (e.g., mushy, crunchy, lumpy, etc.). Place the foods in different parts of your child’s...
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Requesting Help To Clean-Up Spills

“Into Each Life, A Little Spill Must Fall” Your child may be resistant to help or may not know when or how to ask for help. Here are suggestions to help: When...
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Resistance To Changes

“How do I help my child move past ‘ritualistic’ behaviors so that we can have some ‘smooth sailing'?  How do I decide what is ‘ big deal worth ‘battling’ over?”...
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The Best “Time-Out” Happens with “Time-In”

In our “A.T.I.P.” model of discipline (i.e., Avoiding, Teaching, Ignoring, or Punishing), by definition “Time-Out” falls into the “Punish” category, because it is...
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When is a Bride a Reward, and when is a Reward a Bribe?

We often hear parents say things like, “Junior didn’t want to go to the store, but I bribed him with a lollipop.” We disagree with the assertion that the child was...
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“Forget my child…I wouldn’t mind a little ‘Time-Out’ for myself!”

“Time-out” is as much for you as it is for your child.  Take your child’s “Time-Out” as an opportunity for you to calm down and “take a break.”  You can view his...
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A.T.I.P. You Should Never Forget

“I don’t know what to do about (this or that or the other) behavior……I guess I need  A.T.I.P.!”  We saw the great importance...
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Standing Alone

“Stand On Your Own Two Feet” Use a standing position to remove your child’s coat. Hold the coat but not your child’s body. Following a bath place your child in a...
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Returning Objects To Their Proper Location When Finished with Them

“CLEAN UP THIS MESS!!” Go with your child to where the toys are kept (playroom, den, basement, bedroom). Take out a variety of toys that you know he likes to play with ...
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“How long should ‘Time-Out’ last?” (Use the Clock and the Calendar)

The best known and most generally accepted guideline for the duration of “Time-out” is one minute per year of age (e.g., 2 minutes for a 24-month-old; 2-½ minutes for a...
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Choose and implement the solution(s) most likely to work

Step 3:  Choose and Implement one/some of you’re A.T.I.P. techniques Choose the technique(s) that are most likely work based on your knowledge of: what has been...
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Sitting Alone

“Sittin” Pretty” Move your child to a sitting position and provide support at the hips or just above the hips. Fade your support as necessary. Set up a “Busy Box” or...
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Tantrums – Tirades and Tyranny

“WHAT is a Tantrum?” tan·trum noun. A fit of bad temper. (according to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Copyright © 2000 by...
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Define specific behavior problems/goals

Step 1:  Clearly define a Goal – a specific negative behavior that you want to decrease or a specific positive behavior you want to increase By clearly defining a...
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Head-Banging

It is not especially uncommon for a child to bang his head in the context of a temper tantrum, however, it is important to take head-banging seriously.  Given the...
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Somersaults

“Tumbling Tykes” Don’t be afraid!  Show your child how it’s done! Talk to your child about each action while it is happening. Have your child squat down and put both...
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Paving the Road to Empathy

Of course, demonstrations of empathy depend not only on individual characteristics but also on situations.  Still, here are some age-based guidelines regarding the...
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Avoiding Hazards and Common Dangers

“DANGER-RANGER” Your child can show an understanding of dangerous objects/situations either verbally (saying Bad, hurt, ouch) or non-verbally (backing away, staying...
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Lying: Liar, Liar, pants on fire!

Why does my child lie? Children younger than age 5 or 6 frequently blur the line and can have difficulty making the distinction between fantasy and reality.  Beginning...
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The Missing Tile Syndrome

The “Missing Tile Syndrome” refers to a preoccupation with imperfections and anomalies.  Picture a large beautiful tile mosaic where out of the 1,000 tiles, 10 are...
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Your moment, make it a good one

Fast forward many years:  The master plan was kind to you.  Your “moment” has come. You had a nice run, and you’re ready to check out.  Hopefully, you won’t be in too...
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Indicating a Wet or Soiled Diaper

“HELP! Somebody, Please Save Me (From Myself)!” Observe your child’s verbal and non-verbal signals for indicating a soiled or wet diaper (e.g., vocalizations, hugging,...
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Shyness

How much of shyness can be attributed to “nature” and how much to “nurture?”  While we cannot say with certainty, it is clear that shyness has a strong...
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Telling the Name of a Parent

“Family Tree” This skill becomes very important as children become more independent. If separated from you, Your child will be reunited with you much faster if your...
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Hitting (of Others by a Child)

Kids hit.  There, I said it.  But that’s not good enough, right?  You want to figure out “why” your kid hits.  Fine.  A child may hit when: others do not understand...
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How do I know when to Avoid, Teach, Ignore, or Punish?  What is the “Manners Manager”?

You may ask, “So, I know A.T.I.P., but what should I do?”  Just use the ‘Manners Manager’!  To debate specifics about various behaviors is futile because the purpose of...
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Paving the Road to Self-Regulation (for children with hyper-sensitivity/anxiety)

Self-regulation of hyper-sensitivity/anxiety occurs along a continuum.  Recognition of the steps along that continuum is important so that you can help your child grow...
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Giving Up The Bottle

“What Do I Look Like, Some Sort of Baby?” Once your child has mastered drinking from a cup, gradually decrease the amount of liquids in the bottle. Give bottles less...
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Anger: It’s all the rage

“You gotta vent, let it all out, go ahead, it’ll make you feel better.”  Such is the common wisdom about anger.  It seems, though, the...
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A-Ha!

I was greatly inspired by the book “Single Session Therapy: Maximizing the Effect of the First (and Often Only) Therapeutic Encounter,” by Moshe Talmon.  Psychologists...
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“Divide and Conquer”

Alright, maybe the “battle cry” of “divide and conquer” is not especially nice when we’re talking about our children, but I’m quite sure that many of you have been...
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Siblings (with or without) Rivalry?

In the classic 1994 book, “Siblings without Rivalry: How to help your children live together, so you can too” authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish make several...
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“How do I build my child’s self-control through Time-Out?”

“Time-Out” is clearly a technique of “Punishment,” as it is intended to decrease negative behavior.  However, “Time-Out” can (and should) become a technique of...
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All the simplicity money can’t buy

It’s a classic scene: the birthday gift sits in the distance, while the kids play with the wrapping paper and box the gift came in.  It’s enough with...
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SILENCE! (for your moment of Zen)

When was the last time you were in total silence for 20 minutes?  I mean total silence.  Not with Seinfeld or Green Eggs and Ham.  Not with Barney or Beethoven.  Not...
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Fastens and Unfastens Buttons

“No BUTS, Just BUTTON IT!”   Demonstrate buttoning and unbuttoning so that your child can see how it is done. Have your child practice buttoning and unbuttoning on...

Taking Care of Each Other

Up Wee Grow, Inc. was founded in 1996 by Andrew Vaughan, Ph.D., Lauren Resnick, M.S., CCC, SLP, and Anne Long, M.S., Sp.Ed..

We value Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and although these ideals are never truly fully achieved and completed, we strive to keep them ever-present in our day-to-day work.

We value equal access to opportunity, engagement, education, health, stability, respect, and compassionate care in all communities.

The obvious and subtle qualities that make us different also make us resilient and strong. Join us as we celebrate our passion and work: Taking care of each other.

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