Blogging with Dr. Susan


Blogging with Dr. Susan

Short and sweet

Threeways to stop arguing with kids Ask your kids for their opinions Listen Remind them you are in charge Listen and stay calm No hit.... No strap

Credit goes to kids only when they deserve praise

Can you give up a negative parental habit? Stop complimenting your kids for small and unearned creates false attitudes of over achievement and makes real achievements less meaningful as well as kids who feel entited and wondering what actual gifts they have. Kids hop from one activity to another with no feeling of real achievement when this pattern persists

Blog regarding teacher misconductů.



Banner is:  teaching is not a dangerous profession! 

“ Men and women who teach are valued by parents and administrators by varying degrees ….this school and the teacher , shame on you!  You are not valued as a teacher and you have no backup!  Have you no training  in cases of student disruption? 

You do not know what the  administrative responses to mouthy kids and potentially volatile situations exactly is? 

You do not have a plan for assisting a  teacher who feels threatened?

No classroom phone to report a situation that needs attention?   When a situation evolves, teacher personnel and administrative personnel should have been trained!   

Here’s the drill….  The child is immediately isolated and stays with attendants or administrators  until parents arrive to resolve their child’s  situation!  End of story! 

Developing Language


The average child will learn the language spoken in his or her family and community simply because the ability to learn language is rooted in the biological nature of human beings. As the child's body and mind mature, so does the ability to understand and speak a language. Which language? Naturally, it will be the language spoken all around the baby/child, complete with dialect, accent, and details specific to the family's socioeconomic group. Whether or not people consider themselves language models, they are "demonstrating" a language (or two if they're bilingual), with a particular dialect or accent, pronunciation style, vocabulary, set of cadences and idioms, and are saturating the little human being in it.

Whether or not they think of it that way, these people are providing a total immersion language learning lab. Children imitate and practice by babbling away much of the day in a specific manner that changes with their maturational developmental level. Whether or not people have ever heard of (or believe in) behaviorist theory, they naturally "reinforce" certain of the sounds babies, one and two-year-olds utter - by responding to them, and repeating them - and "extinguish" those sounds that don't "mean" anything to them - by ignoring them, thus decreasing the probability that the child will keep "saying" them after a few years of just enjoying making sounds and weeding out the ones that "don't work."

In many cultures and socioeconomic groups, adults don't attend to what little children are saying to them, and don't have conversations with children, yet words and even grammar somehow unfold and are absorbed (probably some of each). The children develop normal language.

Your education director's reason for encouraging staff to chat with children is probably that she's trying to aid you in making your program a high quality family child care center setting is that adults have lots of pleasant interactions with each child, including language interactions. Yes, language will develop without special attention or intervention. Yet there is much we can do to enhance it. Because possessing excellent language skills is basic to so many kids of excellence in life - including reading and interpersonal success - if we're aiming high all around in our child developing work, we have to consider it important to facilitate language development.

Auditory Processing Disorder


Children with Auditory Processing Disorder cannot process the information they hear in the same way as others do, which leads to difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially the sounds composing speech. It is thought that these difficulties arise from dysfunction in the central nervous system (i.e., brain).

A child with Auditory Processing Disorder will show some of the following symptoms: hearing loss, aggressive hitting and pushing behaviors, normal posture and skin tone, gazing into space and losing concentration, no change in expression, does not attend to people around them, sensory integration (especially spatial and Tactile) delays, face lacks energy and expressiveness, has quick jerky movements.

The effects of hearing loss may be the cause of outbursts and tantrums. Rule out Cerebral Palsy by watching the body movements.  Do they engage arms, legs and trunk of the body.  Do they move forward and backward and in a reverse direction.  Is the posture normal?  Is there head and back spinal control? Is the muscle and skin tone o.k.?  If you can rule these out then you chances are it is not Cerebral Palsy.

Suggestions: This type of child needs plenty of speech exercises.  Speech therapy should include oral exercises for mouth, tongue, lips and facial muscles. Having the child eat several times a day (small meals) will help the child articulate words and sounds. 

Children benefit from keyboard training, reading and working on computers. Yes, computer time helps chldren "test" their skills, play with notes on the keyboard,
"play" with letters and words. BUT - adults need to be involved, to help and to encourage and have fun with letters and words.Children needsreading, geography, art and music and writing instruction at school and at home.


Words That Encourage Blog


Hug them. Tell them they are terrific. Show how much you care about them. Above all LOVE THEM.

Discuss problems without placing blame. Children are more likely to share the problem and seek a solution if they don’t feel attacked.

Use “Please” and “Thank You” to build esteem.

Words that encourage

You’re doing a great job!

You’re really working hard today.”

Now you’ve figured it out!

That’s the way!




That’s better!

That’s the best you’ve ever done!

Good for you!

Good thinking!

Way to go!

Keep on trying!

I’m so proud of you!

That’s the right way to do it!

You remembered!

You’re really improving!


I like that!

Now that’s what I call a fine job!

You did that very well!

One more time and you’ll have it!

This is really great!

You really make my job fun!

Everybody makes mistakes sometimes!

I like the way that you are listening!

Thank you so much!

What a great idea!

Now you try it. You can do it!

I really appreciate your help!

I know that is very hard!

I understand how you must feel!

What nice smile you have!

I could listen to you read (sing) all day!

Your kindness is so refreshing!