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  • Dr. Jacqueline Cahalan

Meet Your Child Where They Are At


Be open

Be curious


Some things to consider:

What are their strengths and what is harder for them?

What are their interests and what are their dislikes?

How do they like to present themselves?

Do they prefer large groups or smaller social situations?

How do they experience sensory information? Are loud sounds, bright lights, bold flavors overwhelming for them or do they often seek out additional stimulation?

How do they experience and express their emotions?

What soothes them and helps them regulate themselves?

How do they tend to communicate? With words? Gestures? Actions?

What past experiences do they carry with them?


How do the considerations above contribute to how your children engage in the world?

How do the considerations above contribute to how your children try to meet their needs and objectives?

How are your children alike or different from you, and how does that impact your interactions and relationship?


What else would you add to this list?


Considering questions like these can give you helpful information and a starting point when you are trying to figure out how to best connect with or support your child. Try to build on strengths and scaffold your support where they need it. Try to find a balance between setting expectations and limits in a way that both fits who they are and that also meets the specific needs and structure of your family.



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