Even with lights, tinsel, and prezzies at hand, the holidays aren’t always bright for kids struggling to communicate. Well-being expert Tracee Rothschild of The Whole Person Center offers these suggestions to help little people articulate big feelings.
Use a Face Chart and Toys
The spreadsheet depicting different expressions enables kids to literally point out their emotions. Also try letting your kid play-act her thoughts using dolls, stuffed animals, or other playthings.
Ask open-ended questions: How does that make you feel? What do you think about that? Can you think of anything else you could say or do?
Avoid Asking “Why?”
The “W” word puts pressure on kiddos. You don’t want them to shut down or give the age-old response “Because!”.
Don’t Rush Things
Children need time to find the right words and the courage to say them. Allow silence between questions.
For more win-win advice, contact The Whole Person Center (305-310-3183 or thewholepersoncenter.com).
Winter Wonderland Mini Camp
What: Enjoy cooking, arts, science, sports, and field trips while school’s out.
Why: Holiday break looms long.
When: Mon.-Wed., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Also Dec. 28-31.)
Where: Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112th Ave. (305-271-9000).
Traditional French Holiday Desserts
What: Order a bûche de noël in caramel and hazelnut, chocolate, or raspberry mousseline with pear.
Why: C’est magnifique!
When: You need a mouthwatering centerpiece. (Just order two days ahead.)
Where: Chocolate Fashion, 248 Andalusia Ave., Coral Gables (305-461-3200).
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