Tag Archive for: teachable moments

When Hannah was three years old she was getting lots of intervention; speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral therapy, and she was also in a public school ESE (Exceptional Student Education) preschool program. So many goals to be thinking about… it was overwhelming!

One day I was talking to my dear friend Nance about how concerned I was that Hannah was missing so many milestones. I had even stopped reading the baby/toddler/preschool development books. Nance shared a very wise idea that has stayed with me all these years. I have shared it hundreds and hundreds of times and I hope you will too.


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Every year as spring approached, I started to get a little bit nervous thinking about what activities and therapies Hannah would/should have during the summer months.

By May 1st, I usually had a lineup of therapists and ideas of what would help Hannah for the three long months of summer. Most importantly, I would ask Hannah what her goals were for the upcoming summer and work from her plan. I would ask her to list her top three things that she wanted to do. She usually wanted to do some kind of artwork, go to the movies, and go to the library. We were very fortunate that our local art center had classes and they were very accommodating for Hannah to be able to participate.


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Yes, we have all had that moment when our child says or does something that we were completely unprepared for! As a mom who has a child with additional needs, we are given a rare “gift” that we will have these moments…many, many, many, times. So be prepared!

Know that at any moment, any behavior, anything said or done, you will be ready with the wonderfully helpful question, “Would you mind if I made this a teachable moment?”


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