Making Screen Time Interactive for Children with Developmental Delays

Amy shares how parents can turn sedentary screen time into an interactive and engaging experience.


elmoScreen’s often get a bad rap in the parenting world, especially when speaking about children with developmental disabilities. Overuse is a serious problem and understandably so.  A study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that many children are spending an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen SITTING.  Add to that how much time children spend sitting in schools, doing homework, in cars, at the table eating and the number becomes staggering.  Yet the research proves that MOVEMENT (not sitting) in children increases memory, perception, language, attention and decision-making.  All of these are areas our children with developmental disabilities need help with. Continue reading “Making Screen Time Interactive for Children with Developmental Delays”

Sixty to Zero: Our Unique Bedtime Routine

Amy shares her and her husband’s unique way of preparing their son for bed and challenges parents to look at their child’s evening routine and see if it’s working.


My father-in-law, Ole, was here visiting this past week.  We live in Orlando, Florida and he lives in Vancouver, Canada so we don’t see each other often. Barclay was thrilled to have a new playmate!  He and Grandad had a blast together.  The first night as it neared bedtime Ole was watching Barclay play.  We were all upstairs in the playroom and Barclay was running toy to toy and jumping on his trampoline.  Ole asked me if it was time to start winding Barclay down.  Continue reading “Sixty to Zero: Our Unique Bedtime Routine”

Bigger than Barclay

Amy Nielsen shares what inspired her to start the blog “Big Abilities” and explains her hope to help shift the mindset in families who have children with developmental disabilities to focusing on their child’s strengths in addition to their struggles.

What if all day, every day you were forced to focus on what you struggle with?  What if you had to spend hours and hours trying to get better at something you have no interest in?  What if the people around you were continuously talking about your weaknesses?  Unfortunately, this is the space where so many children with developmental disabilities live. Continue reading “Bigger than Barclay”