Julie McIsaac is a child development specialist with an interest in joining children and their parents to problem solve and connect through play. She has a Masters degree from Tufts University and is expected to complete her PhD in Infant and Child Development with an emphasis on Mental Health (Fielding University) in 2018. Certified in the DIR/Floortime relationship-based framework, Julie has found that her most meaningful work is connecting with families. Julie lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband and three active boys. She has gained new insight into the experience of navigating life and services as a parent of a child with special needs, and Julie brings this experience to her writing as a guest parent blogger for Exceptional Lives.

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Children playing in woods

This week, we received a secondary diagnosis for my son. It’s been a very hot week. It’s the end of the school year. He’s going through a growth spurt. Is everyone getting enough sleep? I think there’s too much sugar in our diets. We should probably cut back on screentime. Physical play is always good.

Colorful cogs and wheels

I learned early in my career as a child development therapist that the parent is the expert about their child. When a child and parent came into my office for visual spatial/cognitive therapy, or when I went to homes to provide DIR/Floortime, I thought about this parent-as-expert concept. I’ve always been drawn to supporting parents and the parent-child relationship.

Children sliding down purple slide

But, I just poured my coffee.  

You know that feeling when you pour that first cup of hot coffee in the morning? The mug warming your hands while you breathe in the rich aroma and gently ease into your day.

No, you don’t remember that? That’s probably because you’re a parent.