Ilona Bannister

Ilona Bannister is a mother of two energetic young boys who have dyslexia and ADHD. She is the author of two novels, When I Ran Away and Little Prisons, and she has contributed to The Guardian, Literary Hub, and Moms Don’t Have Time to Write.

Toddler child wearing a hearing aid at home.

Education, Special Needs

What Is an IFSP? Individualized Family Service Plans Explained

Wondering what an IFSP is and if your child qualifies for one? To find out, read our guide to individualized family service plans and how they work.

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Special Needs

Balancing Act: Creating Quality Time for Siblings of Special Needs Children

It’s not easy for a mom or dad to balance the needs of all their children when a sibling has a disability. But when they can manage it, everyone benefits.

Reading time in an elementary school or kindergarten.

Education, Special Needs

Navigating the Path to a Least Restrictive Environment

Least restrictive environment means different things for each child, but one thing is certain—all children with disabilities have a right to an inclusive education.

Teacher near preschooler girl and disabled child with down syndrome.

Education, Special Needs

Top Five Special Education Acronyms Explained

Confused by all the special education acronyms you see? Trying to remember what they all mean? Check out our list of the top five for everything you need to know.

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Product Reviews

The 5 Best Breast Milk Storage Bags of 2024

Whether you’re heading back to work or pumping exclusively, breast milk storage bags are a must-have for your supply. Check out our list of the best.

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Math and Science, Sensory Activities

Exploring Nature: 5 Outdoor Learning Activities for Preschoolers

Looking for things to do outside with your preschooler? These ideas for outdoor learning are easy, inexpensive, informal, and best of all, fun!

Preschool STEM Activities to Spark Young Scientists

Math and Science

5 Preschool STEM Activities to Spark Young Scientists

Looking for ways to engage the young scientist in your life? Check out this guide to preschool STEM activities for some brilliant and fun ideas.

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Sensory Activities

Sensory Play: 5 Hands-On Activities for Preschool Sensory Development

Sensory play is easy, fun, and doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out our ideas for simple, hands-on - and messy! - sensory learning play with your preschooler.

Selective focus of little boy in crib falling asleep with help of application for baby sleep.

Product Reviews

Best Baby Sound Machines for Soothing Sleep

Wondering whether white noise will help your little one sleep better? Here’s our guide to the best baby sound machines to help your baby fall asleep soundly.

Little child is crying.

Behavior

Public Spaces and SPD: Strategies for Navigating Sensory Triggers

Public spaces can be challenging with SPD. Take a look at these practical tips and tools for navigating public spaces and sensory processing disorder.

Mother and child reading book at home.

Parenting

Healing Young Hearts: Children’s Books Guiding Through Grief

Children’s books can help you and your kids get through sad and difficult times. We’ve found some of the most healing books about grief for kids.

High angle portrait of caring mother tucking in child with down syndrome at bedtime in cozy lamp light, copy space.

Product Reviews

5 Best Weighted Blankets and Lap Pads for Kids

Heard a lot about weighted blankets and lap pads and wondering how to choose one? Here’s our guide to the ins and outs of finding the right weighted blanket.