Social Stories for Children

Social Stories What is a social story? A social story tells about a social experience a child may encounter whether it be at home, school, the playground; anywhere at all. They are learning tools for teachers, therapists and parents to utilize when teaching children about a social situation and helping to provide guidance for when…

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Calming strategies

  Calming strategies to help your child RETURN to the Green zone Breathing Techniques 1.  Lazy 8 Breathing – begin with your finger on the star. Trace around the left side of the eight slowly while breathing in. Then trace around the right side of the eight while breathing out. 2.  Star Breathing – Begin…

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Sensory Home Program

  These strategies require no special equipment, just your imagination and household items! All of these strategies can be used for increased sensory processing, self-regulation, calming, and attention. Animal Walks Have your child walk like an animal to weight bear through all four limbs for increased calming and self-regulation You can use any animal you…

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Fun and FUNctional Ways to Use Sidewalk Chalk

The sun is shining, the air is getting warmer, and we can finally enjoy playing outside again.  Why not make FUNctional use out of one of everyone’s favorite outdoor toys – sidewalk chalk!  Here are a few ways to mix up the classic tool – keep it interesting and new for your kiddo and work…

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Tips and Tricks: Using Speech Generating Devices at Home

    Getting your child a speech generating device (SGD) is an exciting step towards improving their communication and independence. It’s an exciting time, but it is not a quick fix and doesn’t mean that your child can immediately begin to communicate with you. A baby is consistently hearing verbal communication every day for a…

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Serial Casting

Kiddos who are chronic toe walkers or have increased muscle tone in their calf muscles lack the range of motion in their ankles to be able to walk with a normal heel-to-toe pattern. It also affects their balance and can cause muscular imbalances throughout the body due to using incorrect muscles to compensate. This then…

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Splints, Braces, and Orthotics

From time to time, you may see someone with a brace on and wonder what it is for. You may even see kiddos with braces on too. When you think of a brace, the first thing that probably comes to mind is: “they must have some sort of injury”. Although braces and splints are oftentimes…

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Therapy in the Woods

  Hiking with the family is a great way to relax, exercise, play, learn, and explore new things. From a therapist perspective, this is also a low-stress and fun way to work on your child’s goals, no matter what the discipline. See below for ideas to enhance your hiking experience!   Physical Therapy Climb, throw,…

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Life Skills to Teach your Child during Quarantine

Life Skills to Teach your Child during Quarantine As parents, we have a unique situation which allows us to spend a lot of time with our children at home.  As an OT, I can’t help but think of it as a great opportunity to teach your kids some basic life skills, that will stay with…

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Ideas for Brown Bear, Brown Bear

  Model language for your child -Read with the rhythm of the book -Leave out words and have the children fill in words (after multiple repetitions) “Green frog, green frog. What do you ______? I see a blue _____. Looking at me.” Pause for a few seconds then fill in the words: “HORSE” -Read and…

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