Balloon Fun to increase Gross Motor Skills

Wondering how you can work on your child’s gross motor development without fancy equipment? Below are 5 activities that address strengthening, balance, motor planning, coordination, and range of motion, all using just one simple object you likely already have at home—a balloon! 1. Bench Pose Balloon Float: Start sitting on the floor with your hands…

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Cup Drinking for Infants and Toddlers

  When it is time to give up the bottle, many parents struggle with what cup is developmentally appropriate for their children as they grow. There are so many options available on the market, it can be overwhelming. It is also common that children and parents want to hold onto the bottle as long as…

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Five Ways to Work on Preschool Language Skills at Home

    Read a story aloud and have your child answer a variety of questions Between the ages of 4-5 children should be able to answer and ask wh- questions independently (who, what, when, where and why). This is also a way to work on story recall (preschool aged children should be able to recall…

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Strategies For Hair cutting

  Removing the fear of sight and sound of the clippers/scissors Slowly introduce clippers/scissors placing across the room and moving closer as tolerated Once tolerated nearby, slowly introduce sound by turning clippers on across the room and moving closer as tolerated Present preferred activity for distraction during introduction of clippers/scissors Utilize vibrating massager to desensitize…

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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 Crab Walk Bear Walk Penguin Walk Tall Giraffe Walk Frog Jumps Bunny Hops Have your child walk like an animal to weight bear through all…

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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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