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 and feet flat. Lift your...

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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 possible due to the comforts...

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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 2-3 details from a story...

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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 sound of clippers   Removing...

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What Can I do at home to help my child’s language skills improve?

Strategies for Little Ones:   Offer choices embedded into daily routines. This can be in ANY routine! Try offering visual options for choices of cups, shirts to wear, toys, snacks etc. This creates an opportunity for your little one to make a request by pointing, or imitation! Be sure to choose some time in your day to sit down and...

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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 at any point of the...

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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 can think of! Some examples...

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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 on a variety of skills...

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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 year or more before they...

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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 leads to difficulty performing and...

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Developmental Checklist

Is your child meeting their developmental milestones?