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Vocabulary and Thought Organization Task Tell your kids that you are going to start a list and they need to add to it. Give them a list like Strawberries, bananas, Watermelon... They need to give you at least 3 more items for the list. This requires them to figure out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at "What Can I Do?"
Strengthening and Body Awareness Task Swimming on the carpet! Have the child lay on their stomach and does the army crawl across the room while pretending they are swimming. When the reach the other side have them use their hands pretending it is a towel to dry off arms and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at "What Can I Do?"
Visual Motor/Motor Planning Activity Building with boxes: recycle your boxes, tape them back up (shoe boxes, dinner meal boxes, cereal boxes, etc) and build a city, towers, bowling game to knock them down. This will practice visual motor, fine motor, motor planning, and hand eye coordination skills. Contributed by J.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at "What Can I Do?"
Occupational Therapy Task: Building with boxes: recycle your boxes, tape them back up (shoe boxes, dinner meal boxes, cereal boxes, etc) and build a city, towers, bowling game to knock them down. This will practice visual motor, fine motor, motor planning, and hand eye coordination skills. Contributed by J. Berryessa Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at "What Can I Do?"
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Speech and Language Activity: When your child starts to find practicing their speech or language skills dull or they become unmotivated, try mixing it up with a gadget or game that they don't normally get to play with. For instance, get a $5 sling shot at Amazon or Harbor Freight... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at "What Can I Do?"
Fine and Gross Motor Activity: Bubbles: these are great for visual tracking skills and hand eye coordination. Challenge your child by having they lay on their tummy and reach up to pop the bubbles (this adds a strengthening component to their trunk and upper body muscles). Contributed by J. Berryessa Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech Activity: Make your own "whisper phone". This tool will let children listen closely to their own speech and many will find it highly motivational. Just get a short piece of PVC pipe and a few 45 degree elbows. push them together and you have an instant whisper phone that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech/Langauge Activity: This is great activity for upcoming holidays. Break out the game Jenga (or head to walmart and pick up the imitation version for $5). On each of the blocks, write one task that your child must do before adding the block to the top of the stack. For... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Gross Motor Activity: Check out this fun idea. Collect some cardboard boxes and make a tunnel-maze. It will get your kids on their hands and knees or they could do it with an army crawl. This will be great exercise for bilateral coordiation and upper body strength. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
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Gross Motor Activity- Autumn means leaf piles for the kids to jump in. Put rakes in the kid's hands and let them get to work. Make the piles huge. The bigger the better. This is great exercise with the promise of fun once the pile in made. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
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Motor and Sensory Activity- With Halloween coming, it is pumpkin carving time. Make this a family activity. You should remove the top and give larget spoons to the kids. Tell them to clean it out- no seeds, no strings, no goop. Let them go to work, but be ready to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech and Language Activity- Many children are not comfortable initating conversation with unfamiliar people. This is an important life skill because they may not be able to get help or assistance if they shy away from using assertive utterances. Practice this skill in the grocery story, the library, or when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech and Language Activity If you child normally plays with toys in the bathtub, you can elicit lots of requests by removing all the toys from the tub prior to starting the bath. Put the toys in sight but out of reach of the child. Once your child is in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Fine-Motor Activity: Check out this cool idea for practice tying shoes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech Activity: Give your child a magazine or a book (probably best to use a book that is worn out) and a highlighter. Ask them to highlight all the words that have the sound they are working on. If your son is working on /s/, then he should highlight all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Language Activity: Help your child build langauge and organize their thinking skills by giving them a short list it items and ask how they go together. For example, how do these go together- cow, horse, pig, chicken cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, smores mittens, coat, scarf carrot, broccoli, lettuce, green beans... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech-Language Therapy: Play I SPY! Have your child find objects that start with their target speech sound or by a specific attribute. For example, “Spy something that is heavy, blue, cold, wet, hard, etc.” Contributed by: S Adams Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
OT Activity: Paper, glue and scissors- one of my daughters favorite activities is just getting a spiral notebook out grab a pair or scissors and chop away. They glue mounds of cut paper together into fun creations. It works on hand strength, scissor skills and bilateral coordination, as well as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech-Language Therapy: Make some homemade play doh! You have to follow directions and use so many fantastic vocabulary words while you work! All you need is the following: 2 cups plain flour (all purpose) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup salt 2 tablespoons cream of tartar Up to 1.5 cups... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
OT Activity: Bubble popping using a popping wand. Designate a popping hand. You have to poke the bubbles and then switch hands periodically. Works on eye tracking, motor planning, midline crossing, make it more challenging by standing on one foot , or standing on an uneven surface. Contributed by: S.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech-Language Therapy: Play ZINGO! It is a great game to work on articulation (most of the items are CVC words with early developing phonemes) and language using personal pronouns (I need a cat). Contributed by: C. Heflin Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
OT Activity: Deck of cards: Spread one deck of cards out face up and use a 2nd deck of cards and find the matches. Works on visual scanning, visual perception, fine motor, and midline crossing. Contributed by: S. Adams Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech-Language Therapy: Take a walk. Name all the things you see that start with the letter “s.” The kids may need help along the way, so feel free to point out some objects, but make sure that the child it doing the naming. Contributed by: C. Heflin* Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
PT Activity: Have a Hoppy Easter. When the family and friends get together for Easter, let the kids have a "bunny Race". Tell the kids to hop with two feet to the tree and back. Next have them get on all fours and jump (remember, they are pretending to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"
Speech-Language Activity: What is the plural of: leaf, knife, foot, tooth, child, man, woman, goose, and mouse. If this is a new skill for your child they will probably give you some hilarious answers. Contributed by: C. Heflin* *Some contributions have been edited for style and/or content. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at "What Can I Do?"