This week on Make-It Monday it's about not reinventing the wheel. As a speech-language pathologist I'm on the lookout for quick and fun ways to engage children. I have a few staples I pull out this time of year including: Positional Concept Hearts by Speech Room News. I printed out the hearts, laminated, and attached… Continue reading Make it Monday: Valentine Extravaganza!
I don't think I've ever experienced cold temperatures like this before. Negative 2 is the predicted high today. In keeping with nature's freezing cold theme I'll be reading, "There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow!" by Lucille Calandro this week. As you may have guessed from the title, this is a snowy take… Continue reading Make it Monday: There was a cold lady…
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a therapy activity. I love playing the game Hedbanz with my school-age children with DS. For those of you who’ve never played Hedbanz, it’s like 20 questions. Each player wears a crown-like headband and draws a picture card. Each card has a simple drawing on one side… Continue reading 31 for 21: Therapy Thursday (and a FREE download!)
Choosing toys for any child can be overwhelming this time of year. Many parents have asked, "If I'm going to buy toys anyway...which ones are the most therapeutic?" Parents are looking for toys that are developmentally appropriate, durable, and fun. Fortunately the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) just posted a great link regarding toy selection: AOTA Toy… Continue reading Wondering how to choose toys for your child with Down syndrome?
If you could peer into the day of a pediatric speech-language pathologist, it would be filled with many different activities. Phone calls, report writing, parent counseling, material making, physician consultation...oh, and actually treating children with communication/feeding disorders. I will be the first to admit that I work in the most clinically supportive environments ever. My coworkers… Continue reading A Few (more) of My Favorite Things – Treatment Activities, Web Site Edition