Ages and Stages, Hearing, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Wondering how to choose toys for your child with Down syndrome?

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?

Ages and Stages, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Therapy Tools

Quick Post on Oral Motor Exercises

Food for thought... 2011 Research on Non-Speech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOME)

Ages and Stages, Birth to Three, Therapy Activities, Therapy Tools, Uncategorized

How to have a “homemade” holiday

One of my Facebook friends is having a "Homemade Christmas" this year. She's making all kinds of fun items for her three daughters instead of buying lots of toys marketed for the season. This got me thinking about items around the house that make great toys (Thanks Emily!). And I can't tell you how many… Continue reading How to have a “homemade” holiday

Birth to Three, Elementary, Family, Jr. & Sr. High, Therapy Tools

It’s Here! The Annual Gift List for Children with Down Syndrome!!!

Our team members are often asked what kinds of toys we suggest for children with Down syndrome. For the past several years I've compiled a list in November/December for this very reason. Our criteria when chosing toys: Engaging/ interesting Target specific goals we address in therapy Not too annoying (limited bells and whistles) Developmentally appropriate… Continue reading It’s Here! The Annual Gift List for Children with Down Syndrome!!!