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The following are videos providing occupational and/or physical therapy activities you may enjoy watching and then sharing with your child.
OT activities for at home.
Easy to do at home. These activities target motor planning, visual motor skills, bilateral coordination and gross motor skill development using balloons.
Get your child's attention and engagement with this activity that combines writing skills, creativity, imagination and sensory input.
Put your child's toys in "jail" by wrapping them in rubber bands or by taping them to different surfaces! Have your child "free" them from "jail" by removing the rubber bands or tape. Quick and easy activity to challenge motor planning, fine motor skills and bilateral coordination!
Easy activities to do at home to help practice fine motor skills.
Easy fine motor skills activities you can do at home with your kids!
Playing sensory games in the home is fun and easy! Engage your child in play that provides your child with proprioceptive input (muscles) using objects found around the home.
Correct pencil grasp.
Examples of ideas to develop your child's core and shoulder strength.
Fun ways you can work with your child on his or her fine motor skills and gross motor skills.
Create an indoor obstacle course for your kids using only household items.
10+ fun, quick, and easy activities to help your child develop core strength.
Target core strengthening, postural control and motor planning.
The following are videos providing speech and language learning activities you may enjoy watching and then sharing with your child.
Speech therapy exercises to do at home using readily available materials.
Tips and strategies on what to look for when communicating with your non-verbal child. Sometimes it is easy to overlook how our non-verbal children communicate with us because we are focused so hard on wanting them to use words. The therapy here is not magical in any way but very strategic and specific in nature.
If your child is learning to make simple requests and using some single words, then this will give you some ideas you can try out at home. It doesn't have to be Peppa Pig, of course! What would you choose to put in that exciting box?!
Playdough is such a fun and flexible activity, it’s useful for children of all ages and stages. Here's 5 ways to use playdough to support speech, language and communication.
Building shared attention is a key aspect of developing your child to learn and develop communication skills. In this video a simple practical approach to teaching children to pay attention is shared.
Five suggestions to help you build your child's attention and concentration in the early years.
Five ways to use inset puzzles to encourage language learning.
We want to give you child a reason to communicate! Snack time is often a great opportunity to teach your child some key vocabulary.
Stacking cups are an incredibly useful and flexible toy for helping children learn to talk In this video you'll get ideas for how to use stacking cups to help your child learn new words.
These tips will help you learn ways to build your child's language at home by incorporating language skills, such as spatial concepts, sequencing, and building vocabulary into play and everyday activities.
There are two main aspects of word knowledge that we can teach children: 1) the sounds that make up the word 2) the meaning of the word. This video shares six simple games that you can play with your child to help them explore and get familiar with the sounds and meanings of words. No prep required!
Lots of people use doodles and drawings to help them process and retain verbal information.
Sharing stories together is a great way to target speech and language therapy goals.
Kids love playing with big cardboard boxes! This video shares activity ideas for three stages of language development: first word learners, simple phrase talkers and those talking in conversations.
Does your child struggle to share their toys and take turns with others? It can be a tricky thing to learn, especially if you have difficulties communicating. Here's a step-by-step plan to help your child learn how to take turns.
Using objects of reference is a simple and effective tool to help children feel more settled and confident when moving between activities. This video will give you a summary of how you can use this strategy to help your child understand spoken language and make requests.
The simplest toys are often the best! Balloons are a fun simple way to build your toddler's attention skills and teach them some motivating words.
Offering choices within everyday activities is a simple way to encourage your child to use more words and to build their language skills. It may be simple, but there are some common mistakes.
Ready, Steady, Go is a fun and effective way to build your child's early attention and communication skills. This video shares my 3 top tips to make this an effective (and fun!) way to build your child's language skills.
Visual prompts are a great way to boost your child's understanding and participation in everyday activities. BUT sometimes it feels a little hard to get started. This video shares with you 5 super-quick ways to start using visual support with your child TODAY!
This is a short video that demonstrates how to implement a PECS Schedule Board in your home for your child with autism or other communication delay. PECS is short for Picture Exhcange Communication System.
Eye gaze is a significant way that we communicate nonverbally. This video shares a fun activity to build awareness of eye gaze to support social understanding.
Being able to understand and use action words is a key step in language development. This video shares some ways to help children learn verbs within everyday play, and books.
With so much change and uncertainty, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. So the small things we do every day become even more important! This video shares a quick routine you can use with your child to spread some positivity PLUS build auditory memory and vocabulary.
In this video children learn how to say different sounds, strengthen lips, and strengthen the tongue. Games and play that help promote speech are demonstrated.
Why use Speech Sound Hand Cues?! Visual, Tactile and Verbal cues are some of the MOST effective ways to teach speech sounds!
Children's Village offers a range of therapy services, all which strive to improve the quality of life and developmental progress of children with special needs, ages birth to 18-years-old. Pediatric therapy provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and family swim therapy.
Therapists emphasize enhancing a child's function in a variety of settings by training and working with not just the child, but also the family, in order to provide the highest quality of services.
Therapists participate in a variety of diagnostic evaluations, individual and group therapy, pool therapy, and home-based therapy.
Pediatric therapy may focus on:
- Development of motor skills.
- Fine motor dexterity.
- Range of motion and strength.
- Play and social skills.
- Self-care skills such as dressing, eating and bathing.
- Sensory integration.
If you have a concern about your child's development, talk to your primary care physician about a referral or start by taking this simple online developmental screening. You can also call Children's Village at 509.574.3200 or 800.745.1077.