Putting Therapy Into Practice
Check your vegetable plant! Ask your child what colors they see on the leaves, flowers, and/or vegetables. Measure how long the leaves are, how tall the plant is, and how wide the vegetables are; then talk about the plant’s growth. Discuss how you can get the vegetable off the plant: pull it, cut it, twist it. How does it feel? slimy, squishy, bumpy. Eat the vegetable! How does it taste? Yummy, yucky, delicious, sweet, sour.
Yo Yo Water Balloons
You will need:
- water balloons
- 1 large rubber band or 2-3 small rubber bands
Cut the rubber band so that you can attach it to the water balloon (if you are using small rubber bands, cut them and tightly tie them together). Fill the water balloon, leaving enough space to tie it closed. Tie the water balloon. Attach one end of the rubber band to the water balloon. Hold onto the other end and have fun with your yo-yo!
- how easy/how hard it was to fill the water balloon and tie it closed
- what does the balloon feel like? squishy, hard, heavy, light, slimy, cold, hot, wet
- how you can change the movement? up high/down low, fast/slow
- did it pop? did you get wet? did you hear a noise?
Aileen’s Recommended Activity
The Hasbro Ball Popper is a wonderful toy for children to explore cause and effect. The ball popper provides visual, tactile and auditory feedback. There are many ways you can facilitate language and basic concept skills:
- Setting Up The Play Scheme/Eliciting Communication Intent: Encourage your child to answer, direct, comment, and question by setting up the environment and shaping your language to encourage responses. For example: yes/no, more/all done, on/off, me/you. It is important that operational control of this game be restricted to the parent/caregiver. That way, your child learns to use words to communicate what they want.
- Comment: A great way to encourage conversation is for parents and children to say phrases such as: Pop! Up, Up, Up. Wow, the ball goes pop! Put ball in. Turn it on. I want a red ball. No more. All done.
- Questions: Ask your child a variety of questions such as:
- Where does the ball go? (in)
- What color is this ball ? (red)
- What should I do now? (put it in)
- Where’s the (color) ball? (under the table)
- Motor Speech Control: This activity is a wonderful way to target functional words and phrases. Speak with your PROMPT© trained therapist and develop an appropriate vocabulary for your child. Some examples from this activity include: pop, on, up, down, in, pop up.
- August 2nd: 9:00-2:00 Friendship Firehouse Festival in Old Town Alexandria
- August 1st-2nd: Fairfax County 4 H Fair at Frying Pan Park
- August 5th-August 9th: Arlington County Fair
- August 21-23rd: 5:00 Outdoor Film Festival in Rockville