Putting Therapy Into Practice
January brings a good chance of snow! The next time it snows, go outside to shovel and talk to your child about what you are doing! Look! It snowed! We need to shovel the sidewalk/driveway. What do we use to move the snow? Where should we put the snow? Get creative! What can we make with snow? (Snowman, snow angels, paint in the snow, an igloo). If you build a snowman, ask your child, What should we add to make our snowman look great? (hat, scarf, nose). Compare your child’s snowman to another snowman in the neighborhood or a snowman from a winter book. Bring a cup of snow inside and ask your child, What do you think will happen? Have your child observe the changes. Have fun and enjoy the snow with your child!
Activity of the Month
Snowball Fight – Inside!
What you will need: big cotton balls, fake snowballs found at Target, or wool dryer balls
You can incorporate the following concepts into the activity:
- Planning: Where should we play? Discuss the pros and cons of different locations in the house. How many people can play?
- Social: Turn-taking I go; you go.
- Basic Concepts: colors (white), size (big/small), actions (throw, pick up)
- Following Directions: Pick up all of the balls before you throw again.
- Motor-Speech: Speak with your PROMPT© trained clinician to determine which words to use in the activity. Some lexicon ideas include: Uh-oh. Oh no. Do two. Don’t do it. Let me do it. Pick up. Put back in.