PROMPT© Bridging Course will be held at the Falls Church office May 3-5, 2024. For questions, please contact Danielle Weis.

Opening in PEERS® group Tuesdays at 5:30pm. Contact Melissa Friedberg – Hanen parent groups forming. Contact Amanda Compton

    Putting Therapy Into Practice

Find a time everyday to look out the window and look at the weather with your child.  Discuss what the weather was like yesterday, and what the weather is like today.  Compare/contrast the weather on the two days (Yesterday was sunny and warm but today it is sunny and cold).

Monthly Activity

Mud Playdough

Make edible playdough with your child using this recipe:

2 C flour
2 C warm water
1 C salt
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 TBS cream of tartar

Mud PlaydoughCombine all ingredients and stir over low heat, mixing frequently.  Watch for the dough to begin to thicken and clump in the center. Once the dough is thick and not gooey, take it out of the pot and place on a cookie tray. Knead the dough until it’s smooth. At this point, pick your choice of brown dye (cocoa powder, food coloring, cinnamon). Now you can store the dough in an airtight container or do the following activities: 

Ginny’s Recommended Game

I love the Hedbanz game because it can be used for semantic language (categories, describing skills, vocabulary), syntax (question and sentence formulation), as well as motor speech skills. To work on describing skills, take turns using organized language to describe the pictured objects so that the person “wearing it” can make a good guess.

HedbanzFor example, mom/dad can take a picture and put it on her/his headband. The child then needs to give her/him 3-4 clues so that she/he can guess.  For example, the child could say “It is a farm animal that says MOO and makes milk.” Choice of pictures can be limited based on the child’s skill level. If you are just starting out, limit the number of pictures to easy ones. As your child’s ability to describe increases you can add more pictures.
It is also possible to integrate syntax into the activity by having the person who is wearing the picture ask “What do I have?”, “What is it?”, “Is it an animal?”, etc.  

Upcoming Events for Families

  • March 7th: Old Town Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • March 28th: Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall
  • March 29th: Sensory Morning at the Art Walters Museum in Baltimore: find out more information

Ongoing

  • AMC Theatres offer sensory friendly films once a month: find out more information
  • Meet a Farm Animal at the National Zoo every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00

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