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June 7, 2022

The Skill of Teaching Social Skills

Social skills are the skills we have to get along with other people. Social skills can be as basic as saying hello and goodbye, or smiling and making eye contact with people we know. They can also be more difficult, like the skills we use to negotiate.  Some people learn social skills easily and quickly,… Read more »

June 7, 2022

Using LEGOs to Build Social Skills and Language

Social skills play a role in all stages of life from family relationships and friendships to romantic relationships and career success. Social skills are a challenge for many children with autism. Social skills that pose a challenge for some children with autism include turn-taking, social flexibility, and problem-solving. In recent research studies, researchers have shown… Read more »

June 7, 2022

Small Communication Changes, Great Results

Children diagnosed with receptive and expressive language delays frequently miss the subtle communication cues in their communication interactions with others. They often need additional support to take notice of those changes in their environment and to expand their communication skills. Supportive adults can offer the assistance these children need by changing their communicative habits. By… Read more »

October 21, 2021

What is a Sensory Diet and Why Does My Child Need One?

Every person explores, feels, and senses her environment differently. For some people, playing soothing background music helps increase focus, while for others, all background noise is distracting. A sensory diet is a personalized set of activities and environmental modifications embedded in daily routines which support individuals to be successful in tasks and transitions. What is… Read more »

August 30, 2021

Social Communication Development in Toddlers

If you have ever been confused or concerned by your child’s communication and social skills, know that you’re not alone. Many parents wonder whether their child is adequately communicating and socializing with peers and adults. Communication and social interaction skills are closely connected and delays in both areas often go hand-in-hand (Gabrielsen et al., 2015)…. Read more »

August 18, 2021

10 Great Summertime Activities for Motor Skills

Summertime is a great time to play and explore outdoors.  Many fun summertime activities are also great for facilitating gross motor development and fine motor development. Here are our 10 favorite summer fun activities to stimulate motor skills: 1. Create your own sandbox. Set out a plastic swimming pool in the backyard and fill it with sand… Read more »

July 19, 2021

Seven Reasons To Include A Sibling In Your Child’s Early Intervention Therapy

If your child is receiving early intervention services, consider including siblings in the process whenever possible. Siblings already act as a child’s model, motivator, playmate, and best friend. Just as it is vital to include parents in therapy sessions, the same can be applied to siblings of the client. Benefits of including siblings in therapy… Read more »

April 27, 2021

Sensory Motor Skills: What are they and why are they important?

Sensory-motor skills are the basic foundation for learning. All the activities and movements we did as infants, toddlers, and children help prepare our body and our brain to learn. These skills are essential to developing the ability to participate in classroom activities and affect academic achievements. What are sensory motor skills? Sensory and motor skills… Read more »

April 13, 2021

The A-B-Cs of Behavior

Problem behaviors may be a common challenge for students, especially those with developmental and learning disabilities. Parents, educators, and family members may find problem behaviors in children a common source of stress. The behaviors may significantly limit the child’s access to activities and settings for children and families, may limit learning opportunities in the classroom,… Read more »

March 18, 2021

Books! Books! Books!

Research suggests that storybook reading facilitates language development and plays an important role in preparing children for success in school. In addition to enhancing early language development and literacy skills, shared book reading, between you and your child, can provide positive social interaction. Reading with your child should start from birth. At this time, you… Read more »

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