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We think we’re helping but…

As parents we all anticipate our children's needs. We do it naturally without a second thought. When he has trouble putting his shoe on, we reach in and put it on for him.  When he can't get that puzzle piece in immediately, we reach over and show him how to get it in.

The key to therapy-CUEING

 

If hearing language all around him was enough, your child would not be in speech therapy right now. We need to give your child another way of taking in information, not just auditorily. Cueing, or prompting, is the key. In therapy we cannot just tell your child what to say all the time and you should not be doing so at home either.

Has your child been properly evaluated?

The win-win of having your child evaluated!

If you are a parent and you have some concerns about your child's speech or language development, or if your doctor has recommended an evaluation, bringing him in for an assessment really is a win-win situation.

Fluency

Recommendations for Home to work on Fluency

Allow your child to finish what he/she is saying and never interrupt when he/she is dis-fluent

- Restate what you heard him/her say. Model it in a slow and calm voice. "I heard you say...", "That is a...".

- During play time you can model (without discussing it) how you can control your voice/sounds/actions: fast/slow (running/walking), bumpy/smooth (cars driving), loud/quiet (roaring/squeaking), etc.

10 Ways to help your Child all day Every Day!

Top ten ways to help your child's speech / language skills progress all day every day:

1)    Remember - every moment is a learning opportunity.

2)    Giving your child choices is an easy way to create communication opportunities.  For example, do you want yogurt or cereal?  The blue shirt or the red shirt?  It also helps him feel like he has some say in what happens during his day.

Pet Therapy with Rachele and Torey

Hello Parents of Seven Bridges Therapy,

Since grad school, I have always been interested in the positive
effects of therapy dog’s while working with children during speech
therapy sessions and hope to own a therapy dog myself one day to
work with students.

Picnic

 

PICNIC
Get your kids out and about while working on social skills, too!

Materials:
Basket or bag
Several choices of snacks NOTE: If your child is working on specific speech sounds, you can pick items that have that the target sound in it -- peaches, pears, pretzels, popcorn, etc.

Green Zone Kite Puppet

Lee-Anne Bloom, OTR/L

This is what we are up to in OT this week:

Green Zone Kite Puppet
We cut (fine motor), put on a face (body awareness), assembled (more fine motor) to make a green zone puppet kite. The child named him Green Zone. When asked why his name was Green Zone, the student said, "because he is happy" (working on emotional regulation). He is showing he is happy by the smile on his face.