Category Archives: Home Carryover Tips

Holiday Gift Picking Guide

Choosing a gift for a child during the holidays can be fun, but it can also be an overwhelming experience when you walk into the toy store and see so many different possibilities. You may often think, which toy is the best for my child?  Toys can help a child explore the world, gain new knowledge, increase fine motor skills, and improve language and social skills.  The American Occupational Therapy Association published a checklist about what to look for in a toy to further help develop skills. Toy Ideas
  • Blocks- The possibilities are endless when using blocks.  You can practice fine motor skills by stacking, engage in pretend play by building houses, castles, etc., discuss colors, and use prepositions to talk about where you’re putting the blocks.  
  • Lacing Beads in a Box- By: Melissa and Doug- Practice fine motor skills by having your child string the beads on a string.  You can also talk about the colors, numbers, and shapes of the beads, take turns putting the beads on the string, and practice one to one correspondence while counting the items on the blocks.
  • Band in a Box Drum! Click! Clack! By Melissa and Doug- Kids can pretend like they are in a band, play the instruments along to music, dance.

Autism – Tips for Out of School Learning at Home

Autism  Out Of School Tips

Children with autism reap many benefits from receiving pediatric therapy services, including learning and developing new and helpful skills. When school is out or during seasonal break,  how can you ensure your child does not forget those skills over the break? Establish and Keep Routines Encourage your child to go to bed, wake up and eat breakfast at the same time each day. If your child has sensory feeding issues, use this time to introduce new foods, food combinations and textures. If you’re potty training your child, maintain a regular routine with scheduled meals, snacks and drinks. This can help you determine when she naturally needs to use the bathroom and make potty training more successful. Set Daily Goals into Everyday Activities Ask your child’s therapist to request a list of goals she is targeting and incorporate the goals into your routine.  For example, if your child receives occupational therapy services, you may include crafts such as finger painting or drawing into the weekly schedule. Make everyday activities, such as grocery shopping, a part of the weekly routine as well and use them as learning opportunities.  For example, if your child is working toward saying single words or phrases, name items aloud as you place them in your shopping cart to reinforce learning. Using Visuals Use pictures from the internet, magazines or newspapers to create a daily schedule. Use the same picture for the same activity consistently for each daily schedule. For example a picture of.