Happy November from you friendly therapists and staff at Kids Place Therapy Services! Although we may be shivering in these colder temperatures, the KPTS family is excited for the season of giving. November is a wonderful time to give thanks for your family and friends as well as to take advantage of these last few weeks of fall. Scavenger hunts and walks outside can be a great way to incorporate language and movement into your kiddo’s routine; there are so many colorful leaves, acorns, and pinecones to collect before winter arrives. These leaves, acorns, and pinecones can be utilized in art projects, described using rich language, put into fall themed sensory bins, and incorporated into books and stories. Some great fall and Thanksgiving stories you might want to check out during your next library visit include: How to Catch a Turkey, Llama Llama Gives Thanks, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey, Turkey Trouble, and ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. Get reading, have fun, and stay warm!
It’s October and the KPTS team is ready to get spooky. Fall and Halloween activities are a great way to get your child engaged. If your child is a mover and a shaker, making leaf piles, climbing bales of hay, pulling wagons of pumpkins, picking apples, and completing fall scavenger hunts can be a great way to add movement, heavy work, and fun in the fall months. Food based activities for fall include making smores, baking cookies and pies, making soup and chili, baking pumpkin bread, and making candy apples. For some Halloween razzle dazzle, painting and carving pumpkins, telling scary stories, making Halloween costumes, and creating Halloween decorations can provide fun for the whole family. Last but not least, your family can turn into zombies using toilet paper or ghosts using sheets for Halloween games. As always, have fun and stay spooky!
Hello from your friendly KPTS team and happy end of September! It’s hard to believe that summer has come to an end already. With the sadness of summer coming to an end, there is no better time to celebrate breakfast than the month of September. Eating a regular morning breakfast helps to manage weight, guides us toward eating healthier meals throughout the day, and gives our bodies energy to begin our day. As we control our own breakfast choices, it is important to help our children create healthy breakfast tendencies. Children who eat a regular and healthy breakfast are more likely to perform better at school and demonstrate positive behaviors. Making breakfast with your children is also a great way to involve your child in meal preparation as well as target language, speech, and sensory goals. Some healthy breakfast choices include banana pancakes, breakfast pizza, yogurt parfait, egg bites, smoothie bowls, and breakfast burritos. With your child, you can explore different textures (e.g., berries, oatmeal, yogurt), model verbs and action words (e.g., chop, mix, cut, whisk, scoop), make comments (e.g., so creamy, I like berries), target following directions (e.g., put the raspberries in the bowl, give me cup), and have fun!