- Stars: how many you can see, what stars look like, the constellations they make
- Snack: ingredients, texture (crunchy versus soft/chewy), taste (sweet versus salty), verbs (eat, scoop, chew, chomp)
- Books: actions with the book (turn the page, look, read, close the book, open the book), what you see in the pictures, how characters feel, ask questions
- Flashlights: use flashlights to play “I spy” in the dark
- Nature: talk about temperature outside, wind, texture of the grass, feeling of sheets/pillows/blankets, sounds of the leaves in the wind
- Songs: sing songs such as “Bear Hunt” while also using motor movements with your hands/arms
As a speech-language pathologists, we have the pleasure of working with individuals who communicate through all different means including speech, alternative and augmentative communication, gestures, sign language, and more. Alternative and augmentative communication can include both low tech and high tech options. Low tech options can include a core board or flip book while high tech options can include speech generating devices like an iPad with TouchChat. When communicating with an individual who uses AAC, pay attention to the communication partner as opposed to the device, be patient, ask questions, respect screen privacy, and do not completely dominate the conversation. Communication is different for everyone, all modalities of communication are valid and everyone has the right to communicate.
Occupational Therapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on individuals’ ability to be as independent as possible while participating in meaningful activities. Occupational therapy can look very different depending on how people “occupy” their time. Children occupy their time through play. At Kids Place Therapy Services, our OTs incorporate play while focusing on bilateral coordination, executive functioning, self-care skills, visual perceptual, handwriting, visual motor integration, sensory processing, and fine motor skills.