Family Resources

Social Games & Verbal Routines

What are social games/verbal routines? Social games/verbal routines are interactive songs, finger games/rhymes with hand motions, and repetitions of the same phrases/sentences of language in the context of a playful activity that are beneficial to building social interaction and learning language. Social games and verbal routines are FUN for kids because they are repetitive, easy […]

End Your Day a Therapeutic Way

It has been proven time and time again that young children learn best doing familiar things with familiar people in familiar environments. This is the reason why early intervention services (0-3 years) should take a whole family approach with lots of caregiver education and training.   Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most […]

Playdough Play Time!

As a pediatric occupational therapist, playdough has become the Swiss Army knife in my “toolbox” of occupational therapy equipment. I keep multiple containers of it in each of my therapy bags as well as my therapy spaces. When I see it on sale, I buy it in bulk so often that my husband has begun […]

Parent Tips for Articulation

Articulation: the production of speech skills “Articulation approaches target each sound deviation and are often selected by the clinician when the child’s errors are assumed to be motor based; the aim is to correct production of the target sound(s).” –ASHA Speech sound developmental chart:  https://www.boisechatterbox.com/blog/speech-sound-development-chart Tips for Articulation Practice: Pick part of your daily routine […]

Summertime Speech Therapy Ideas

Speech and language activities can be easily incorporated into your daily routines. Here are 5 ways you can target your child’s goals while having some summer fun:   1.) Water Play Ideas: use the water hose, turn on a sprinkler, water plants/flowers, use a water table and toys, use various sized cups and buckets, use […]

Social Emotional Skills

Social emotional skills are what we all use in order to build strong relationships with others and to express and manage our emotions. They’re important for our daily interactions!   Where to start? One of the basic emotional skills for kids is to be able to understand how they’re feeling. In order for kids to […]

What are Gross Motor Skills?

Gross Motor (Physical) skills involve movements of the large muscles of the arms, legs, and torso. These are necessary to perform everyday activities including walking, running, jumping, throwing, kicking, and navigating in your environment. Gross Motor skills progress as children grow and develop and allow children to participate in age appropriate play skills as well […]

Targeting Speech & Language at Home

Use Your Child’s Books Books are often a common gift that children receive as babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Books come in all shapes and sizes and can open up a child’s eyes to many new topics, ideas, and avenues during their development. Did you know that many of the books you have at home can […]

Treadmill Training for Physical Therapy

“Treadmill training” is the term most often used to describe physical therapy interventions that use the treadmill as a tool to help patients achieve their therapy goals. Implementation of pediatric treadmill training is about more than turning the machine on and having a child run or walk for a few minutes. During a treadmill training […]

Speech Sound Development

“I can understand my child’s speech, but others can’t.” “What sounds should my child be able to say by age 3?” “Is it okay if my child can’t say the ‘R’ sound yet?” “Does my child need speech therapy?” These are common questions that many parents have as they listen to the development of their […]