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Using a Calendar to Build Social Skills

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Last summer we wrote two blogs focusing on temporal concepts and talking about past events (“Teaching Temporal Concepts in a Fun Way” http://www.autismspot.com/blog/Teaching-Temporal-Concepts-Fun-Way and “How to Get Your Child to Talk About Their Day” http://www.autismspot.com/blog/How-Get-Your-Child-Talk-About-Their-Day). This summer we want to continue along the same path and provide you with two new ideas that you can utilize in therapy, at school and at home.


Fourth of July Sensory Fun

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We love using sensory boxes at our office. Sensory boxes can be used for a variety of things, including emotional regulation (can be a very calming activity), vocabulary, math concepts (big/little, more/less, etc.), fine motor skills, and much more! With the 4th of July quickly approaching, what better way to prepare by making your very own 4th of July themed sensory box?


All About Mom

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Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate all the wonderful things we love about Mom! To help get in the Mother’s Day spirit, here is a fun Mom Flip Book to create with your child. This activity is a great way to work on a multitude of skills, ranging from simple fine motor and constructive skills to higher level Theory of Mind skills, perspective taking skills, and more. It is also great because it requires very few materials, and is easily adaptable to fit the needs of any child.


Autism in a Nutshell

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Like most afternoons, Lizzie and I decided to take a walk to the park across the street from our house. Unlike most afternoons, there was a large family barbeque going on in all areas of the park. There were little kids running around, chasing each other and flying kites. The older kids were playing basketball, and all the adults were congregated in the center of the park, sitting in folding chairs near the tables of food.
I thought maybe the crowd would be too much for Lizzie, but instead she walked right up to the adults and stood there observing the scene. I was so excited that she seemed interested in the people. They began talking to her, “Hi there. What is your name?” No response from Lizzie….of course. “Wow. You sure are cute. You have the most beautiful brown eyes. How old are you?” they continued with their questions. I began answering for her since I knew she would not. As we chatted for awhile longer, Lizzie walked amongst their smiling, happy faces and seemed to be making herself quite at home. She even hopped up on one of the empty chairs and began happily swinging her feet while scripting one of her favorite movies.


Our 10 Favorite Sites for Free Therapy Materials

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With the Internet, we basically have the world at our fingertips. This can make planning therapy, lesson planning and creating fun things for our kiddos super easy, but who has the time to surf for hours on end to get to the good stuff? To help you save time and money, we wanted to share our top 10 favorite websites to find free therapy materials! ENJOY!
1. DLTK’s Crafts for Kids http://www.dltk-kids.com/


Sand Timers - Set of 3: A Product Review

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Product Name: Sand Timers - Set of 3
Price: $44.95
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699


Tips For Fostering Language Skills Through Book Reading

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Reading books with your child or student is one of the best ways to naturally develop their speech and language skills as well as to work on specific speech and language therapy targets. But “book reading” is more than just sitting down and reading through a book. Today we wanted to share with you a few simple things that you can do while reading books with your child at a variety of ages to help reinforce their speech and language development:
Birth – 2 years


10 Speech and Language No-No's

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Our Top 5 Art Supplies For Speech and Language

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Art is a wonderful way to work on natural speech and language development for toddlers and preschoolers as well as a fun way to work on speech and language skills within therapy sessions. We want to share our top 5 favorite art supplies that we use at the KidSpeak office on a regular basis. Most of these items you can find at just about any store and they are SIMPLE. No need to have to remember or print off a million steps to complete one art activity. The simpler, the better – which usually leads to more fun and more LANGUAGE!