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Our Top 5 Art Supplies For Speech and Language

submitted by kidspeak

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!


6 Ways to Make Your Child Feel Like They're in Control

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Let’s face it. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a therapist, a nanny, a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle or a friend, being with children on a regular basis can be exhausting. No matter what age the children are, they can all present different challenges. The adult is ultimately in control and in charge, but sometimes that is all the child wants (especially toddlers….WHEW), to be in control of their little world. We have a few tips that can help your child feel like they are in control when really, the adult still is.


10 Tips to Promote Language Through Play

submitted by kidspeak

Playing with your child is one of the BEST things you can do to promote speech and language development; however, play can be difficult for some children and for some adults. Here are 10 things you can do at home, at school or in therapy to help increase your child’s play skills and speech and language development in a fun, natural way.


The Monsters Down the Street

submitted by juliehornok

Here's to all the amazing siblings in our children's lives! They don't get enough credit for their kindness, compassion, and ability to think on their toes when a dangerous situation arises with their brother or sister with autism. I am so proud of my son Andrew, and here is just one reason why:
It was a normal day like any other day. The skies were blue, the weather was pleasant, and there
was a slightly cool breeze that made me vacillate if I should run in and grab jackets for the kids.
My oldest son, Andrew, was eight years old, and my daughter with autism, Lizzie, was six.
Andrew and Lizzie rode their scooters down the street, just out of my eye sight. At the exact
same crack in the sidewalk, Lizzie would turn around, and they would scooter back to me.


All About Toys #5: Magna Doodles

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All About Toys #4: Pretend Play Sets

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Let's Talk Turkey

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All About Toys #3: Play-Doh®

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Tricky Fish By Achievement Products: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Tricky Fish
Price: $26.95
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Overview:
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
An imaginative way to faster visual motor and eye-tracking skills!


Can Essential Oils help Autism?

submitted by juliehornok

Essential Oils have been getting a lot of buzz lately. Every time a turn around, I seem to hear someone saying “there’s an oil for that!” I was extremely skeptical at first, but I won’t lie, now I am on board the oil train full speed.
I first tried an essential oil called Thieves that is good for immune system support. My youngest son came home for school with that glassy look in his eyes and lethargic body language that told me I was going to have to cancel my whole day tomorrow. As an experiment, I put some Thieves on his feet before bed and diffused it in his room over night. He jumped right out of bed the next morning good as new!
I was a little shocked at how quickly he was feeling better and decided to start trying the essential oils for issues I was having with my daughter with autism. I couldn’t believe the difference the oils made in her! She started asking for her oils at night because they helped her fall sleep and stay asleep, and she asked for her “brain oil” in the morning because the oils made her “fuzzy brain” go away. When she was having a huge amount of anxiety due to state testing at school, essential oils helped her keep her emotions under control.
Here are a eleven essential oils we have found very beneficial in our home.