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Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy: Offering Outstanding Therapy to Families of Children with Special Needs

submitted by Craig

Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy and AutismSpot Talk Therapy Intensives
Kate Lundgren – Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy
Craig Gibson - AutismSpot - Editor in Charge
So Kate, tell me - what is an Occupational Therapy Intensive?


Now That's a Problem!

submitted by kidspeak

We developed the “Problem Meter” for a few of our clients at KidSpeak, LLC that were having difficulty figuring out when a problem was occurring, deciding if the problem is “big” or “little” and figuring out their appropriate response. Many of our kiddos were getting VERY upset over “little problems”. We saw our children make fast progress with the consistent use of the Problem Meter within both structured an unstructured activities.


You Know You Have a Child with Autism When....

submitted by juliehornok

I don’t know about you, but the end of the school year is so stressful! All this testing is killing me…..state tests, unit tests, quarterly assessments and 3-year assessments have all seemed to fall within the same month! If we aren’t studying for a test, we are preparing mentally for a test. I feel like every night is a night that we are told to get to bed on time to get “good rest” and every morning is a morning we must eat a “healthy breakfast”.


Teaching Love and Family Concepts through Crafts

submitted by kidspeak

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it! Thinking of activities to do with your youngsters for Mother’s Day may seem difficult – it’s definitely a day about love, but didn’t we just celebrate Valentine’s Day not that long ago? So instead of talking about love, flowers, chocolate, etc… we present you: a mom and babies craft!


An AWESOME Way to Teach Language

submitted by kidspeak

At KidSpeak, LLC we offer a variety of different social groups so that all our children can have an appropriate group that focuses on each of their individual social goals. We spend a lot of time placing the children in the most appropriate groups and then with their best peer matches. When creating social groups, you want to focus on pairing children based on a few things: 1) what skills do they have in common; 2) what skills can they help teach the other children; 3) what skills can they learn from their peers; 4) do their personalities match and much more.


Getting to the Core of Teaching Language

submitted by kidspeak

If you are a parent, a teacher, a speech therapist, a babysitter or any other person that spends your everyday life with a child with autism, a language disorder, a language delay or with a baby that is learning language for the first time, then one of the best things you can do is to create and utilize a “core vocabulary”. A core vocabulary is specific words that you can use all day long within all of your environments (at home, at school, at therapy).


Soothing Stars Weighted Blanket: A Product Review - By Shari Angelico

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Soothing Stars Weighted Blanket
Price: $84.95
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Overview: Our amazingly soft, perfectly-sized weighted blanket is designed to soothe, cradle and comfort while children are sitting or lying down. •Up to 5, 1 lb. weight strips can be added for full proprioceptive input.


The Rubik's Cube: An Awesome Fidget!

submitted by Craig


Learning Language with a St. Patrick's Day Rainbow

submitted by kidspeak

In March we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but what does this mean for our kids? Rainbows, four- leaf clovers, pots of gold, leprechauns and more! Here is a fun rainbow activity for teachers, therapists (both speech and occupational) and families to work on many language concepts, fine motor skills, sensory exploration as well as to help prepare them for this upcoming fun day with friends!
Materials
-Picture of a rainbow - I printed mine on cardstock for a sturdier surface
-Pom poms
-Sequins
-Foam stickers
-Feathers
-Jewels
-Glue


Cooking with Love

submitted by kidspeak

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, February is a great time to focus on the concept of “love.” One way to do this is through something that we all love --- FOOD! Cooking with your child works on so many language concepts such as nouns, verbs, modifiers, following directions, sequencing and more! This week we want to give you some ideas on how to increase your child’s vocabulary, their ability to show love and of course loving food.
Vocabulary