Speech & Language Therapy Resources
Speech/Language Development: https://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/
Activities To Encourage Speech/Language Development: https://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/Activities-to-Encourage-Speech-and-Language-Development/
Speech Sound Disorders (Articulation/Phonology): https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Speech-Sound-Disorders/
Occupational Therapy Resources
OT Developmental Milestones: https://theinspiredtreehouse.com/developmental-milestones-and-activities-for-kids/
The Basics of Sensory Processing: https://starthereparents.com/sensory-issues-facts/
Sensory Processing Differences Checklist: https://www.spdstar.org/basic/symptoms-checklist
Need Inspiration? TRY THIS AT HOME!
Make a Sensory Bin!
Sensory bins are a playful way to introduce children to a wide variety of tactile input! You can create a sensory bin out of rice, beans, popcorn kernels, dirt, sand, water beads…ANYTHING really! It also serves as a wonderful way to target language development. Try hiding letter magnets, animal figurines, or transportation toys inside. You can target describing objects, themed vocabulary, colors, and so much more. Follow the link above for some ideas!
2. Get Messy!
Messy play is imperative for overall development and has a positive impact on the sensory system, feeding skills, and so on. Don’t be discouraged by the idea of cleaning up afterwards- the reward is worth so much more! Encourage play with items like shaving cream, slime, playdough, or fingerpaint. Follow the links for our favorite homemade recipes!
4. Go on a Scavenger Hunt!
Learning should be a fun adventure and there’s nothing greater than a search for hidden items! Depending on your child’s age, you can write a list of items or use pictures to create a scavenger hunt. This task can be used to target understanding prepositions, expressive vocabulary, identification skills, naming a described item, categorization, and more.
3. Two words: Obstacle Course!
This active, engaging idea is sure to be a favorite for kids! Set up a small sequence of activities in the house or yard to target jumping, crawling, rolling, climbing, etc. An obstacle course can address many goals at once, such as gross motor skills, action words, and following directions just to name a few.
We hope you enjoy the ideas listed above. Be creative, get outside, and most of all- enjoy making memories with your child. Please be sure to check back in around the holidays for gift guides!