An autism diagnosis can be extremely overwhelming on a lot of levels. There is A LOT of information out there, some helpful, some downright toxic. This topic will be part of a 2-part series to allow caregivers the opportunity to fully explore resources available instead of being overwhelmed by the amount of information.
So where does BAC guide parents? Here are a few places to start …
Our clinicians love to engage children in play-based activities that not only address their goals, but also allow them to have fun! We added stickers to our Zingo game so that we can practice pronouns (ex. her kite), building sentences (ex. He has a tree), and following directions (ex. give the apple back to the girl) with each turn.
We worked on our handwriting goals while writing out the steps to this cookie recipe and addressed our feeding goals by gaining exposure to new foods.
Did you know that 2 year olds can bear crawl?
Try walking on hands and feet down a hallway. For an added challenge, bear walk over pillows and couch cushions!
Bear walking requires engagement of multiple muscle groups including the abdominal muscles. This exercise improves endurance and coordination as well.
Activity-based topic boards give children access to vocabulary related to their favorite toys so that they can share their ideas while participating in play with others.
Obstacle courses are fun–especially when there are animal stickers waiting for us on the other side!
Are oral or written narratives challenging for your kiddo? Is learning a new story map/chart each year with a new teacher difficult?
Our speech-language pathologists often utilize the Story Grammar Marker, a multi-sensory manipulative, to teach narrative development. Children greatly benefit from the multi-sensory use of the tool rather then a visual only support. Another great feature is that the Story Grammar Marker can be use with the child as they progress from prek to high school. It support learning a variety of story structures and can be used for oral narrative and written language.
For information about the Story Grammar Marker visit: https://mindwingconcepts.com/pages/methodology
Start with knees straight and hands near your feet. Slowly walk your hands out all the way into a plank without moving your feet. Then, keep your hands still and take small steps to walk your feet in. Repeat this all the way down a hallway.
Walking like an inchworm improves abdominal, upper and lower body strength. This exercise engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously and can assist in supporting proper posture. Additionally, the muscles in the hip and ankle are stretched. Coordination is improved, as this requires proper sequencing of the upper and lower body.
To see a sequence of the steps visit: https://gethealthyu.com/exercise/inch-worm/
This week our friends created valentine pizzas in OT! First we cut out the shapes, then glued the pieces together and lastly wrote our names on the back. Simple crafts are a wonderful way to work on fine motor skills and sequencing!
Today we made fruit shish kabobs! Everyone got a turn making a “recipe” for the group. We had lots of fun following directions, initiating questions to our peers (“thinking about others”), keeping our body in the group and trying new foods!