Welcome to the very first NTS blog! We are so excited to start sharing ideas for occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech language therapy. We hope that parents, therapists, and friends of children with special needs, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and overall developmental delay will find this helpful. Read on to check out our top 6 therapy ideas to do at home!

1. Read with your child

And don’t just read the words on the page! In fact, don’t read any of the words at all. Talk about the pictures, tell your own story using the pictures, and have your child tell his or her own story. Ask questions about what happened to target reading comprehension and talk about what might happen next to facilitate use of problem solving skills.

2. Complete a craft or art activity
Coloring with kids

That’s what pinterest is for, right? There are so many fine motor skills that are required for craft activities. There are also many sensory experiences included in art projects. Cut, color, glue, paint, and get messy! Making your own play dough can also be used to target these skills.

3. Cook with your child
Kids cooking
Eating is about more than your taste buds! Touch, smell, and look at food while you’re cooking. And don’t forget to get messy during this activity, too. Make sure to maximize those sensory experiences! You can also work on following directions during this activity.

4. Go play on the playground
kids on playground
Run, jump, swing, hang upside down! The options are endless. Make sure to get some strengthening and motor planning in on the monkey bars and some vestibular input by swinging, spinning, and hanging.

5. Play ball
Start with a balloon then progress to a beach ball because these items move slowly in the air. This allows your child to visually track the ball and motor plan how to catch it. Start close to the child and gradually get further away. You can also work on throwing a ball at a target using both underhand and overhand.

6. Write with chalk on the driveway
children drawing with chalk

Use this activity to work on fine motor activities. Use a small, thin piece of chalk to promote proper grip. While you’re at it, draw a hopscotch board and help your child motor plan the movements for jumping on one foot or two feet. Writing on vertical surfaces is also very beneficial for wrist extension! You can also draw cars, houses, animals, etc. and make a story.

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