Januray- Bundling Up and Playing Outside


The coldest winter months are upon us. Here is some information about why it is good to get outside for our little ones!

There are many benefits that come with playing outdoors, even when it is cold.

Your little ones get to see the outside world through a new lense! Increases in exercise and using different muscles Getting fresh air and avoiding bacteria New challenges and problem solving- motor planning and figuring out how to maneuver the terrain Vitamin D exposure

Some activities to do to introduce winter play to your little one:

Playing seek and find with items in the snow Spray paint art: fill spray bottles with water and food coloring and draw in the snow Target snowball: Hanga target on a tree or lean it up against something, and let the little ones take aim with a snowball Tic Tac Toe: use pine cones, twigs and sticks outside to make a grid and play tic tac toe Snowflake magnifying: use black construction paper and place snowflakes on it and look through the…

December- Family Traditions

Family Traditions: Why they are important and how to start a new one that sticks!
With the winter Holidays coming up, let’s take a minute to reflect on the traditions that we celebrate as a family….
Traditions are actions that we engage in again and again, rituals that we perform at the same time or in the same way. But remember not everyone practices the same traditions.
FAMILY TRADITIONS: Family traditions are important for the family to function as a cohesive unit. They provide members of families to feel a sense of inclusion and acceptance, identity, strengthen family bonds, teach values, offer comfort, connect generations, add seasonality to life, pass on cultural heritage and create memories.
HOW TO CREATE A NEW FAMILY TRADITION: Find a shared activity to partake in as a family. Make sure it is personal to your family. For example; taking your family down to a local soup kitchen and caring for others or creating a Holiday wreath together to hang in the house.
Remember to incorporate…

November-Teaching Selp-Help Skills at Home

Teaching Self-help Skills at Home

Taking Care of Self: Use a checklist to help your children know how to get ready in the morning Checklist to include: brushing teeth, getting dressed, making bed, getting backpack ready and eating breakfast

Personal Safety: Make sure children know what items are safe for them to interact with in the house- appliances/outlets/stairs Go over emergency/exit plans Have the conversation of who is okay for your children to greet/talk to- who is a stranger and who is not?
Caring for others: Introduce helping around the house Cleaning up after themselves Being nice/thoughtful to neighbors Taking care of pets in the house

Some extra resources to consider with the Holidays coming up!

October-Power Struggles

October- Power Struggles
Power struggles with preschool age students can be difficult but they are a positive sign developmentally. This means that children are gaining thoughts, desires, and opinions that are different from adults.  Learning to be assertive is a great skill to have, but children need to be taught that they still have to follow the rules. Have your child or a child you work with seemed to challenge everything you present them? This is a child’s way of testing and learning from their environment. While this can be very frustrating to adults it is good for children to experience developmentally. Here are are a few strategies you can try at home. Be clear and consistent. If you ask your child to clean up their toys before you put on a movie then you need to stick with it! The follow through here is very important no matter how much crying may occur. If you hold strong here each time this happens the crying will be less and less. Do not make unreasonable threats. If your ch…

September-Teaching Feelings and Emotions

September Teaching Feelings and Emotions
Teaching feelings and emotions in early childhood plays a crucial role in the development of young children. As children are growing they are experiencing the same emotions as adults; although they are unable to express what exactly those emotions are. Adults often prompt children to use their words when they are upset but they may not understand how to do that. They are many different ways you can teach children about feelings and emotions. For example, when you get home from work and your child comes running to give you a hug you can say, “Wow, someone is happy to see me” or “Someone is excited I am home”. Another example would be to point out the emotions of characters as you are reading books. Ask your child to look at the characters faces and explain what emotions might fit with the expressions on the characters face. A final example would be to praise your child when they are expressing their emotions and be specific. Saying things like “Th…

May: Sensory Issues/Sensory Diet for Home

May: Sensory Issues/Sensory Diet for Home
What is a sensory diet? “A “sensory diet” (coined by OT Patricia Wilbarger) is a carefully designed, personalized activity plan that provides the sensory input a person needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day.”  Think about yourself for a moment, imagine sitting in a meeting at work, or waiting in the doctor's office. After a short time you may start to tap your pen, or foot, twirl your hair, crew gum, or bite your nails or pen cap. You are providing sensory stimulation to yourself to help you focus. The same is true when it comes to children. There are specific types of sensory input; proprioceptive, tactile,visual auditory,vestibular, gustatory and oral motor. It is important to know that an occupational therapist should oversee a sensory diet specific to your child. Too much or too little stimulation at the wrong time of day for your child can defeat the purpose of its calming effects. Parents often struggle with “picky ea…

April: Screen Time for Preschoolers

April: Screen Time for Preschoolers This is a hot topic in the field of education right now. How much time is too much screen time? Does the age of the child determined the appropriate amount? Once the amount is determined,  what counts as screen time? Face time with grandma and grandpa? Homework? Television programs? Educational apps? There are so many “dos and don'ts” when it comes to determining screen time where do parents being? CNN recently posted an online article on this very topic. The article opens with referring to the American Academy of Pediatrics conference this year hosted presenters on topics of screen time, social media, and cyberbullying. “Previously the Academy set a general screen time limit: no more than two hours in front of the TV for kids over age 2. Today, in a world surrounded by digital media 24/7, defining screen time is difficult.” (CNN 2018). The article goes on to discuss that defining how much screen time is appropriate for every child cannot be a bla…