Learning Games

Language Skill Activities for Special Needs

Language Skill Activities for Special Needs Children

Activities that Help with Development

Activities that Help with Therapy and Development

Fine Motor Skill Activities for Special Needs

Fine Motor Skill Activities for Special Needs Children

Many children with special needs have challenges with their fine motor skills. Therefore, it is important to incorporate fine motor skills activities for special needs children in their daily routine. These activities for special needs children can be simple and even fun. Children with special needs will enjoy the activities and, best of all, benefit from them.

Pushing the Limits

As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I remember frequently telling my parents that they know their children better than I ever will.  Now, as a mother of a little girl with Down syndrome, I know that to be true.  I will always know my daughter better than any doctor, therapist, or teacher.  I know what my daughter is capable of.  

Speech-Based Activities for Kids with Apraxia

 Speech-Based Activities to Do with Your Kids with Apraxia at Home and in the Community

Playing Learning Games with Throw-Aways

If you want to play games with your child, you can do it with materials no fancier than yesterday’s newspaper, today’s empty cereal box and a smile.

Playing with your child lets her or him know that you enjoy their company and want to spend time together. But just as important is the fact that playing is the way children learn. Playing is the way they gain confidence and skills. Research even shows that brains evolve and expand with play. Play matters.

Emotion, Community...Miracles

Developmental delays, communication difficulties and/or motor planning and sensory processing challenges can impede a child’s ability to express himself. Traditional therapies focus on helping the child to overcome these deficits. We may, however, become so bogged down in these necessary therapies, that we overlook the importance of enlivening the spirit in a child.

Building Social Skills in Group Settings

Children with special needs can have a variety of issues with social relatedness, such as recognizing facial cues, regulating emotions and performing social reciprocation. For example, children with Asperger’s disorder often have difficulty with recognizing social cues. More subtly, however, a child with an auditory processing deficit may have trouble keeping up with the pace of a conversation with several people simultaneously. Children with special needs often have social challenges that frequently lead to social anxiety and withdrawal.

Learning and Playing with Dramatic Arts

"I HATE the cold! Why didn’t I buy that condo in Florida!" blurts out the diminutive four-year-old. She looks adorable with her contagious smile and beautiful curly blonde hair poking out from underneath the squirrel costume she’s wearing. She seems like any other vivacious 4 year old but she’s not. She has autism. And she’s having fun while learning very important life skills.

Communication Aides & Devices: Therapy Tool or Communication Substitute?

Children with difficulty developing verbal speech are often in need of aides or devices to help them understand and use language. For these children, schools often use programs like PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) to help grow language and comprehension, along with visual strategies and signs. Some children have problems maintaining attention when they have to manipulate the pictures in PECS or motor plan for signing, so other supports are brought in. Many devices have symbols and/or voice output when touched or typed.