Activities

Show Your Stuff!

Last weekend, we held our annual in-house children’s tournament. The event was a huge success and our special needs division was the most remarkable of the day. This division was comprised of children with a variety of special needs and they competed just like children in the mainstream divisions. Children from our studio as well as other local studios performed together either with a shadow or independently. Some utilized PECs (pictures) while others were assisted hand-over-hand or followed.

Activities for Kids: Activities for Nonverbal Children

Communication is key for all relationships, and the lack of speech can hinder the way children interact with their peers and caregivers.  Being nonverbal is often associated with autism, although this condition can occur in children with other special needs.  Finding adaptive ways to communicate and play with your nonverbal children can help possibly stimulate speech or facilitate cognitive growth.

Sensory Processing Disorder: Not a Stand-Alone Condition

Occupational therapists often provide sensory integration therapy, which helps children who are sensitive to touch and sound.  This therapy helps children adapt to external stimuli; while doctors do agree that occupational therapy helps with the symptoms, they caution that sensory processing disorder is actually a sign of an underlying problem.

Activities for Kids: Exercises for Children in Wheelchairs

Physical activity is important for all children, including those children with special needs.  Even in a classroom with children who do not use wheelchairs, those who do have wheelchairs can still participate in modified activities.

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a treatment for speech and language disorders.  A speech disorder involves a problem producing words and sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding words and putting together sentences and ideas for communication.  Speech therapy helps individuals gain the ability to communicate through speech and language.

Activities for Special Needs Children: Social and Emotional Skills

Social skills needed for peer relationships are not always taught, and children with special needs do not always pick up these skills on their own.  Understanding emotions is important for an individual and for learning how to interact in peer groups.  Focus on some activities for special needs children that focus on social and emotional skills.

Five Ways to Help Students with Special Needs

Learning disabilities impact the way children are able to process and understand information; they are neurological disorders that might manifest themselves as difficulty listening, thinking, writing, speaking, spelling, or doing mathematical calculations.

Activities for Special Needs Children: Expression Through Dance

For children with special needs such as sensory processing disorder, autism, or other socio-emotional or physical difficulties, enjoyable activities might be few and far between.  Children with these needs might have a list of symptoms, including poor attention, difficulty interacting with peers, limited body awareness, or trouble being in social situations that might be over stimulating.  Expression through dance or participating in group movement are activities for special needs children that can h

What is Treatment for Autism?

The autism spectrum is just that -- a diverse spectrum with many different variables -- a fact that makes treatment for autism wide ranging.  Most commonly, treatment for autism involves both behavioral and medicinal interventions.  Addressing the symptoms of autism as well as those conditions often comorbid with autism can provide well-rounded treatment for autism. 

Therapy and Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is not a progressive disorder, meaning it does not worsen over time, but going to therapy and treatment sessions will help improve your child’s quality of life.  Some symptoms can even improve with continued therapy for cerebral palsy.  No two children with CP are the same, so each treatme