We share a few ideas for you and your family to start your SUMMER BUCKET LIST of everything you want to do. It can be a great way to involve the whole family in creating memories that will last a lifetime. It doesn’t need to be expensive or fancy, it can be as simple or involved as you’d like.
Did you know that it takes about 100 muscles to speak? Speech is one of the most complex processes that we humans perform. Just to say “Good morning!”, we have to coordinate which of those 100 muscles to use, and then use those muscles with the correct timing, place, and tension. It's no wonder that our kiddos often have trouble with speech sounds!
For parents of children on the autism spectrum, it can be difficult to find safe and engaging activities that aren’t overwhelming during summer months. Every child on the spectrum is different and has different needs, which can make it challenging for parents to share ideas on what works. One of the best ways to help your child have fun when the weather warms up, however, is to create an awesome backyard area that will keep him entertained but is still functional. Depending on your child’s learning needs, there could be great potential to teach him about science and other subjects right on your own lawn!
Because many kids who are on the spectrum feel easily overwhelmed by lots of noise or color, it’s important to customize your backyard as an area they can feel comfortable in, a place for them to retreat to when things are stressful. If your child loves water, create a water table for him to play on when the temperature goes up; not only will this engage him, it will keep him cool.
Read on for more tips on how to create a safe, fun backyard haven for your child this summer.
If you’ve ever traveled with your children, you probably have a better understanding of the difference between a “trip” and a “vacation”. The later is what I used to do before children, “trips” are what we go on now. While I immensely enjoy the time spent with my family and the memories we make, the amount of work that goes into traveling with children leads me to classifying these excursions to other places as “trips” not vacations. Here are some tips for traveling with kids that I’ve learned along the way:
Early Intervention is a program for children who are between the ages of birth and 3 years old. It is a state and federally mandated program that provides support for families, teaching them how to play with their child in ways that will help them learn different skills they need for things they do every day.