by Sarah Garman
My client, Trey, and I went to the Germantown Cricket Club (GCC) for some of our physical therapy sessions over the summer. Trey enjoys coming here with his family to use the playground, fitness center, or swim in the pool. One of the ways I try to keep physical therapy fun and interesting for Trey is trying new sports and activities out in the community. The indoor tennis courts at GCC are the perfect space to escape the heat and humidity for exercise during the summer months. During our therapy sessions, we focused on speed and agility training, in addition to spatial and body awareness – all important components to playing tennis! We used visual, auditory, and kinesthetic feedback to enhance Trey’s learning experience when performing various tennis drills. Trey and I had so much fun playing on the tennis courts this summer in our all white uniforms!
by Sandy Masayko
These beautiful customized chairs and slant boards not only meet children’s seating needs, they reflect the children’s interests and are very attractive. All of this adaptive design work has been done by our talented and valuable Cardboard Fairy, Dorothy Hess, who meets with the children’s therapists to determine best seating. Thank you, Dorothy, for continuing to work with the children who are served by Easterseals!
by Sarah Dubrow
I always love pairing a fun book with a sensory activity to get kids excited about speech therapy, and any ocean themed book will work! Stories that are repetitive are much more engaging for children, because they can feel confident about what’s coming next.
This book, Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck and illustrated by Valeria Petrone is an awesome repetitive story that keeps kids engaged with vibrant pictures and words that kids can learn quickly.
Skills to Target:
||– Ocean themed vocabulary
– 3 – 4 word utterances
(e.g., I see a __)
– Pragmatic skills like waving “hi” and “bye” to the animals
||– Various speech sounds
– Syllable pacing (Turning books into a songs helps kids follow and sing along!)
And… For the Sensory Activity!
Once we finished reading our ocean story, I let the kiddos find different sea creatures in a variety of sensory bins. They were able to find and label the various sea creatures they saw in the story. We also talked about the different kinds of textures and feelings in each bin (cold, rough, squishy, wet etc.).
From left to right, I used sand, water with blue food coloring, and water beads or Orbeez (you can get these on amazon or at Target).