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25 Tips For Your Child's Success

  1. Practice marching as your child's hands cross over to touch their opposite knee, for timing, coordination and brain stimulation.
  2. Pool noodles can be taped together to form a balance to practice with at home.
  3. Blowing bubbles and whistles helps to develop increased breath support, lip closure, and lip rounding necessary for speech production.
  4. Try writing on various surfaces other than a table to do homework: easel boards, tape papers to a wall, or lie on the floor.
  5. Pushing a loaded laundry basket, wagon, or shopping cart cannot only help with balance, but also with strength.
  6. Take a "picture walk" through a favorite book to encourage vocabulary growth and object recognition.
  7. Use squirt bottles and colored water to "paint" on paper or squirt bottle to water plants around the house.
  8. A pool raft can be used inside to work on balance and strengthening for crawling as well as walking.
  9. Sing! Sing! Sing! During the song, try to pause, allowing your child to fill in the missing word/s.
  10. Encourage kids to do their own socks/shoes and play dress up for extra practice with buttons, zippers, and snaps.
  11. To work on standing on one foot, try stomping on bubbles or stepping into and out of an elevated hula-hoop.
  12. Create short tongue twisters that contain your child's target sound, and practice them each night to promote carryover skills.
  13. Branch out from typical routine meals to explore different foods, textures, and shapes. Try a kid's cookbook for new ideas.
  14. Squeezing a ball between the knees with walking or jumping will help strengthen the hips and legs as well as work on coordination and balance.
  15. An echo microphone is a great tool to engage your toddler while promoting increased vocalizations and imitation skills.
  16. Use play-dough for hand skills to create tiny snakes, balls, and then use cookie cutters and scissors to create scenes.
  17. Replace your child's chair with a large playground sized ball to work on seated balance while working at the table.
  18. Try using "parallel talk"; describing your toddler's actions as they do them, to support expressive language skills and build vocabulary.
  19. Use crayons instead of markers while coloring; crayons and chalk create more resistance and develops hand skills.
  20. When working on a puzzle, scatter the pieces on the floor instead of a table to work on leg strengthening through squatting.
  21. Play a game of "I Spy" to encourage your child's describing skills.
  22. Walk as animals; bear, crab, wounded puppy and inchworm all help develop arm and core strength.
  23. Use couch cushions and pillows to make a lily pad obstacle course to walk across.
  24. Making "funny faces" in a mirror together engages your child while helping them develop imitation and motor skills.
  25. Play card games! This helps your child to learn how to "shift" two cards from each other and maintain grasp of several cards without dropping them.