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Activities to Help Improve Receptive Language

By |2022-01-19T22:09:09-05:00January 17, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Receptive language refers to how a child understands and comprehends language that he hears or reads. Children who are unable to comprehend language may have receptive language difficulties. For instance, they may face difficulties in following directions, reading or identifying objects and pictures. Following are some activities to help improve receptive language: Puzzles Books Play “Simon says” Use simple language Arts n crafts   Puzzles Put a puzzle together with your child. Have him find specific pieces like animals, vehicles, or other objects. For example, describe a piece for your child to select “find the green vegetable” or “find the big, [...]

Music Therapy for Autistic Children

By |2022-01-27T09:17:57-05:00January 14, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

What is music therapy? This kind of therapy is a well-established clinical use of music which is used to accomplish individualized goals such as improving mood, reducing stress and self-expression. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects behaviour and communication. It may be diagnosed at any age, but it generally appears in the first two years of a child. Although ASD can be a lifelong disorder, treatments may help improve an autistic individual’s symptoms and ability to function. People on the spectrum may show developmental differences while growing up in the way they behave, [...]

Fun Outdoor Play Activities for Kids

By |2022-01-18T10:39:32-05:00January 10, 2022|DIY Play Ideas and Activities for Kids, Early Childhood Development|

Kids should be physically active as it is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. For them to be active, there are several play activities both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor play helps to build your child’s core muscles as well as refine small motor skills. In order to get your kids to play outside, you need to inspire them with some fun outdoor activities. Following are some fun outdoor activities for your kids:   Hopscotch This outdoor activity never gets old! Just take your kids outside, along with a chalk and a small object. This game can be played with multiple [...]

Signs of Autism in Girls

By |2022-01-18T10:21:48-05:00January 5, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

While some girls may have clear symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) like having trouble in language or communication, it may be harder to see the signs in others. It is not necessary that boys and girls on the spectrum have the same symptoms. Diagnosing women may be more difficult than diagnosing men as they may be better at hiding their feelings. Following are the signs of autism in girls: Love routines Autistic girls love routines. Any kind of deviation from routine may leave them stressed or confused. They may carry routines such as reading for 20 minutes before bedtime or they [...]

Strategies to Reduce Echolalia

By |2022-01-18T10:22:27-05:00December 28, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Echolalia refers to the repetition of certain words or phrases spoken by someone else, either after the words were said, or later on. It is often associated as a function of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With an autistic child, echolalia may appear with more frequency versus children with standard developing language. It is important that we support children by using echolalia to try to reshape it to help children communicate in a more natural way. Following are some strategies that can be used to reduce echolalia:   Use simple words and phrases When communicating with your child, try using simple words [...]

Benefits of Water Play

By |2022-01-18T10:22:58-05:00December 23, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Playing with water is not only a source of enjoyment, but it also helps in your child’s development. Water play involves using toys, buckets, containers and of course water, which your child can scoop, splash or pour with the above-mentioned tools. Not only will your child stay occupied while playing with water, but he will also start to learn through fun hands-on play. Following are some benefits of water play:     Language development Water play helps to develop your child’s language. When playing with water and several tools with it, your child builds new vocabulary. During water play, you can [...]

Signs of Autism in Adults

By |2022-01-18T10:25:01-05:00December 16, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) occurs in all age groups. Severe forms of ASD are usually diagnosed in the early stages of a kid’s life. However, high-functioning people may not be diagnosed until later in their lives. Here are certain signs that can be observed in autistic adults:   Avoiding eye contact An autistic adult may avoid eye contact as it may be challenging for them. They do not like to look at someone’s eyes while talking to them. It is a common misconception that autistic individuals lack empathy, however, that is not true as making eye contact cause them anxiety.   [...]

Activities to Help Improve Expressive Language

By |2022-01-18T10:25:05-05:00December 13, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Expressive language refers to the use of words, sentences and gestures to express and communicate. It involves naming objects, describing actions, asking and answering questions. Expressive language is critical as it enables kids to express their wants, thoughts and ideas. However, there are children who struggle with expressive language and need some activities to help them in expressing themselves. Here are the following activities that will help improve expressive language: Books Reading is crucial for developing your child’s language skills. Choose books that have large colourful pictures that are not too detailed; point to pictures and ask your child simple questions [...]

Benefits of Playdough

By |2022-01-18T10:32:59-05:00November 23, 2021|Early Childhood Development|

Playdough is one of those inventions that is not only fun to play with, but also helps in your child’s development. Although it is a mess to clean up, playdough has a wide range of developmental, learning, and sensory benefits for children. These are the following benefits your children can get when playing with the playdough:   Develop fine motor skills When children are playing with the playdough, rolling, squishing or poking it, they are building strength in the muscles in their fingers and hands. This will help them in holding a pencil, coloring or manipulating items such as scissors, and [...]

Benefits of Outdoor Play

By |2022-01-18T10:41:35-05:00November 17, 2021|Early Childhood Development|

Playing is an important factor when it comes to early childhood development. Playing outdoors can have benefits for children’s social and emotional development. It can also assist children in developing their ability to share, interact and learn new things. Playing outside have the following benefits: Develop athletic abilities Outdoor play is important as it encourages children to exercise their bodies. Running around in the local park or jumping, they are challenging their bodies, which helps to strengthen their muscles. Having a lot of space outdoors, children can crawl under bushes, and ride bikes. Playing outside also improves a child’s coordination, alertness [...]

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