Ever wonder why your therapist insists on rescheduling an appointment that one of you may have missed? Ever wonder why it is so important to continue your therapy over the summer? Well, here is the answer! Consistency is the key to success! It is crucial in your child’s progress that they receive consistent therapy as well as ongoing support and work at home. This is a lot of work on your part, but it will pay off in the end. Think of it as exercise for your child. If you work out for one hour a week, you will not see the same progress as compared to working out 4-5 days a week. You also, would not see any progress if you took a couple of months off. We are working on similar things with your child and strengthening their muscles and their brain to help them to function better. As your child’s therapist, we want your child to achieve their goals as fast and as well as possible. This is why continuing in the summer and doing the home program is crucial to faster improvement and decreased time in therapy.
Do your children ever ask “why do I need to say please or thank you?!” Manners are an important part of our daily life and help us to get along with one another. It is an important tool when engaging with and getting along with peers and adults. Here are some ideas to try and work on:
- Practice greeting friends or family members with eye contact, a smile, and a handshake. The parent can pretend you are a new friend and your child can practice these tools.
- Practice sincere apologies to anyone if they do something wrong or make a mistake. Do this in real time if your child makes a mistake and as a parent, you can model good apologizing behavior.
- Giving and receiving compliments is an important tool. Practice giving your child a compliment and having them give you a compliment.
- Saying thank you for nice things other say or do.
- Phone etiquette is an important thing to talk about as well. Discuss how to answer and how to hang up. In the age of our phones being everywhere it may also be a good idea for parents to set an example of when you should have the phone or when you cannot. These can change depending on how your house runs, but maybe you do not want phones at the dinner table or when you are having family discussions…etc.
Thank you for your time!
We hope you are all doing well! We all know it is important to keep our routine and schedule in our lives. It helps us to feel in control and able to expect what our day is going to be like. It helps our bodies and minds to perform at their peak. Did you know, the same is true for our kids?! It is just as important for us to keep a bedtime, sleep and morning routine for consistency. Try to start your evening routine early and get them in bed at a decent time. If your child is 4, they need 11.5-12 hours of sleep a night. If they are 5-6, years old they need 11 hours, and if they are 7-8 years old they need 10.5 hours of sleep a night*. It is important to know that all children wake during the night, but should be able to put themselves back to bed*. Children can become sleep deprived to the point of it impacting their learning within a couple of days*.
A good way to make sure they get a good night’s sleep is to keep your evening routine the same as much as you can. An example of an evening routine would be to change into pajamas, brush teeth, being tucked in tight/getting squishes/tight hugs from mom and dad, read a book, soft music, then lights out. If having a routine, start out slow take your time to acclimate your child to a new schedule.
Have a wonderful week! Sweet Dreams!
*Information obtained from Nancy Birkenmeier, BSN, RN, 2010, St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
Finally almost able to see the light at the end of the wintery tunnel! While it is starting to get lighter out and you are starting to get back into a routine, it is a good time to talk about the importance of routine in your child’s life. January has been a difficult month for many of our children due to the cold weather and lack of consistency with school. Children thrive on routine and can become very disorganized when their routine gets disrupted. We can help them our children out by trying to keep them on as much of a routine as possible. Here are some helpful tips for school vacations or any more snow days.
- Get them up at the same time.
- Have them get dressed and eat breakfast like they are getting ready for their day.
- Try to incorporate some fine motor or academic activity during the day.
- Give them lunch at the same time they would at school.
- Make sure you continue with your same nighttime routine even if you know that they will not have school on the next school day.
Hope this helps with some difficulties you may be seeing!! Have a wonderful day!
We hope all is well and you are making it through this frigid winter. We know it can be hard with children in Chicago during the wintertime. It is so hard to get them outside and give them the movement they desire/need for their bodies. I’m sure you are hearing “I’m Bored” a lot these days as well! It is important for their bodies that they get some physical activity in. This helps with their self-regulation, attention, and general health and well-being. Well, look no further, here are some fun filled activities for the whole family to participate in!
- Create a scavenger hunt around the house
- Make a whole house obstacle course including any of the following: army crawl, bear walk, crab walk, skip, hop on one foot, frog jump, crawl over pillows, walk backwards, somersault, or balance on a line.
- Play charades
- Play soccer, volley ball with a balloon or any game with your family
Fine Motor Activities:
- Fill spray bottles or eye droppers with colored water and “paint” the snow
- Make snow men out of construction paper and cotton balls
- Paint a picture
- Play board games with the family
- Bake cookies and decorate with sprinkles and icing
- Finger Paint
- Make full size pictures of themselves with rolls of paper
- Make rainbow loom bracelets
Enjoy! Before you know it winter will be over and Spring will be here!