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Sports and Language Communication

We’re All in This Together – Getting Children into Sports and Other Games Playing sports is a great way to teach children how to work together. It can bridge gaps in communication, build team-working skills, and form friendships. It helps children work on their motor skills, get physical activity, and more. Some kids enjoy playing sports, and some don’t. If a child isn’t the soccer team or baseball type, try suggesting signing them up for chess, trying an online game together, or trying another hobby of the child’s choosing that involves working with other children. If they are an introvert, that’s quite all right. Suggest that their parent helps practice social skills in a calm setting, stressing communication and fun with their child’s select circle of friends. Read More »

Cooking Outdoors as a Language Tool

Using Cooking Outdoors as a Language Tool Whether you have a grill, a fire pit, smoker, or an old fashioned trench full of charcoal, cooking is a great way to help children learn new language skills. Teaching them to identify foods, drinks, and cooking utensils is a great start. Suggest having the child help with food prep, or if they are old enough, help with cooking. Read More »

Outdoor Summer Fun Ideas

Ideas for Outdoor Play that Won’t Break the Budget Summer is upon us, and for most of the U.S., it’s a scorcher. What can we do to encourage children to play and learn outdoors without breaking the bank or resorting to herding them into an air conditioned theater? Playing outside is a great thing, and can help open up even the quietest, shyest of children. Here are a few ideas that you can share with the parents of the kids in your practice to get kids out from in front of the television and into the outdoors. These activities will give parents an opportunity to work on their child's pragmatic language skills when discussing their outdoor adventures afterward. Read More »

Using Water as a Therapy Tool

Using Water as a Therapy Tool Water is a great tool for learning in regards to most children. The younger set loves to play and splash, and older children can easily talk about learning to swim, or outdoor activities they’ve done at a lake, pool, or in the ocean. Keeping mental and speech skills sharp in the summer months can be a daunting task when the last thing children want to do is “more school,” but here are some tips for keeping things interesting and sneaking in some learning the fun way. Read More »

Gardening: Plant the Seeds of Language

Gardening: Plant the Seeds of Language  There are so many great activities which can revolve around gardening. It is perfect for just about any location as the garden can be in a small container next to a window or in the big back yard. It offers language skills revolving around math, science, nature, weather, history, cooking, food, culture, and just about any other topic you can imagine. Additionally, it affords the educator with a fun and fruitful way to connect with children throughout the entire summer – or year! Read More »