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Practicing Conversation Skills During “Safer at Home”

Practicing Conversation Skills During “Safer at Home”

Right now we find ourselves at home, and many of our regular opportunities for social interaction and conversation have disappeared. It can be especially tough for kids to go from seeing their friends and classmates every day at school to having little contact with them during these challenging times.

Targeting Speech and Language Goals While in the Home

Targeting Speech and Language Goals While in the Home

There are many different ways that you can target speech and language goals while in the home. Right now, we are all in the home more than normal and we are finding ourselves being the caregiver, the teacher, the therapist, as well as mom and dad.

Sensory Activities for Regulation During Safer at Home Orders

Sensory Activities for Regulation During Safer at Home Orders

Wow, what a time to be a parent! But also, what a time to be a parent of a child with sensory differences! If I, as an adult with a multitude of healthy coping strategies, am having a challenging time with these changes, then children with sensory differences must be so much more.

Isolation Board Games

Isolation Board Games

As many of us are realizing – it’s hard to keep finding ways to stay entertained in social isolation.

Ease Transitions with Visual Schedules

Ease Transitions with Visual Schedules

New places, new routines, and new experiences are an inevitable part of life. For some kids, “new” is exciting, but for others “new” means scary and overwhelming. An invaluable resource for helping individuals navigate new experiences is the visual schedule.

Poop Power

Poop Power

When our kids are upset, we try to find out what’s wrong so we can comfort them.  If our babies cry, we hold them, feed them, burp them, change them.

Regulation and Communication – Building a Foundation for Social-Emotional Growth

Regulation and Communication – Building a Foundation for Social-Emotional Growth

Beginning at a young age, children are exposed to language in many forms, including hearing stories, listening to music, playing with peers, and listening to caregivers in their ever-changing environments. Through this exposure, they start their journey toward learning the foundational pieces of human interaction.

Making Valentine’s Day AACcessible

Making Valentine’s Day AACcessible

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate friendship and love. In order to celebrate, many classrooms have each student bring in Valentine’s for their peers. It’s a day of passing around homemade crafts, “punny” knick knacks, and of course candy and other sweet treats! At CI, we believe every kid should be able to participate in making and passing out Valentine’s Day goodies, regardless of their ability.

School Services: Answers to 5 IEP questions

School Services: Answers to 5 IEP questions

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) can seem daunting, especially to a parent who might not have any prior knowledge of what they are or how they work. Because of this, IEPs and school services may seem intimidating. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about IEPs: