Helping Your Child at Home
Children with physical limitations don’t give themselves tactile & oral stimulation
  • Rub & touch often
  • Put items & fingers in the mouth
  • Bring textures from soft to rough
Children with delays don’t move themselves in space
  • Walk with them held in various positions
  • Rock them
  • Swing with them
  • Vestibular balls & boards -This helps equilibrium, balance and understanding their body)
Toys and play must also be brought to your child
  • Have a variety – sound, light, action
  • Keep toys near your child & change them often
  • Put where your child is challenged but can get to them
  • Hand held toys and larger for hugging -This gives your child visual, auditory and motor stimulation and many children reduce crying as they learn to entertain themselves.
Talk to your child all the time
  • One word phrases
  • Regular conversations
  • Repeat words/sounds often
  • Give them time to respond
  • Assume your child understands
Look at books and read to your child
  • Focus on pictures
  • Touch & point to pictures
  • Rhyming words help
  • Stories that repeat phrases are good --Not only does this help language & speech develop, it teaches your child to sit still and pay attention.
When teaching a skill let your child do as much as they can on their own
  • Hand over hand – you do most
  • Elbow hold – you do less
  • Upper arm/shoulder help – child does more
  • Verbal help – child does most
  • Let go and test your child often to see if they are beginning to learn.
Any skill is made up of smaller steps
  • Break each skill into tiny enough steps for your child to start learning
  • Start teaching the last step first
  • You help with the steps they lack
-Example – using a spoon
  • Pick up a spoon
  • Hold it
  • Put spoon in food
  • Scoop
  • Food stays on the spoon
  • Spoon to mouth
  • Spoon in mouth
  • Remove food from spoon
  • Pull spoon out

Daily Schedule

7:00-8:30

 Arrive and Breakfast/Free play activity

8:00-8:30     

School Bus pick-up

8:30-9:30     

Centers and Skills/Snack

9:00-12:00  

 VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten)

9:30

 Circle Time/Music/Chapel

10:00

Small group lessons


Individual skills


Playground

11:30

Lunch

12:00

Rest/Quiet time/Nap

2:00

 Group table activity/Games/Art

3:00

 After School Arrival/Snack/Centers

4:00

Group Activity/Playground/Skills

5:00-6:00      

Story Time/Free Play/Chores and Departure