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June 3, 2015

Social Skills Lessons are More Than Just Child’s Play

By: Jamie Hinchey MS, CF-SLP
  • The importance of teaching emotions and social skills to school-age children in the general education classroom
  • New studies show that children who are involved in the various emotion curriculums have positive effects in preschool
  • Results from a study in 1991 now indicate children who received the social skills learning curriculum not only had more success in school, but also had lower rates of mental health problems

In this NPR article, a Baltimore Elementary school has implemented a new program, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS).  This program is designed to help young children learn how to recognize and express various emotions.  The curriculum includes weekly lessons on how to treat others with respect, what to do when you are upset, and includes engaging characters, such as “Twiggle the Turtle”.  A decade long study released results showing a positive effect on teaching emotional skills at the preschool and elementary school.   Read the research here.

PATHSAs a speech-language pathologist, I have taught emotional and social skills to a variety of children from many cultures and backgrounds.  Some children may need more focus on these skills than others, yet I think that it’s a great for all children to learn and practice how to interact in social situations. This article makes a great point; emotions and social skills should not be something only targeted in therapy, but rather in the everyday classroom just like the ABC’s!

Parents play a huge role in their child’s emotional development, as well.  Mother and fathers can introduce their child to social situations and education about feelings at a young age through books, different pictures, and characters in TV shows.  This exercise can become an everyday routine.  At Spectrum Pediatrics, we are able to teach various emotional and social skills to children through peer interaction in social skills groups.  These structured get-togethers are also a great way for children to learn about how to interact appropriately with others.  With this current research as a guide, general education teachers can integrate structured social skills lessons into their everyday classroom, too!

Reference: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/01/why-emotional-learning-may-be-as-important-as-the-abcs/

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April 29, 2015

Sequencing with Spectrum Pediatrics Summer Groups

By: Ashley Dowler, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Sequencing is the process of putting events, ideas, & objects in a logical order.
  • Sequencing helps us all in our daily lives by helping with problem-solving, logical thinking, and scheduling.
  • There are many fun ways that you can practice sequencing through crafts and daily activities

Sequencing is the process of putting events, ideas, and objects in a logical order. In a practical setting, this can mean ordering objects by size (i.e., smallest to largest); telling the steps to completing a task (i.e., making a sandwich, getting ready for school, or finishing a craft project); or putting the events in a story in the right order. Some of the important vocabulary for sequencing includes the following words: first, last, when, next, after, then, before, in conclusion, finally, now, beginning, middle, and end.

Sequencing is important across all ages, from toddlers to adults. But why? In daily life, it is an important part of problem solving and logical thinking. We need to sequence our day or activities (such as cooking or building) to know what we need to do first, second, and last.  Sequencing helps us organize information and ideas efficiently, and it helps us recognize patterns that make the world more understandable and predictable. It is also an important literary skill;  it helps a story make sense by allowing readers to visualize what has happened in the story and aids in comprehension. Without sequencing, we would have a hard time understanding the world around us and completing the tasks we must complete each day.

During our summer groups at Spectrum Pediatrics in 2014, we regularly practiced sequencing skills across a variety of activities. We practiced this skill during our craft projects. Our younger group made construction paper trucks, and the older group made paper airplanes. We used our instructions to make the projects and then retell the steps when we finished.

We sequenced the steps to the book The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist, Julia Gorton, and Will Grace, by taking turns putting the events from the story on sticky contact paper that was taped to the wall. We then decorated the scenes using paper and stickers.

 

Spectrum Pediatrics Summer GroupWe sequenced the steps to make playdoh pizza. We also used this activity to practice sharing our tools and playdoh colors.

 

 

Spectrum Pediatrics Summer GroupWe sequenced the steps to playing board games. We talked about the steps – first, you choose your piece; next you decide on the order (who goes first, second, last); then you choose your card to see how many spaces to move; finally, the game is finished when you go all the way around the board, etc.

 

We had lots of fun during summer groups learning about sequencing, following directions, answering questions, being good friends, and other important speech, language, and motor skills! We hope you can use some of these ideas to practice these skills in an exciting and engaging way at home, too.

September 9, 2014

Introducing Fall Therapy Groups!


October 6 – November 21, 2014

Spectrum Pediatrics therapeutic playgroups offer children the opportunity to work on therapy goals in a fun environment with their peers.  This fall we are offering the following groups:

Playful Pandas (Preschool age): Tuesdays 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Reading & Writing Warriors (Kindergarten and older): Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

We hope to help your child have fun and learn this fall!

 

 

May 2, 2014

Summer 2014 Therapeutic Playgroups are here!


July 7 – August 15, 2014

Spectrum Pediatrics therapeutic playgroups offer children the opportunity to work on therapy goals in a fun environment with their peers.  This summer we are offering the following groups:

Playful Pandas (5 and younger): Tuesdays 9:00am-11:00am

Moving Monkeys (5 and older): Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm

Chatty Chimps (5 and younger): Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm

Reading & Writing Warriors (Kindergarten and older): Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm

Toddler Talk (3 and younger): Fridays: 9:30am-10:30am

Click HERE to see more details about each group!  We hope to help your child have fun and learn this summer!

Click HERE for the REGISTRATION FORM!

 

April 9, 2013

Summer Therapeutic Playgroups are back! Register Now!

Summer Therapeutic Playgroups
July 8 – August 16, 2013
Spectrum Pediatrics therapeutic playgroups offer children the opportunity to work on therapy goals in a fun environment with their peers.  This summer we are offering the following groups:

Playful Pandas (5 and younger): Tuesdays 9:00am-11:00am

Moving Monkeys (5 and older): Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm

Writing Warriors – Fun with Fine Motor (Kindergarten and older): Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm

Toddler Talk (3 and younger): Fridays: 9:30am-10:30am

Click HERE to see more details about each group!  We hope to help your child have fun and learn this summer!

Click HERE for the REGISTRATION FORM!

 

April 5, 2013

Planning for the Life Stages of Your Child with Special Needs

An Evening with The Washington Group
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm

Preparing your family and your child with special needs for the future is not a choice. It’s a necessity. It is imperative that plans are in place to ensure that your child is legally and financially ready for the future. Please join us for an informative night with a team of Special Care Planners from The Washington Group to aid you in navigating these tough subjects. They will address the topics of guardianship, trustees, creating a letter of intent and preparing a will. The presenters will also provide guidance on identifying your financial resources, determining plan/care costs and establishing a special needs trust. The Special Care Planning Team at the Washington Group specializes in financial planning specifically for families with special needs, and we are excited to share their knowledge with our Spectrum Pediatrics families.

This event is FREE! To RSVP please email therapy@spectrumpediatrics.com or call 703-299-0051.

Click HERE to see more details about the upcoming presentation!  We hope to see you there!

 

August 21, 2012

Little Lambs Developmental Playgroup

A Developmental Playgroup for Caregivers and Baby

September 17-October 22, 2012

This playgroup is designed with you and your Little Lambs in mind! Each week part of the session will focus on play, specific child development topics and way of enhancing your interactions with your child. The remainder of the session will be a time for discussion on a variety of topics relevant to the care and development of your Little Lamb.  Coffee, tea and an instant network of friends and support will be provided. Children with special needs are invited and encouraged to attend!

See flyer for more details….

April 5, 2012

Summer Therapeutic Playgroups

Start July 9th and run through August 24th!

Spectrum Pediatrics group sessions offer children the opportunity to work on therapy goals in a fun environment with their peers. Children ages 2 to 6 may participate in these educational playgroups! All groups will be led by Spectrum Pediatrics highly trained therapists.