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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to the amazing moms who work closely with the speech therapists to help their children’s speech and language skills grow!  We appreciate all your hard work and collaboration with the staff at Communicate Therapy Services.  

 

Happy Mother's Day

Collaboration was a success at Plant Night in Boise, Idaho

The whole team

 

creations

 

The therapists at Communicate Therapy Services enjoyed a night away from the office to use their creativity in another way.  It was great to see all the pieces of the terrarium come together and be able to walk away with a beautiful creation.  It reminded me a great deal of the journey a child follows during speech therapy.  We start with pieces or skills a child has, keep adding more pieces/skills and when everything comes together you have something amazing.

 

 

 

 

Rachel and Laura
Alicia and Kristen

oh boy

 

Holiday Hours

Indian kids celebrating christmas - cute little Indian kids playing, laughing and having fun with gift boxes on christmas, sitting on floor or sofa with christmas tree in the background

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the staff at Communicate Therapy Services.  We hope you enjoy relaxing with your family and creating memories together.  Please remember the clinic is closed on the December 25th, December 26th and January 1st.  Please contact us at 208-466-9686 if you need to reschedule due to holiday activities.

 

Enjoy the holidays and Merry Christmas!

 

HOLIDAY SENSORY BOXES

 

Cheerful diverse kids at Christmas: Cheerful diverse kids at Christmas

With the holiday quickly approaching a great home activity are sensory boxes.

Materials:

  • A plastic container with a lid.
  • A filler material such as cotton balls, rice, pasta or beans. I love to use rice and cotton balls to represent snow.
  • Small cup and spoon
  • Items to place in the bin. To focus on vocabulary development, gather objects or pictures your child will see during the holidays (Santa, candy, snowman, present, flower, pine cone, ornament, lights, ect)

The links below are amazing from the TLC shop and Little Miss Edugator on Teacher pay teacher.  They are free resources they have so graciously shared.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Vocabulary-Words-and-Pictures-760416

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-TLC-Christmas-Picture-Cards-1021976

You can also visit your local craft store or Dollar store and find small objects for the sensory box.  I love using the erasers at the Dollar Tree in Boise and Nampa.

Now that you have created the holiday sensory box, what do you do.

Pick a skill you would like your child to focus on.  Some options are:

  • Increase play activities for longer periods of time
  • Imitate actions in play- You find the object and make it do something. Encourage your child to do the same.   Examples would be to pat the rice, stir the cotton balls, have Santa jump up and down
  • Imitation of words.  Remember to model your verbal routine over and over.  “Look, Look, Look found it” or “pour out”
  • Increase receptive vocabulary by naming an object and helping your child find it. “Let’s dig and find the _____.”
  • Increase expressive vocabulary by finding an object and naming it. “We found a _______”
  • Develop describing skills by finding an object and describing it by its function, color, shape or where you would find it.
  • Focus on target speech sounds by placing objects/pictures that have your child’s speech sound in the sensory bin.

Enjoy all the endless possibilities with a holiday sensory bin.  If you have any questions about how to put one together for the holidays, please call Communicate Therapy Services in Nampa (208-466-9686).  Your speech language pathologist would be happy to brainstorm ways to use the holiday sensory bin at home.

 

Happy Holidays!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving From Communicate Therapy

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The staff at Communicate Therapy Services is so thankful for the families we get to work with everyday. We are grateful to be part of your child’s life and helping them develop their communication skills. Enjoy a day filled with family, laughter and good food.

Happy Thanksgiving!