Teaching Imitation, Spatial Skills and Sequencing using Lego Bricks

Legos are one of my favorite centers. Legos teach a lot of different skills. Visual Scanning skills are needed to find that certain piece Visual Spatial skills as a child figures out where a piece goes Visual Organization skills develop as one understands how things are put together Imitation Skills skills are needed to copy

Visual Perceptual and Early Number Sense

Children as young as five can recognize sets of numbers without counting.  Here are some great activities to help your young ones improve visual perceptual and number sense skills Stack the Dots Toss eight to ten dice on the table.  Have the child stack the dice with the same numbers.  I.e. all die with two

Games that Focus on Listening Skills

Listening, the ability to Hear and Understand. Many kids and adults struggle to listen. Listening requires more than just hearing. It requires one to use your eyes to read body language and your ears to hear the speakers tone. Listening is a hard skill to develop. Here are a few of my favorite listening games. Here

Games to Develop Speech and Language Skills in the School Age Child

Want to improve understanding?   What to help your child improve their ability to express themselves? What better way then to pick up a game and play. Don’t over emphasis the teaching part.  Don’t get caught up in the rules. Kids learn when having fun and what better fun than family games.  The above are some of

Transition to Independent Living: What Happens After High School?

Originally posted on Smart Steps (TM) LLC:
Students gather on the sidewalk in front of the middle school after school on a Friday afternoon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Individuals with disabilities go through many transitions in their school career as they progress through elementary, middle school and high school. At each stage, teams discuss how to…

Home Toys Vs Therapy Materials – What’s the difference?

As a parent I want to make sure my child is learning at home and in therapy.  As an educator, I want to maximize a student’s progress and aid the parent in spending money wisely. Last week, a parent requested information on where to buy a peg board.  Really, a peg board, how boring!  One of