I happened to be enjoying the outdoors one day not so long ago. You know...before it was Africa Hot. Africa Hot means you enjoy being indoors more than out! But that day I happened to be out and was watching the kids romping around the yard. One of Trevy's IEP goals is learning appropriate social skills. Because...well...most of the time Trevy is just bumbling around by himself doing his own thing. That or getting nose to nose with a peer and pointing out every single body part. And when he gets to "teeth" his fingers must actually touch their teeth even if it means forcing their lips open. This has a tendency to make the peers less than comfy!
But that day...I noticed that my kiddos seemed to be playing together. Actually...they were squirting each other with spray bottles.
It's one of my home grown therapy ideas. Although I'm sure it's not new with me. As Solomon says...there's nothing new under the sun...
But I like to fill a squirty bottle
with water...and let him go to town with it in the yard. It's great for keeping cool in warm weather and enhancing fine motor skills and sometimes even building social development too! Because anything that promotes squirting your big sister right in her toothless grins which makes her chase you around the house in return - counts as a social victory at our place!
Anyway...as I was watching them romp around the yard it occurred to me that I'd like to start posting therapy ideas and tricks I'm learning along the way on a regular, easy to find, basis. Kinda like my Randomnings - which are so popular!
Thank you...thank you...I do have cute kids don't I?!
So this is the first in a developing series of posts that I shall dub...
Backyard Therapy - because sometimes the best therapy happens at home!
Inspired by watching Trevy's sibs promoting a multi-layered therapy approach for him...right in our backyard! Although, because I'm the honest type...I must confess that we were really in the front yard. Our backyard is essentially non-existent. But Backyard Therapy is much more adorable sounding than FrontYard Therapy. Don't you agree?
I welcome tricks and idea swappage. If you have a great idea and/or post and would like to share it here...please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.