Easy Resources to Share with Parents
My last two posts addressed the challenge of implementing items that families have in their home to support therapy and IFSP goals and strategies. In my posts I specifically addressed populations that may not have access to many books and toys for their children. As a therapist working with very young children, it can be difficult when supplies are limited. Creativity and resourcefulness for the therapist and ideally for the parent as well must take over! To read more about my ideas for "using what you've got," visit my last two posts: Using Items in the Home
and Using Items in the Home, Continued
In our county, we are currently being told that any resources we bring in we must leave with the family unless it is a more high-tech communication device that we are piloting. Then we are allowed to bring it in for a session or two and if it is working, we must do our best to rent the same or a similar device for the family to use. Although this theory is very good and well appreciated, the reality of the situation can often be quite difficult.
Today's post offers a complete list along with brief descriptions of simple resources you can make and leave with a family. It is very important to remember that it is vital for therapists to model HOW to use the resources we provide so that parents understand what to do with them and how to prompt their child:
- Flashcards - Photocopying flashcards or using programs such as Boardmaker to create pages of pictures are two ways to help families build their child's vocabulary. You can also print resources from the web.
- Music Pictures - I have a set of about 8 nursery rhyme pictures that I use with many of my students. I will often make color copies of them for the family to use so that they can practice making choices and singing simple tunes.
- Pacing Board - You can easily create a pacing board using construction paper and 3-4 post-it notes. Laminate it and share with families!
- Articulation Handouts - Photocopy vocabulary words/pictures as well as artistic handouts if appropriate and leave for the family to use throughout the day.
- Photo album - Ask the parents to provide pictures of family members and friends their child knows and sees on a regular basis. Have them help you create a simple album the family can use to identify and name the people closest to their child.
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Fall!