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Play dough recipe

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

 

The scented play dough we have been making and playing with at the clinic has been such a hit, we thought we would share the recipe with you! The best part about this recipe is that it does not require a stove-top cooking component, like many other recipes. It is also fun for your child to participate in the making.

 

Play dough is a great activity for exploring action words (make, roll, squish, push), color vocabulary, and size and shape concepts, just to name a few. It can also be fun for pretend play activities; scented doughs are particularly great for kitchen play. This scented play dough is also great for engaging a sensory modality that we often forget: smell.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • approximately 1 1/2 cups of just boiled water — you may need more or less
  • food coloring, glitter, spices, and/or extracts to add color and scent

In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients. Add the hot water mix and knead. After everything is starting to combine, you can add the food coloring, glitter, and/or spices and extracts . Allow to cool, and you are ready to play! Store in a plastic bag or in an airtight container. It usually keeps for just over a month or two.

With this recipe, we have created cinnamon, pumpkin spice, peppermint, and chocolate play dough.


Optimizing Story Time

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

 

Reading with your child is not only a fun and interactive experience but also a very beneficial activity that can foster language and literacy skills.  So pick up your child’s favorite book, find a comfortable spot and begin reading today.

 

Benefits of reading with your child:

- Spending quality time with your child

- Creating an early interest and appreciation for reading

- Exposing your child to pre-literacy skills (vocabulary, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, etc.)

- Laying down a foundation for developing literacy skills later (reading, writing, comprehension, fluency, etc.)

- Encouraging your child to use their imagination and other thinking skills

- Facilitating listening skills

 

Things to try when reading with your child:

- Try and refrain from asking simple “yes” and “no” questions about the pictures in the book

- Facilitate language by asking open-ended questions

- Using books without words (wordless books) to encourage your child to tell/create their own story

- Create a special day for you and your child to take a trip to the library

- Download interactive books on your computer, kindle, or iPad

- Act out the stories that you have read

- Have your child write and illustrate their own storybook

- Ask your child what they think will happen next in the story

 

Happy Reading!

 


Saturday Sessions Coming Soon

Friday, May 18th, 2012

If your schedule is feeling a little overwhelming during the week, perhaps bringing your child in on Saturdays would relieve some of the stress.

 

Beginning in September 2012 one of our therapists, Ashley Egger MS, CCC-SLP, will be consistently working long days on Saturdays!  Sessions will continue to be 50 minutes long.  We imagine these sessions will fill up fast, so please contact us soon if you are interested in coming in.

 

We are excited to hear from you.  You can email Ashley directly at ashley@pathwaystocommunication.net

 


Utilizing Social Stories to Facilitate and Empower Children with Autism

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

 

Many professionals are currently using or suggesting the use of social stories with children with autism.  A social story can be a simple way to approach difficult social situations.  They are simply a written or visual guide to help describe or prepare children as they enter different environments or engage in a variety of new social interactions.  They may also be helpful when trying to decrease difficult behaviors, or even to help children learn new concepts.

 

Maybe your child has a difficult time using public restrooms, eating lunch in the school cafeteria, sitting quietly in the library, playing appropriatley with their friends, or even just getting ready in the morning.  If so, try creating a social story to help them learn what is appropriate and to help them become more successful.

 

Below we have listed a variety of different resources you may find helpful when creating your first social story for your child.

 

http://www.hsmjs.org/autism%20handouts/encouraging%20positive%20behavior.pdf

http://www.educateautism.com/social-stories.html

http://tp053.k12.sd.us/Manners.htm


iLs Webinar for Parents

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

 

 

Have you been wondering about the Integrated Listening System?

 

The Integrated Listening System will be hosting an introductory webinar for parents this Thursday, April 12th at 9:00 am.  If you miss or can’t attend this webinar, don’t worry.  They are offering another webinar for parents Thursday, April 26th at 11:00am.

 

The webinar will be a great way to learn about the iLs methodology as well as the equipment they use.  They will be covering topics like: how it works, who can benefit, supporting research, program structure and costs.  They have also allotted time at the end of the session to answer any questions you may have.

 

If you have any other questions you can visit their website.     http://www.integratedlistening.com/

 

Exciting news!  We utilize the iLs at Pathways to Communication.  Please contact us to see if your child could benefit from the iLs.