Therapy Toys

20170611_140233A common question that I get asked is where can parents get toys like mine for their children. I’m not actively looking for specific toys, I just casually browse where ever I am to see what they have. If I find something, great! If not, next time. If I am looking for something specific, I can usually find it on Amazon. I don’t purchase my supplies from a catalogue or a teacher’s store, as those can be very expensive. Here’s a list of places where I find my supplies:

  1. Amazon
  2. Target
  3. Zulily
  4. Ross
  5. Marshalls
  6. TJ Maxx

 

Update

I’ve been gone for quite some time. Last semester I was working on my thesis which took up a lot of my time. But it’s over now. I passed all of my classes and I’m ready to graduate next month!! I’ve also finished my supervision hours for my BCBA. It has been a really long journey for me and I’m overwhelmed that it has finally come to an end. I plan to study for my board exam this summer and take the exam in October. After that, I’ll probably open my own practice.

I plan to get more organized this summer and start posting a lot more on social media. I’ll post pictures from graduation in a couple of weeks!

Planting flowers

I love this simple activity. Planting flowers is great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. You can also throw in some language skills by asking/labeling the color of each flower. If the child is verbal and more advance, ask some wh-questions like “What do you do with flowers?” or “Where do you find flowers?” You can also do some pretend play and “smell” the flowers. It’s about keeping them engaged.

Have fun! 

Vocal Stereotypy 

One common characteristic of autism is stereotypy, repetitive movement for no obvious purpose. My little guy has vocal stereotypy which gets in the way during circle time in class. I have been assigned to implement my first intervention, and I have chosen to tackle this behavior.

I made some visuals to help him understand when it’s appropriate to talk and when it’s NOT appropriate to talk. 

I used it throughout his daily tasks last week and his stereotypy has decreased by 50%! There is more to the intervention which involves blocking and redirection, but the visuals are really helping him to control his body. 

I’m really excited for this because it’s the first time I have to write out the program, take the data, graph it, and discuss the progress!! I’ve been using everything I have learned in class: different methods of collecting data and how to use them. I’m on my way to becoming a BCaBA!! 

PECS

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

Made some today for a family.

This week we will be working on requesting for desired items.

Starting off very simple. I have to teach my kiddo and his parents how to use PECS first. Once they’ve mastered these 2 pictures, we will add some more.