By Roxane Bélanger, M.O.A., SLP-C, Reg. CALSPO Speech Language Pathologist, First Words Preschool Speech and Language Program of Ottawa and Renfrew County
During the pandemic, many parents and educators are wondering how to support children who are learning to speak and use new sounds. Wearing a mask and accessing therapy services can cause concerns for parents with a child presenting with speech sounds difficulty. Many tools and strategies are at your fingertips.
To limit the waste from single use sensory experiences, incorporate sensory play with objects found in nature without cost, such as leaves and pinecones. You can also consider recycled materials such as shredded paper as sensory bin filler.
One of the ways your Resource Consultant can support your program is by providing adaptive equipment to support inclusion. Visual timers are commonly used supports for transitions and play activities. Transitions can be challenging for children when they need to leave a preferred activity or engage in a less preferred task. During play activities children may have challenges sharing toys with peers or waiting for a turn.
Let’s talk about love in education. Join us for a powerful and fun conversation with our founder Goldie Hawn and Dr. Jean Clinton: a child psychiatrist and expert on the central role that relationships, connectedness, belonging and attachment play in children’s well-being and ability to learn. They will unpack THE BRAIN ON LOVE. We will learn the why and how of connecting love to well-being, education, relationships, and community; and how together with the power of love we can support our young people, building their brains and resiliency.
Nowadays, life can be hard, hectic and stressful. Moreover, everyday life during a pandemic increases our stress levels which can impact our well-being. Right now, we are facing constant distractions, such as social media, and we are worried about what the future holds.
We feel our mind jumping from one idea to another without stopping. So I asked myself a question … How can we regain our balance and catch our breath to calm our mind?