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SHARE - Special Needs Help Finding Activities and Recreational Events

This month TheraPLACE’s spotlight is on the Facebook Group SHARE-Special Needs Help Finding Activities and Recreational Events. When Donna Bleuel McGraw, the founder of SHARE,

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3 Therapy Tools to Build Core Strength

3 Therapy Tools to Build Core Strength

Spring often means more outdoor play! Help your child build core strength for confident, skilled play using the same therapy tools as your child’s therapist. Below are therapy tool descriptions and activity ideas from TheraPLACE therapists.

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Core Strength Important for my Child

Why is Core Strength Important for my Child?

 

First let's define core strength- it is the development of the abdomen and back muscles that stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body in space. Poor core strength can negatively impact a lot of our other skills and abilities, including:

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Understanding Your Child’s Sensory System

Understanding Your Child's Sensory System

We all experience the world through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. We also use two more senses that aren’t talked about as often: proprioception (awareness of your body in space) and the vestibular sense (the inner ear processes information about movement, gravity, and balance). Each sense is not experienced equally. For example, if your child seeks sensory input in one category that does not necessarily mean they will seek input in other categories the same way. Some people react when just a little stimulus is given and others need a lot of stimuli to react.

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Spring Sensory Slime

Spring Sensory Slime

This unseasonably warm weather has us wanting to jump ahead to the next season! Get ready for spring with our DIY spring sensory slime recipe. Not only is it fun, making sensory slime with your child creates opportunities to practice reading, following directions, simple math skills, measuring and pouring, and impulse control. This activity is perfect for working toward decreasing tactile sensory aversions through a novel texture.

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Valentine’s Day Craft

Valentine's Day Craft

Warm your hearts and hands by making a sweet Valentine’s Day banner this month.  This activity allows your child to practice fine motor precision and hand/eye coordination while building hand strength. 

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Team TheraPLACE is looking for team members for the 2017 Louisville Polar Plunge!

Cartoon Polar Bear Diving into Water (January 11, 2017) – TheraPLACE Learning Center is pleased to announce its participation in the 2017 Polar Plunge supporting Special Olypmics Kentucky (SOKY). This is the first year for our participation and Team TheraPLACE is looking for team members. To join us in Taking the Plunge or to make a donation, please click on the following link, http://2017louisvilleplunge.kintera.org/teamtheraplace

The Polar Plunge is one of the biggest Special Olympics fundraisers of the year. The Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation is open to individuals eight years of age or older. If you would like to know more about Special Olympics Kentucky, please click on this link, http://soky.org/

DIY Indoor Obstacle 2017

Tame Cabin Fever With An Indoor Obstacle Course

Brisk wind and snow flurries have us all running for the comfort of the great indoors. Get moving this winter with a fun indoor obstacle course. You and your children can work together to transform common household items into fun, challenging, and versatile activities for any indoor space. Indoor obstacle courses help with gross and fine motor skills, sequencing, memory, and sensory input, strength, and balance.

Decide on a few simple stations, then add or change stations as children master them. Create stations using household items you currently have such as wash cloths, plastic cups, towels, laundry basket, and blankets. You can create your own stations or do a combination of our ideas with your stations. Below are a few fun ideas for creating your own obstacle course.

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