Is your child seeing a developmental therapist on a weekly or monthly basis? On the days your child is not seeing a developmental therapist, there are things you can do with them to help increase their development. Here are five developmental therapy ideas to practice with your child.
Dig Out the LEGOS
This is such an inexpensive and clever way to help your child develop. Of course this activity isn’t meant for super small kids but 2 years old and up can use LEGOS with supervision. If you don’t feel comfortable with LEGOS, there are various kinds of blocks out there to use. LEGOS are just the perfect size to practice grasping, along with critical thinking skills.
Make Your Own Playground
Yes! The playground makes an awesome place to practice developmental therapy with your child. If you don’t feel comfortable taking your child to the playground, consider making your own backyard playground with tents and tunnels from your play toys. The options are endless for creating your own playground.
Did you know that crafts are an awesome developmental activity to practice with your child? Depending on the age, your child can learn and develop so much from doing various crafts. Using scissors, playing with different materials, and concentrating on the task at hand are all great ideas for developmental therapy activities. Something as simple as holding crayons is an excellent way to practice developing with your child.
Gross Motor Skill Activities
If your child is being seen by a developmental therapist to help develop their gross motor skills, there are several activities you can do at home. Doing activities like animal walks (pretending you are a certain kind of animal). When thinking of gross motor skills, you want to focus on what the child is already good at and build off of those skills. An obstacle course could be a great start for some kids. Other kids may need to start with something as simple as pretending they are a super hero and flying around.
Play what? Playing house is an excellent developmental therapy activity for the child you are working with. Picking up items and talking about what’s going on is an exciting way for children to learn in multiple ways. Have a tea party and invite some stuffed animals as friends. This activity is not only brilliant, but it is fun for everyone and your child is going to learn a multitude of things to help them develop right on target.