One more time for the little folks in the front row!
Today on the podcast, we’re going to wrap up our exploration of literacy-based therapy with practices for our earliest learners, and I’m thrilled to have our guest, pediatric SLP Allison Cloutier, on the mic to add her voice and experience.
If we can connect with kiddos (and their parents/caregivers) early in their learning journey to identify needs and goals, it sets everyone up for success in the long term! AND, play-based therapy is as fun as it sounds. (When else do you get to engage with your students by playing hide-and-seek, giggling at a pig puppet, or rolling on giant bean bags?!)
In spite of all of the fun, working with wee ones also presents its own challenges, as any parent-of-toddlers will confirm — little ones might be all-in for the first 7 minutes of your painstakingly-planned session, and then have an energy shift which only the most adaptable and egoless therapist (or parent) can conquer!
Are you up to the challenge? 💪
Grab your beverage of choice (coffee is always in order when hanging with toddlers – amiright parents?), put your feet up, and listen in.
Key Takeaways + Topics Covered
– What drew Allison to private practice + working with peds
– How Allison builds connections with daycares and preschools
– Building rapport with little ones through play
– Incorporating physical movement to encourage engagement
– Toys and games to give some (but not too much!) structure
– How SLPs can utilize books to enhance language with younger kiddos (and get parents on board!)
– Integrating play with a variety of goals
– Being nimble in your approach to therapy!
Links Mentioned in the Podcast
– Enchanted Cupcake Party
– Spot It Jr
– Fat Brain Toys
– Blue Orange Games
– Critter Clinic
– Tot tube
– Rapid motion imitation antecedent training
– Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
– Poke-a-Dot books
– Allison’s recommended resources
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