Monthly Archives: January 2019

Indoor Winter Fun

With rainy, cold and snowy weather plaguing us daily in the beginning of this new year, we know that it is hard to get out of the house and entertain your kids, so we wanted to share some great indoor activities with you to keep them entertained. Whether your child is on the autism spectrum or has developmental delays these activities are great ways to develop skills during play time.

  1.  Sensory toys such as slime and kinetic sand are great ways to keep them entertained while also working on fine motor skills. Teach your kids to use the slime to pick up small toys and objects. Help them build and shape things with kinetic sand. If your child is either a sensory seeker or a sensory resister, this activity is great for everyone.
  2. Creating an obstacle course out of everyday items you have at home is a perfect way to incorporate gross motor skills into a fun at home activity. By lining up a few chairs in two rows and throwing a blanket over them you can build a tunnel, use pillows to build hills or a fort that they need to get to. Lay towels on the floor and tell them they are traps they need to jump over, the possibilities are endless. For more advanced fun, try hiding toys around the house and turning the obstacle course into a scavenger hunt.
  3. Create a craft corner filled with construction paper, glitter, glue, Popsicle sticks, scissors, tape, feathers, buttons and more. Working with your child on arts and crafts will help your incorporate skills like following instructions, turn taking, and sharing into the activity. How about making your own sensory toys, like your very own bean bag tossing game. Once you’ve made your bean bags, it’s time to get creative. For indoor fun, set up toys or plastic cups and make your kids stand a distance away and toss the bean bags to see if how many they can knock down.

Don’t let winter weather bring you down, enjoy indoor fun time with your family and keep your special needs kids entertained while also working on vital skills to help them advance.

2019 New Years Resolutions!

A new year is upon us and as with the start of every new year, we spend time thinking about our resolutions, what we want for ourselves, our families and our kids in the year to come. This is the time of year that we are determined and motivated to make this year a better year than last year.

Since we have started a new year, Beautiful Minds Center thought we would share some new year’s resolutions we’ve heard parents make to start the year off right.

Here goes:

  1. I will exercise more and eat a healthier diet, I will cook healthy food for my family as well.
  2. I will try to figure out a way to spend a little more time on myself and with my spouse without feeling guilty that I have not giving my child 100% of my undivided attention.
  3. I will find a way to manage my anxieties, and turn them into motivation and determination to improve being in social situations with my child.
  4. I will try to see the world through my child’s eyes and try to understand their needs from their perspective
  5. I will identify and help my child develop areas of strength
  6. I will get involved in the autism community more by building a stronger support network for myself and my child so that we have the emotional and social backing we need.
  7. I will spread more awareness of autism and seek out more information and support.
  8. I will be a strong advocate for my child and for the autism cause. I will also work hard on monitoring my child’s progress at home, in school and in the community.
  9. I will help raise money and/or donate time or money to grow and strengthen autism awareness
  10. I will take things one day at a time.

 

What are some of the resolutions you have made this year? Let us know!! We’d love to hear what motivates you. Ours are simple. Our new year’s resolution is to make sure we offer the best possible service and therapy to our clients. We resolve to work with our families to make their lives better day by day and to help them through their struggles and answer any questions they may have. We vow to spread awareness.

Happy 2019 everyone! May this year be a successful year for all of us, both personally and professionally!