From our family to yours, here are some ideas from the HSS Pediatric Rehabilitation team that you and your children can try at home to stay active, engage with each other and foster growth and development.
Gross motor activities help your child stay active, build strength and improve coordination. Try to build in movement breaks throughout the day.
Calming activities help your child’s system to organize and regulate. This is especially important as everyone’s routines have shifted, there is less structure and things are more uncertain.
Fine motor activities promote the development of refined movements for precision and accuracy.
Alternative positioning helps to promote attention and focus, build strength and help a child better regulate by giving different options to move between.
Modeling, expanding, commenting and asking questions are techniques that can be used during many different activities throughout the day at home.
Following directions helps build your child’s overall understanding of language.
Identification helps your child understand vocabulary and concepts.
There are so many resources available and they are growing by the day. Search online and through social media for craft and learning activities, therapist posts, books and recipes. Here are some additional sites our therapists have found:
Talk to children about the novel coronavirus with information from reliable sources, like the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Check on your family, friends and neighbors while maintaining social distancing. We will do our best together to get through this stronger.
HSS Pediatric Rehabilitation
*Contributing thrapists have no financial disclosures, or ties to any of these resources.