Most families are surprised to learn how much their home space impacts their child’s progress. A child will be able to learn more easily in a space that is organized and clear of clutter. It’s wonderful to have lots of learning materials, however it is necessary to have a clear system in place for keeping everything organized. Baskets are your friend!
Families love to learn that reorganizing their space is another tool they have in their therapeutic tool kit to help their child build new communication skills. By adapting your space, you can help your child progress towards his or her learning goals.
When I do a home visit for a family, part of the consultation is a space consultation. I look at how the family’s space is organized and particularly how the child’s room, play space, therapy room, etc. is organized. I help families create a “progress nook” (that special space where families work with their kids).
I teach families how to create learning opportunities by organizing their home space in specific ways, using visual guidance, specially selected learning materials and toys, baskets, bin, clear labels and lots of fun + silliness!
1. Place favorite toys out of reach but within view. Your goal is to increase your child’s requests : frequency + quality.
2. Use a clear organizational system for your child’s toys and clothes. Bins + baskets + drawers with clear photo labels. To see how I organize our learning materials at my center, check out my posts Organize Your Child’s Educational Materials, Creative and Functional Ways to Store Toys and Organize Children’s Books.
3. Make sure your organizational systems are easy to use. This will make it easier for your child to participate.
4. Keep track of your child’s wins! Offer lots of positive reinforcement for appropriate requests, for using the organizational system, for cleaning up, etc.!
5. Create areas of conversational interest. These will serve as visual prompts for communication in your space.
6. Make it FUN! Make it really, really fun! Sing, dance, laugh, shout! Participate, interact, be silly! (These activities should not feel like senseless chores for you or your child.)
Click here to see some inspiring playrooms.
Please try these tips and let me know how it goes! ♥
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