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25 Sep 2016

BY: trini

Crafty Time / Inspiration

How To Build A Craft Kit

by Misti Bushmire

Encouraging creativity in our kids is as simple as getting them involved in a craft! Not only does this fuel their imagination, but doing crafts and incorporate speech goals, sensory play and fine motor skills.

But for the “adult” it can feel overwhelming when you see that amazing idea on Pinterest and then the thought gathering a whole bunch of supplies from all over the house dampens the crafty impulse. Let’s make it simple with a kit! What do you need in your craft arsenal?  I’m going to answer that right now!  Let’s start with some tips and move to an actual list of what to buy/save/scrounge.

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15 Sep 2016

BY: trini

Crafty Time / Inspiration

Reasons To Do Crafts With Kids

by Misti Bushmire

Have you ever wanted to do crafts with your kids, to help them learn to explore their creativity?  Have you ever wondered where on Earth to start?!  Some people grew up in a home where making things was as common as breathing and some did not.  The great news is that it is never too late to start!

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15 Aug 2016

BY: trini

Inspiration / Speech Therapy

4 Ways to Keep Motivating Your Child With Speech Therapy Homework

Motivating Your Kiddo’s With Their Homework – by Esther Jang

I walked into the office this morning to see Erica having a fun speech session with a little girl. It looked like she had a long blue toothbrush in her mouth and I was a little curious to know if it was. The little girl looked at me with wide eyes, wondering who I was as I unintentionally took a few minutes of attention away from her.

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18 Jul 2016

BY: trini

Inspiration

Healthy Snacking Made Easy

by Misti Bushmire

“Mom…  I’m hungry!” If only I had a dime for every time I’ve heard these words…  I’m sure that you feel the same!  It didn’t help that it seemed that I heard this when I was also at low ebb and my creativity and energy were low.  My saving grace ended up being a list on the front of the fridge (or the inside of a cabinet door depending on where we lived at the time) that I could look at for ideas and planning ahead.

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29 Jun 2016

BY: trini

Crafty Time / Inspiration / School

School’s Out! Now what…?!

by Misti Bushmire

School’s Out! Do you remember the beginning of summer when school just let out and the long, lazy days stretched out in front of you endlessly just waiting to be filled with fun?  I know I do but somehow as a mom it never looks quite the same…

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14 Jun 2016

BY: trini

Inspiration

Happy Father’s Day! Let’s Hear It For Dad!

by Misti Bushmire

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” :: Jim Valvano

As we celebrate Father’s Day, we are reminded that being a father is a special privilege no matter how you arrive there.  Typically you and your spouse/partner find out you are expecting a child but sometimes you are blessed with stepchildren or you find yourself taking on a very special mentoring position.  Still other families are blessed with children who have special needs.

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07 Oct 2015

BY: trini

Education / Inspiration / Speech Therapy

What to do with: Play-Dough Mats!

by Kelci Santiago

Hip Hip Hooray for the month of October!

and…. pumpkins, scarecrows, hay rides, candy corn, apple picking, the changing of leaves, bats, witches, and ghosts! BOO!

While preparing for speech therapy during the month of October, I stumbled upon an amazing resource, totschooling.net.Totschool is an online website providing free printables for toddlers and young children. So big thank you Totschool for providing such creative enrichment, I now have wonderful Fall themed play-dough mats to laminate and use to target early developmental skills!

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01 Oct 2015

BY: trini

Inspiration / Speech Therapy

3 Ways to Make Speech Therapy Fun in October!

by Erika Ordonez

Its October!!!! You know what that means…. CHOCOLATES! COSTUMES! JOKES! TRICK-OR-TREATING! CANDY! MMMM……

What is unique about October? There are Halloween parties to attend, people to meet, decorations that turn your house into a haunted mansion, and Halloween candy is passed out almost every day. Whether you plan to go to Ala Moana or Kahala Mall for trick or treating or wander your neighborhood with the kids, there are so many fun activities in Hawaii that your kids can’t say they are bored for a whole month! Not to mention what fun we can accomplish at home. There are no limits to our creativity! Halloween is a fun and perfect time to work on therapy goals with our students and children.

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09 Sep 2015

BY: trini

Inspiration

4 Activities to Increase your Child’s Core Strength

by Kelci Santiago

“Sit up straight, knees are 90 degrees, feet flat on the ground.”

I feel the above statement is my very own speech therapy mantra I continually use to remind the children I see here in Hawaii to check-in with their posture while sitting in therapy. More often than not, a child will come into therapy, sit down, and immediately slouch over, hunch his back, or use the table/chair to help hold himself up. Why does he do this? Well, why do you hunch? If you are sitting down and reading this are you on your sits bones, are your shoulders back and down with your chest slightly lifted? Can you feel your abdominal muscles working? You should feel your stomach expanding like a balloon as you inhale through your nose, and then returning to its normal position as you exhale.

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01 Sep 2015

BY: DebraHartley

Education / Inspiration

Where Did Labor Day Come From?

by Debra Hartley

If you’ve been following the Speech Solutions Hawaii blog this year, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve focused on holidays a bit this year. Every month has a major holiday with the exception of August, but we’ve found that a lot of our kiddos don’t know the meaning or origin of these holidays. (And if we’re honest, some of us adults are a bit hazy on the details as well.) As far as our kids understand, it’s a day off from school, a chance to spend the day at Magic Island or Lanikai, BBQ day with friends, or, everyone’s favorite, stay up late and watch fireworks in Waikiki!

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