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Speech and Occupational Therapy

Therapy #1: Location Words - Emotions - Handwriting

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Welcome to Pediatric Constellations! In this video, we will show you how to save $200 by creating a holistic activity designed for children with autism. This activity targets the brain by practicing location words, the heart by learning about emotions, and the muscles by improving handwriting skills.

I’m Sergio, an occupational therapist with five years of experience, and I’m Rosa, a speech therapist with three years of experience. Together, we founded Pediatric Constellations with a mission to empower dedicated parents like you with the tools and support you need to help your child become emotionally, mentally, and physically stronger.

Let’s get started with our exciting game, the Feeling Finder Adventure!

The Feeling Finder Adventure: A Holistic Activity for Children with Autism

Objective:

  • Cognitive Development: Practice location words.

  • Emotional Growth: Learn about emotions.

  • Physical Skills: Improve handwriting.

Materials Needed:

  • Two characters or family pictures.

  • A variety of location words (e.g., in, on, under).

  • A template for writing down emotions.

Step 1: Find the Picture

  1. Choose two pictures of characters or family members.

  2. Hide these pictures around the house based on the location words you want to practice. For example, hide a pigeon (the favorite character for our patient) under the table to practice the word "under."

Step 2: Identify the Emotion

  1. Ensure each picture depicts a different emotion. Note: Start with high-contrast emotions like sad and happy.

  2. Ask your child to find the hidden pictures. Example: “Let’s find the pigeon. Where is he? I think he’s hiding under the table.”

  3. Allow your child time to process and respond (wait at least five seconds before giving additional clues).

Step 3: Write It Down

  1. Once your child finds the pictures, discuss the emotions.
    “Yes, you found the pigeons! This pigeon is sad, and this pigeon is happy. Who is feeling happy?”

  2. Give your child time to respond by looking, pointing, or verbally identifying the emotion.

  3. If your child answers correctly, praise them. If not, gently guide them by repeating the question as we did above.

  4. Use a template to write down the identified emotion.
    Example: “The pigeon is feeling happy.”

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