As summer begins, summer plans take shape. Hopefully these plans involve lots of fun and sunshine. Summer should be an enjoyable and exciting time for all children and their families, but it is important to remember to also focus on children’s growth and development. Sometimes during the break from school, skills gained in an educational or therapeutic setting can be lost. It is important to remember that summer is a great time to keep working on skill development, therapeutic goals, and preparing each child for the challenges of the upcoming school year.
Research continues to show that consistent and high intensity therapy (two or three times per week) results in faster and better functional outcomes for daily skills. With a more relaxed schedule, summer is a perfect time to increase therapy intensity and have fun building the skills children will need for the new school year.
Specific areas of focus in the summer to prepare for school:
- Potty training
- Executive function skills
- Bike riding
- Lunchtime fears or anxiety
- Comfort on playground equipment
- Speech intelligibility
- Improving social skills
North Shore Pediatric Therapy wants to help your child gain the confidence and independence to conquer all age appropriate tasks! Summer spots are limited. Call us at 877-486-4140 and let us know how we can best support you and your child!