I thought I’d start a weekly post giving ideas and info about the different things we do for therapy. This will be a way for me to brag about Trevor’s inchstones, share with those who are curious what we are working on, and to help other parents come up with ideas to work on with their own kids. So here goes, it’s Therapy Thursday, volume 1:
Bubbles are a commonly used speech therapy tool. Studies show that toddlers who can blow bubbles and have good lip control develop language more quickly than those who cannot. If you’re interested in reading more about that, click here. When I first tried to introduce Trevor to blowing bubbles, he wanted no part in it. He’s not a big fan of things being in his face, and since it was too hard for him to blow bubbles he got frustrated and eventually stopped trying. Usually I try to work therapy into our daily routine, and to incorporate it with activities Trevor already loves. So one night I decided to try adding bubble blowing to our bathtime routine. And you know what? It worked! Trevor loves the water. That’s where he is happy and calm. Being in the water helped ease his anxiety and he started enjoying our bubble blowing sessions. He’s only blown one bubble so far himself, but the important thing is that he’s willing to try now. And the greatest part is that he actually asks to play with the bubbles now. The best advice I can give to other parents whose kids don’t want to do one of the exercises a therapist recommends is to try and incorporate it into the place your child is most at ease, or into an activity that your child loves.