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Started this discussion. Last reply by Becky D. Smith Aug 11, 2011. 6 Replies

Hi!I am looking for oral motor activities that can be done in small groups with students ages 3-5. Does anyone have any ideas?  I work in an integrated preschool and developing oral motor skills is…Continue

Oral Motor Activities

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marcia Hickey Sep 5, 2011. 5 Replies

Hi!I am looking for oral motor activities that can be done in small groups with students ages 3-5. Does anyone have any ideas?  I work in an integrated preschool and developing oral motor skills is…Continue

 

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Marcia Hickey replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Oral Motor Activities
"Hi Sarah, I am just new to this network.  I have a program that includes oral motor activities.  I introduce it in the special needs preschool  and also gen ed preschools and the teacher and parapro carry it on all week.  We have…"
Sep 5, 2011
Martianne Stanger replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Oral Motor Activities
"In the spring, try a bunny blow game like the one I made pictured here - http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2010/04/frugal-fridays-vol-2-sensory-and-skills.html  Also, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles.    And, of course, lots of…"
Aug 29, 2011
Becky D. Smith replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Language Activities
"I had a speech therapist work closely in our classroom training my assistants and me basically how to do her work when she wasn't there.  A few activities she used were: 1. taking big bites of an apple at snack time and having…"
Aug 11, 2011
Julie R. replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Oral Motor Activities
"We used to make up songs with silly sounds, like "oo, ee, ah, oh... oo, ee, ah, oh..." to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?"  I've also made up songs to go along with chewing and biting exercises on a Chewy Tube (or…"
May 12, 2011
Sherrie Rose Maleson replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Oral Motor Activities
"You might try blowing cotton balls (either with or without a straw), horns, whistles, or windmills."
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Sarah McPhee commented on Cecilia Cruse's blog post How Writing By Hand Makes Kids Smarter
"This was very informative.  It makes me feel better about my hope that the oral motor groups I'm running in our Preschool classroom will help with other pre-academic skills.  Thank you!"
Feb 27, 2011
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"Sarah,  Welcome to My Special Needs Network.  We are so excited you chose to join this network. It is great that you have jumped in and started asking questions and getting involved with the community.  I hope that the answers have…"
Jan 3, 2011
Marilyn F. Hays, Ph.D. replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Language Activities
"Hi Sarah, When we were working with a young boy with autism who was non verbal, we got him involved in a lot of blowing activities as oral motor tasks. This included blowing feathers and bubbles that also are fun in a small…"
Nov 30, 2010
Sarah McPhee replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Language Activities
"Thank you for the great Idea! I will let you know how things go! Sarah "
Nov 16, 2010
Sarah McPhee replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Language Activities
"Thank you so much for the great ideas! I appreciate it! Sarah "
Nov 16, 2010
Tobi Isaacs replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Language Activities
"Incorporating movement into your oral-motor exercises is a great way to get those little ones doing what you want. You could print large pictures of the O-M exercises and have them do relay races. Or, have each child pick a picture and teach the…"
Nov 15, 2010
Sue Wilkinson replied to Sarah McPhee's discussion Language Activities
"Hi Sara, Great question! My favorite for this age group is to make activities out out of snack time. Have droolers? Bet you'll see a significant reduction in 4 weeks. I usually have the cafeteria make a pan of jello for us and keep it where the…"
Nov 15, 2010
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This is why I am passionate about special needs.
I feel that every child deserves the best education possible, and some children need different teaching. Each child will bloom if given the instruction meant for them. I feel that I help every child succeed in the inclusion setting.
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Sarah,  Welcome to My Special Needs Network.  We are so excited you chose to join this network. It is great that you have jumped in and started asking questions and getting involved with the community.  I hope that the answers have helped you to better support the children with special needs in your life.  If you like, you can add a photo by clicking here. We look forwarding to continuing to learning with you and FROM you! Once again welcome!!
 
 
 

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