March’s Theme: Pets!

My favorite part of the COVID-19 lockdown was getting to see everyone’s pets. I love pets! Many of my patients do, too, and I had to make “pets” one of my reusable monthly themes. Here are some ways I’m incorporating “pets” into my practice this month… You can find my other themed virtual therapy rooms …

Regulation Tool: Zooey Weighted Lap Buddy

A “weighted lap buddy” is like a small weighted blanket in the form of a stuffed animal. These help kids who have trouble sitting in their seats, kids who feel nervous, or even just kids who love stuffed animals! You can find weighted lap buddies for $40 – $50 on Amazon, but I wanted to …

Using Toca Pet Doctor in Speech & Language Treatment

I’m constantly looking for new and fun naturalistic activities. One of my favorite apps is Toca Pet Doctor. This app isn’t one of the free ones from Toca Boca – it costs $3.99, but my patients love it (many request it for their reward activity) and it’s quite versatile! Here are some more naturalistic activities for …

Pet-Themed Sensory Bin

For my pet-themed sensory bin I took the two pet Safari Toobs that I had, threw them into the plastic rocks that I had (and which remind me of aquarium gravel without being so heavy), and added some glow-in-the-dark plastic rocks. This bin has been evoking all sorts of conversations about different pets – so …

Pet-Themed Prizes

Boy, do kids love blind boxes! I don’t remember them being around when I was a kid, but I’m surprised at how popular they are now. I do remember loving any toy that involved pets and the Barbie Pet Surprise box combines both these themes. These cute, soft, and colorful pets were first made into …

Pet-Themed Virtual Treatment Room

Here’s March’s pet-themed virtual treatment room! Visit it to see the webcams, apps, videos, and websites I’m using this month. Here’s a link to my folder of treatment virtual therapy rooms (so you can download and edit a room to make it your own). You can find my other themed virtual treatment rooms here.

Social Skills with Toca Pet Doctor

Here’s my video tutorial on how I’ve been using Toca Pet Doctor with more details on the least-to-most cueing hierarchy I use when I’m targeting these skills. A special note: When inferencing the cause of emotions I prefer to ask “what made him feel sad?” rather than “why does he feel sad?”  I find if I use …