Family Resources

Winter 2018

Parenting can be challenging sometimes and we know that when parents get the help they need, there’s hope for their children. Below is a list of videos, articles and resources that offer support and inspiration. Remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

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Emergency Assistance and Social Services Resources

Parent Café

Parent Cafés last about 2.5 hours with time for eating and mingling:

  • A meal
  • Welcome/Introduction
  • One-on-one conversation
  • Table conversation
  • Debriefing after each section and over all Café
  • Survey

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CDC Developmental App

CDC’s new, free app for parents and other important care providers offers

  • Interactive milestone checklists for ages 2 months through 5 years;
  • Milestones illustrated in photos and videos;
  • Your child’s milestone summary to share with others;
  • Activities that can help your child’s development;
  • What to do if you have a concern about your child’s development; and
  • Reminders for appointments and developmental screening.
Tips for the Winter Season
Care for your Baby
Sweet Tips for Parenting during the Holidays!

Family Fun

“I buy a bag of pipe cleaners and a bag of hair beads at the dollar store and keep them in a Ziploc or Tupperware for the week to bring to sessions. You can use them different ways with different kiddos- colors, following directions, prepositions, counting, etc., and it is a moderately difficult fine motor activity. You can also leave several pipe cleaners with 10-15 beads in the home for practice.”

– Shannon Speak, MS CF SLP


Holiday Speech Therapy

Bells and holiday songs can help build the foundation for language development.

  • Use bells to sing holiday songs
  • Use bells and say “bell” and “shake”


Sensory Walks

  1. Go on a sensory walk and encourage your little one to look at the Christmas lights, touch/feel/smell the things you see along the way like pine cones, different colored leaves, encourage them to listen to the different sounds like bells ringing or Christmas music playing.
  2. Make a sensory bin full of things related to Christmas for them to play in using different measuring cups and spoons to scoop and pour. Ideas for in the bin are colored rice and dry macaroni using red or green food dye. Then place items like little bells, small foil bows, Christmas cookie cutters, little pom poms, little round ornaments, wrapped candy canes, etc for them to find and feel.
  3. Make homemade playdough and let the kids use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out shapes. You can also print a picture of Santa’s face and let the kids put the dough on his face as his beard and mustache or print a picture of Rudolph and make the dough his nose and antlers. A simple recipe for toddlers that is safe if eaten is equal parts salt, flour, and water. Mix together and add more water or flour as needed to get the best consistency. I usually start with ¼ cup of each and mix. You can add food dye if you want it to be colored.
  4. Make a wish list from mailers or magazines. Label the items to work on language and tearing the paper helps with fine motor skills. Your kids can make a wish book for Santa and family!
  5. Including your kiddos in baking Christmas cookies is always a great sensory experience. Letting them pour and mix the dough and then cut out the shapes is lots of fun for little hands! Then after baking, they can help with decorating the cookies and of course eating them!