5 FUN Water Activities!

Now that it is summer time, make play FUN with water! So many things to talk about and lots of fun to be had outside. Try these ideas from No Time For Flash Cards and let us know what you think!

Color Mixing Activity!

Color Mixing Activity!


Posted by on July 22nd, 2014 Comments Off on 5 FUN Water Activities!


Auditory Training Programs

Check out these Auditory Training programs all kinds! Auditory Training programs helps those with hearing loss and cochlear implants in working on their language discrimination skills as well as their comprehension skills. Listed below are auditory training  programs, computer related programs, and web-based programs. With so many opportunities available, everyone can receive therapy!

ASIPS _ Auditory Skills Instructional Planning System
Post Office Box 82289
Portland, OR 97282
Phone: 503-653-2614

CASLLS – Cottage Acquisition Scales for Listening, Language & Speech
Sunshine Cottage103 Tuleta Drive
San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: 210-824-0579 ext. 244 or TTY/ 824-5563

CHATS, the Miami Cochlear Implant, Auditory & Tactile Skills Curriculum
Intelligent Hearing Systems
7356 S.W. 48th Street
Miami, FL 33155
Toll free: 800-447-9783
Phone: 305-668-6102

DASL II _ Developmental Approach to Successful Listening II


Cochlear Corporation
400 Inverness Drive South, Suite 400
Englewood Colorado 80112
Toll free: 800-523-5798
Phone: 303-790-9010

SPICE _ Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation
CID Publications
4560 Clayton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Toll free: 877-444-4574 (ext. 133)

Computer Related

Visi-Pitch III
Kay Elemetrics Corp.
2 Bridgewater Lane
Lincoln Park, NJ 07035
Phone: 973-628-6200

This device is only good for use with children who have useable vision. This is a device that provides visual feedback to sounds the child produces, but it can aid the child in paying attention to speech sounds.

Earobics Software (Home version and Specialist/Clinician versions)
Cognitive Concepts
990 Grove Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Toll free: 888-328-8199

This device is only good for use with children who have useable vision. This software has games and activities to work on higher level auditory training skills.

Reader Rabbit
Riverdeep – The Learning Company, Inc.
399 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-778-7600

This device is only good for use with children who have useable vision. This software has games and activities to work on higher level auditory training skills.


Here are resources for practicing listening skills. The one I have been using most is Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Labs. If I am missing anything, add it to the comments or contact me. You can also search for more read aloud stories, read along stories, and listening practice.

Podcasting’s popularity has led to a boom in free audio files for downloading and syndicating. However, these are usually home-produced and may not be the best quality and speakers may talk too fast. If a specific subject or hobby interests you, then it can be a way to practicing listening to something you love and recognizing terms. Robin Good’s Lastest News has a long list of places for finding and submitting podcasts.

Aeosops Fables

Assistive Media

Audio (children’s) Stories

Basic English Class Listening Practice Page

The English Listening Lounge

Grimm Fairy Tales


Medline Plus: Interactive Health Tutorials

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Labs

Read Along Adventures

Read along stories

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

RIF Reading Planet: Read aloud stories

Speech Accent Archive

Story Nory

Story Plus

Tellitagain Children’s Stories

Web Sites for Independent Listening Practice

White House speeches on the radio

Posted by on July 21st, 2014 Comments Off on Auditory Training Programs


6 “Smelly” Activities for Kids!

Try these fun smelling activities with your kids this summer! Have the kids use your senses to describe what they smell and talk about and discuss the end result! These fun activities are from Scholastic.com! Gather your kids and see if they can pass the “smell” test!!

Smell and Go Seek
Test your kids’ power of odor detection by spraying a washable object, like a clean sock or towel, with a strong scent (perfume or room deodorizer works well). While your child closes her eyes and counts to 20, quickly hide the sock in the room—and see how long it takes her to find it by using her nose as her guide. For an extra challenge, blindfold your child, guide her around the house, then see if she can tell where she is just by the smells in the air. Since our noses quickly grow accustomed to familiar odors, she’ll have to pay close attention to discern the lingering scent of spaghetti that tells her she’s in the kitchen, or the hint of detergent that says laundry room.

Blind Taste Test
To make the point that your sense of smell is closely linked to your sense of taste, try an old-fashioned taste-test as a mini-science experiment. Blindfold your child, have him plug his nose, then see if he can taste the difference between foods with similar textures. Try apples vs. raw potatoes, orange soda vs. lemon-lime, banana yogurt vs. strawberry, purple jelly beans vs. green. Keep track of his guesses as you go. Then have him take a stab at identifying the flavors simply by smelling them. Which was easier? Did he get more right by taste or by smell? How does our ability to smell things affect our ability to taste them? The takeaway: Without a sense of smell, everything would taste pretty much the same — one reason it’s no fun to eat when your nose is stuffed up.

Smell Matcher
Make a Memory-style card game that relies on your child’s sense of smell. On 3×5 index cards or pieces of cardstock, swab on a thin patch of white glue. While it’s still wet, sprinkle on a powdered herb or spice, such as cinnamon, pepper, or the more exotic coriander or Spanish paprika. Each spice should appear on two cards, with at least twelve cards total. To play the game like Memory, shuffle the cards and lay them upside down — then challenge your child to find the matches. Although appearance will offer a clue, make sure you smell each card. (Don’t be surprised if your child comments on the presence of basil or oregano in your next meal!)

Scent Scrapbook
Studies have shown that your sense of smell can enhance your working memory and evoke long-ago experiences — one reason a whiff of bonfire smoke instantly transports you to your childhood summer camps, or cinnamon rolls make you think of your grandmother. Play up that memory power by helping your kid create a scent scrapbook. Talk about the smells that remind her of happy times and beloved people — like the waxy new crayon smell that makes her think of preschool, or the scent of strawberries that reminds her of her favorite snack. Afterward, use a small notebook to create your own scratch-and-sniff scrapbook by spritzing on a perfume or essential oil, gluing on bits of spice, or attaching plastic bags with small bits of the item (like a handful of backyard dirt). After a bad day, inhaling some of her favorite smells can instantly boost your child’s mood.

DIY Stink Bomb
Kids love this one! For the old-fashioned method, use a long needle to prick a hole in an egg. Place it in a ventilated container — like a shoebox with holes punched in it — and wait. Within a couple weeks, bacteria will have broken down the egg’s protein, producing the hydrogen sulfide that creates the classic (and awful!) smell. Release the horrible odor by breaking the egg; just make sure to do it somewhere outside, far away from houses and humans who’ll be stuck smelling it!

Hound Dogs
Know why dogs have such an acute sense of smell? They have between 125 and 200 million olfactory receptors — the cells that detect scents — compared to the 5 million that humans generally have. To see how sharp your little bloodhounds’ noses are, fill a few small lidded jars with different strong scents — a cotton ball soaked in perfume, a 1/4 cup of vinegar, some vanilla, and so on. With your kids standing about 15 feet away, remove the lid from a jar and see who can identify the scent first. Playing around with the variables by diluting the vinegar, moving your kids farther away, or doing the experiment outside can provide different results and lead to some interesting discussion. May the best snout win!

Posted by on July 17th, 2014 Comments Off on 6 “Smelly” Activities for Kids!


Benefits of Board Games!

Playing board games with your kids can be a great way to spend time together – and learn at the same time!

Scholastic.com shares the benefits of board games and some to choose from, below:

What your child most wants — and needs — is to be with you with no goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. He wants you to take pleasure in him, play with him, and listen to him. Nothing bolsters his self-esteem more! So why not pull out an old board game tonight? Playing games is an easy and excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together. As an added bonus, board games are also rich in learning opportunities. They satisfy your child’s competitive urges and the desire to master new skills and concepts, such as:

  • number and shape recognition, grouping, and counting
  • letter recognition and reading
  • visual perception and color recognition
  • eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity

Games don’t need to be overtly academic to be educational, however. Just by virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child’s attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game. Even simple board games like Chutes and Ladders offer meta-messages and life skills: Your luck can change in an instant — for the better or for the worse. The message inherent in board games is: Never give up. Just when you feel despondent, you might hit the jackpot and ascend up high, if you stay in the game for just a few more moves.

Board games have distinct boundaries. Living in a complex society, children need clear limits to feel safe. By circumscribing the playing field — much as tennis courts and football fields will do later — board games can help your child weave her wild and erratic side into a more organized, mature, and socially acceptable personality. After all, staying within the boundaries (not intruding on others’ space, for example) is crucial to leading a successful social and academic life.

Some board games Scholastic.com suggests to play with your kids are and their prices on Amazon:

Posted by on July 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Benefits of Board Games!


Games that Include Physical Activity

With all this nice weather, it is time to get outside and play! Check out these games from Livestrong.com! Outdoor games are a positive way to encourage physical movement! Make the games exciting and GET MOVING!

Tag — You’re It!
There are countless variations of the game “tag” with the same basic concept, where one person person is “It” and chases players until he tags someone else to be “It.” Freeze tag operates the same way but when tagged that person becomes frozen and must be “melted” by another player crawling through their legs. During TV tag, when “It” is coming for you, the player ducks down and yells out a favorite show before they are tagged.
Red Light Green Light
Players line up in a straight line and the traffic light caller stands across the room or field from them. The caller yells out “Green light!” which signals players to rush toward the caller as fast as they can. “Yellow light!” means players proceed slowly and “Red light!” means players freeze. Players that do not follow directions instantly must go back to the starting line, and the first person to reach the caller becomes the caller for the next round.

Ship Captain
The captain calls directions to the other players, who are “out” if they do not listen or are the last to follow the direction. The directions include running to the front, back, left, or right sides of the ship (called out “bow,” “stern,” “port,” or “starboard,” respectively). “Scrub the deck” means players must be on their knees scrubbing the floor. “Row the boat” means players face a partner and pretend to row (any not paired are out). And “Three Men in a Boat” means players form groups of three and sing “Row Row Row the Boat.” Other directions include “Hit the deck,” where players lay down on their stomachs, “Shark!” where players run to a safe spot, and “Sick turtle” where players lay on their backs with legs in the air.

Relay Races
Three-legged races, potato sack races, and leap frog races are very fun games for children. Other popular race options include wheelbarrow races, crab walk, bear walk, backwards, obstacle courses, and balancing egg races. They should be a shorter distance for younger children and a longer distance for those that are older. Be sure to pair teams so all teams have children that are of mixed athletic ability in order to make the game fun and fair for everyone.

Posted by on July 14th, 2014 Comments Off on Games that Include Physical Activity


Make Math Games Fun!

Thanks again to the Nurture Store, there are plenty of ways to make math fun! Yes, FUN! Especially over the summer, we like to see kids having fun and learning at the same time! Check out some of these fun math game ideas using stamping patterns and more!

Also check out the Nurture Store on Pinterest HERE! Enjoy!

Posted by on July 10th, 2014 Comments Off on Make Math Games Fun!


Outdoor Play for Toddlers!

The Nurture Store puts it perfectly, “Everyone’s life is better when you spend some time outdoors each day and for toddlers the backyard or local park can be such a place of discovery.” Toddlers are like sponges! They soak up everything you tell them and are learning and expanding their receptive vocabulary at a very fast pace! Try some of these fun outdoor actives with your toddler today! Thanks again to the Nurture Store for activities like these that help toddlers learn through play!

You can even download the FREE NurtureStore app today! Let us know what you think and have a great day!

Posted by on July 9th, 2014 Comments Off on Outdoor Play for Toddlers!


Sensory Time for Toddlers!

Sometimes on those less sunny days, or just when you are looking for an activity to do, sensory activities are the way to go. The Nurture Store has incredible ideas for fun sensory play ideas with toddlers! Try some of these AWESOME indoor sensory activities with your toddlers and let us know what you think!!


Posted by on July 7th, 2014 Comments Off on Sensory Time for Toddlers!


Find an Autism Support Group!

Need someone to talk to? Need to find some support? Do you have questions for other parents or professionals? Check out one of the links below to find an autism support group that best fits your needs!

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 Comments Off on Find an Autism Support Group!


Fourth of July Crafts!

Looking for crafts to do with your kids this 4th of July? Click HERE for 30 red, white, and bus craft ideas for your family. Have fun with the family until the fireworks start!! Here are some of the ideas below:

Magazine American Flag

Magazine American Flag

Paint Sticks and Buttons Craft

Paint Sticks and Buttons Craft

Hand Print Craft

Hand Print Craft

Posted by on July 2nd, 2014 Comments Off on Fourth of July Crafts!