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Welcome Back Summer!

It’s summer time again at Speech Start and we have a lot happening! Our summer schedules begin the week of June 30th; your therapist will be calling to confirm your schedule. We are excited to begin our social groups again. We have groups for different ages, please call if you’d like more information! We are excited to be working with our friends at Small Factory in Fair Haven again. They are holding a variety of camps for different ages. We will also be holding a social skills group there as well. Please call for more information. We are looking forward to another fun filled summer with you!

Another autism/sensory-friendly field trip!

A live theater experience is a great experience for children. The Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting an autism/sensory-friendly performance of “Stone Soup” and other stories on April 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM. This is a great opportunity for a field trip for grades 1-4 and beyond! Some key features of the performance are dimmed house lights, lowered and consistent volume, freedom to leave seats, a calming corner, BYO snacks and drinks, and more! For more  information call (973) 315-1680.

Autism/Sensory Friendly Field TripTheater Experience!

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The Paper Mill Playhouse is hosting an Autism/Sensory friendly performance of Little Red Riding Hood. This is a fantastic opportunity for children with special needs to attend a live theater performance.  The accommodations include house lights dimmed, consistent sound level at a lower volume, and freedom to talk and leave your seat. The performance is scheduled for Thursday March 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM. More information can be found by visiting PaperMill.org or by calling group sales at (973) 315-1680.

 

 

Valenties Day Group Snacks!

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apple heart snack

Happy Valentines Day!

During our group this week the theme was all about valentines, so we made a healthy snack and a sweet treat for the students to enjoy!

Apple and Strawberry Hearts:

Tools: heart shaped cookie cutter, knife

Ingredients: apples, strawberries, peanut butter, chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. cut your apple into thick round slices
  2. take the heart shaped cookie cutter and press into the apple until a heart shaped piece comes out
  3. spread some peanut butter in the center of your heart apple
  4. take a strawberry and cut it in half, place the flat side facing down on the peanut butter
  5. (optional) take some mini chocolate chips and place them around your strawberry on the excess peanut butter

Cupid Floats:

Tools: ice-cream scoop, long straws, spoons, cups

Ingredients: cherry 7up, vanilla ice-cream, whipped cream, cherries or strawberries

Directions:

  1. Start with 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice-cream in your cup
  2. pour cherry 7up until the ice-cream is covered
  3. top with whipped cream and cherry or strawberries

Each of the student had a part in making their snacks. One student poured the soda, while one scooped the ice-cream, and another topped with whipped cream and fruit. We encourage turn taking and helping others during all of our group activities!

Group Activities: Hamburger Cookies!

hamburger cookie snack

 

During this group session we made hamburger .. cookies! This is sweet treat that is easy to make at home.

Ingredients: vanilla wafers, chocolate covered cookie, coconut flakes, green food coloring, red and yellow frosting.

Directions:

  1. put coconut flakes in a plastic bag with a few drops of green food coloring. Shake together until all the coconut flakes are green (this is going to be the lettuce for your burger).
  2. Put a small amount of frosting on the flat side of a wafer cookie and place the chocolate covered cookie on top.
  3. Smear one side of the chocolate covered cookie with yellow frosting and the other side with red frosting (ketchup and mustard).
  4. Sprinkle the green coconut flakes on top of the frosting.
  5. Finally, place another wafer cookie of the top to complete your hamburger!

The kids loved these mini burger cookies, we hope yours do too!