Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

 Dear Summer, why must you leave so soon?

 

Our family had a wonderful summer with fantastic weather and I am truly saddened to see the season go. The days are getting shorter, leaves are beginning to fall,  and you can feel the crispness in the air.  I am excited about fall fashion, but I am not looking forward to pumpkin-flavored everything that will soon ensue.

 

As sad as I am to see summer slip away, I do enjoy all of the fall-themed activities that will follow.  This is the time of year when I like to enhance language skills by teaching concepts while engaging in outdoor and indoor activities.  Therapy sessions get a creative autumn-themed makeover.  

 

Parents, you can use this time of year to boost developing language skills.   Take a walk outside, a trip to the park, or maybe a drive down the freeway.  Talk about how the leaves are changing colors and collect the ones that have fallen to the ground.  Touch and feel the leaves and use words to describe what you feel.  Plan on going apple picking?  Well apple-inspired activities are endless.  You can talk about the many colors that apples can be.  Cut them open and count the seeds. Make green apple Play-Doh using this easy recipe from PlayDough to Plato.  You only need 2 ingredients, 15 minutes, and a desire to have fun.  

 

If you are a pumpkin lover, try your hand at these 5 senses fall Play-Doh ideas from One Time Through.  Use your sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing while creating Play-Doh concoctions that are sure to excite!  These activities will help enhance your child’s ability to follow directions, take turns, and improve his vocabulary sequencing skills just to name a few. For more fall ideas check out my boards on Pinterest.

 

Happy Fall!

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