Child Development

Core Strength in Young Children

A PSD physical therapist shares the importance of core strength in children and how core strength can affect your child’s ability to do many things, including balance, climbing/walking, and even affect their performance and behavior in the classroom. The therapist shares activities that families can use at home with their babies and young children to help develop their core strength, including games and activities that toddlers and preschoolers can play to maintain their core strength and balance. 

Establishing Structure at Home using Visual Schedule

A Behavior Support Specialist introduces the benefits of establishing a consistent routine and structure at home and discusses how to develop a visual schedule for your child.

Let’s Get Moving

Health and Physical Education teachers at PSD share ideas and tips on how to keep your child active at home, using common household items. The teachers also discuss the benefits of keeping children active at home and why staying active (especially during COVID19) is important. This video includes two suggested games to play at home, along with a “how to” demonstration of each game at the end of the video!

 Seek, Find, and Create: A Nature Walk

The Art teacher at PSD introduces the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and discusses how that artist uses materials from nature to create sculptures and art. In this video, the teacher shares several art concepts, based on Andy Goldsworthy’s work, how it applies to learning and creating in the classroom and within one’s daily routine. A fun, simple and creative art activity is introduced and the benefits of this activity are discussed. Finally, families are encouraged to participate in this activity at home and share their creations with us! 

Starting Early: A Conversation About Bodies

A PSD counselor and educators discusses the importance of starting a conversation early with your deaf/hard of hearing child about their bodies, privacy and safety. A #whyisign video is referenced to during this video. At the end of the video, some basic body parts signs will be taught!

Supporting Emotional Literacy: Let’s Talk About Our Feelings

A PSD counselor and movement therapist discusses emotional literacy: why identifying and validating your/your child’s feelings and emotions are important and how emotional literacy can affect behavior, academic success, and relationships.  Tips and strategies on how to identify and label feelings and how to include emotional literacy in your daily routine at home will be shared. 20 ASL signs for various feelings and emotions are included!