THINK BIG. HAVE HEART. BE BRAVE.
Inspired by the classic children’s story The Wizard of Oz , Emerald City Therapies helps children of Ellis County discover the tools they need to access and engage the world around them. Sometimes, for parents and children alike, gathering knowledge, holding your heart close and mustering the courage to journey down their own unique road (yellow tinged if you will) can be lonely and daunting tasks. Emerald City Therapies’ highly qualified staff can assist families with identifying the unique needs of their child and develop a customized roadmap that fosters positive outcomes for all.
Demands of the 21st century have left our children with shortened attention spans, reduced explorative play times, and unhampered emotions. These changes, combined with the rigor of school curriculum, increase the chances of a child developing gaps in foundational skills needed to be a successful student and adult. When children miss these critical developmental milestones it can often lead to undesirable behaviors, difficulties in school, and disruptions in a family’s well being. What can you do to ensure your child is on the yellow brick road to success?
Begin by sticking to a daily routine so your child knows what to expect throughout the day. This also helps your child organize information making it easier to recall facts from the day in the order of occurrences. For some families it can be a loose schedule such as consistent meal times but for others a visual schedule may be beneficial.
Have conversations about your daily activities. Describe what you are doing, how you are feeling, and define unfamiliar vocabulary. For younger children, make up songs to familiar tunes to describe activities such as bath time or getting dressed.
Provide a variety of reading materials for your child. Higher level books are perfect for a cuddle on the couch with a loved one and exposure to descriptive vocabulary while lower level books allow a child to build confidence as a reader.
Allow your child the freedom to safely explore indoor and outdoor environments. Simple household chores encourage eye hand coordination and fine motor skills. Outdoor play activates sensory sys ems and contributes to cognitive and social emotional growth.
When tips and tricks don’t seem to be enough Emerald City Therapies can provide your child the latest in evaluation, treatment and academic achievement programs. We offer speech therapy, occupational therapy, dyslexia therapy and academic support specific to your child’s needs. Our services are more than assessment and evidence based practices. We provide compassion, encouragement, advocacy and education to each child and caregiver that walks through our doors.
Now more than ever parents need flexibility in service delivery. That’s why we offer a variety of options including parent coaching, face-to-face therapy and tutoring, and virtual services. Be sure to visit our website for more details on services we offer at www.emeraldcitytherapies.com or find us on Facebook. Let us help you and your child pave the road to success one yellow brick at a time.