By Samatha Postle, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD & Advisor, The Makeshift Movement
As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I work with students with developmental disabilities across the age range of 3-21. During this pandemic, one thing parents have asked for is ways to keep their children learning, active, and engaged while staying inside. When looking for indoor activities that fits these criteria, immediately cooking comes to mind. I discovered this website called Accessible Chef, which provides visual recipes for children with disabilities, but really, everyone can benefit from visual support!
Cooking is a great way for children to be hands-on in the kitchen! It is a natural reinforcer and very motivating for kids, (you get to eat yummy food!), and it is great for problem solving, sequencing, and language development. One recipe that I have made with my students is dirt cups! Kids love it, and it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients! I hope you enjoy it!
Through his online concerts, Oceanside resident, Jon Rizzo, has raised more than $10,000 for local first responders! How’s he doing it? His weekly show, Sunday Night Live, is open to all on Facebook or Instagram. Audience members can choose to send in donations, which Jon then uses to:
John speaks on his fundraiser:
Every Sunday night when I do my live show, “Sunday Night Live” I will be accepting donations to support our local businesses and hometown heroes...
If and ONLY IF you can afford to, I will offer the opportunity to make a small donation to raise money towards hot food, gift cards and supplies for our hospital workers and first responders.
I will choose some of our hometown bars/restaurants each week to give money to.
In return, they will deliver the food or gift cards to the offices or hospitals that are picked, selected from the doctors, nurses, and first responders who are joining us during our live session...
In addition I will be sending donation checks to local hospitals for PPE to keep their staff safe.
In doing this, we will help keep our local businesses alive, while taking care of our friends and family on the front lines.
While we practice ways of “Staying Connected” - here are some helpful and interactive tools to engage your children in Prevention Education as it pertains to substance abuse, during times of social distancing and beyond.