Cooking with Kids: Age Appropriate Kitchen Skills


Edited by: Stephanie Boron, M.S., CCC-SLP

Information by: Kathy Lord, OTR/L, MS Holistic Nutrition

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?  Our resident Holistic Nutritionist (and OT) Kathy Lord has put together some helpful guidelines for age appropriate kitchen skills for kids of different ages. Use these tips as inspiration to get your kiddo involved in the kitchen! As always, be sure to consider your child’s individual differences and talk with your therapy team to determine what skills may or may not be appropriate for your child. Check our Facebook page for recipes for each age group. Read on for kitchen skills for each age group!

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Symbolic Play Development: Themes


By: Stephanie Boron, M.S., CCC-SLP

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

-Mr. Rogers


For children, development of play goes hand in hand with development across many other areas, including language, motor skills, and social-emotional skills. Symbolic play (i.e., pretend play — use of objects, actions, or ideas to symbolize/represent another object, action, or idea) is an important step, allowing children to become more abstract thinkers, more robust problem solvers, and more flexible and collaborative play partners.

This post is the first in a series that will be devoted to explaining the development of symbolic play. Read on to learn more about the development of symbolic play themes, as well as some ideas for play within each developmental range.

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