Wanted to share my neat idea for toddler


#1

we haven’t let DS watch much TV until recently. now he watches praise baby and baby wordsworth sometimes. it didn’t take long for him to want to watch it very frequently, which just wasn’t ok. so i took pictures of many daily activities and made a picture schedule for him to see what we’re doing now and next. i’m just putting it together today, so i’ll let you know how it goes, but i really think it will help a lot.:smiley:


#2

This is a common therapy for ASD as well (not saying youre needing/there/etc – just where I first saw it, from an occupational therapist working with my friend’s son) – they have a chart for the day, and she puts up pictures of each thing and moves them up and down on the sched as the day requires – that way H always had a good idea of what was coming next and what to expect of his day – I think it’s great for anyone who can’t tell time or can’t really grasp time periods, kwim?


#3

[quote=spacecadet]we haven’t let DS watch much TV until recently. now he watches praise baby and baby wordsworth sometimes. it didn’t take long for him to want to watch it very frequently, which just wasn’t ok. so i took pictures of many daily activities and made a picture schedule for him to see what we’re doing now and next. i’m just putting it together today, so i’ll let you know how it goes, but i really think it will help a lot.:smiley:
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Sounds like a great idea! How old is he? After my husband and I saw our 12 month old staring at the TV with a blank expression we made a rule for him to watch no more than 20 minutes of TV a day (although sometimes hubby and I will watch TV and have him play in the living room with some toys, but he’s engaged with the toys, not mindlessly staring at the screen). I have heard that no child under the age of 2 should watch any TV whatsoever, but I believe this statement was made in part to prevent parents from using the TV as a babysitter for hours on end. We let our son watch Oobi, which is a hand-puppet show, and now he makes his hands “talk” when we make our hands talk to him :slight_smile: All in moderation! It is tempting to sit him in front of Daily Mass on EWTN in the morning while I’m trying to get done in the bathroom, though :smiley:


#4

leaner - i used to have a picture schedule in my K classroom and my kids loved it. i think a lot of interventions that are helpful for learning disabled students actually are great for kids without them too

he is 21 months. we’ve decided to do one dvd when i take a shower and 1 after naptime:). i never have tv on during the day, other than his dvds it stays off until after dinner, and then it is usually sports:)


#5

Wow, those are some great ideas! :slight_smile: What things are you going to put on the schedule?


#6

[quote=spacecadet]leaner - i used to have a picture schedule in my K classroom and my kids loved it. i think a lot of interventions that are helpful for learning disabled students actually are great for kids without them too
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I was going to ask if you had a background in special ed! :slight_smile: That’s great. I’ve always planned to do the same for my toddlers, too. It’s so helpful.


#7

so far i have:
church (we’ve been going to daily mass)
store
car
bath
play
park
walk
read
milk (pic of me nusring him)
bed
smoothie (pic of him with all the ingredients/he helps me make a smoothie every morning after i exercise)
tv

i need to make some more though:)


#8

With one addition: Instead of making a “TV” time every day, I’d make it a “choice” time. Maybe each day you could give him two or three activities to choose from, with TV being just one of them: like putting on some music that you can only stand so much of or pulling out some particularly messy art supplies… things you allow only in limited amounts. That way, he might come to think that it is special recreation, and not TV per se, that has a place on his schedule in the same way as do eating or brushing teeth. As he gets older, this could turn into a privelege time, with the choices being something he could lose by indulging in particularly odious behavior earlier in the day.


#9

ahh good point:thumbsup:

well today it worked well. when he asked to watch TV i pointed out that we had to go out for a while and put the TV card behind the car card…certainly avoided an otherwise fit. he just looked at the cards and said yes


#10

You forgot eat and clean up (as my mother says, start em early). You could also have one for when Daddy comes home, or any regular visitors.

As for tv shows, have you seen Little Einsteins? They incorporate a composer and one or two peices of art into a themed mission. The shows are 20 minutes long on Disney. I have been recording them and giving them to my kiddos to watch during their down time when they can not go out to play.

My 3 year old can now tell you if a peice of music is being played on a violin, chello, flute, trumpet, etc. I had no idea her ears were so in tuned. We have been listening to classical music with the children from day one, but this is something I know she picked up from this show. I failed to mention she is my artist too.

For the really young, I recommend the Baby Einstein series. They are very good and age approprate. If you are not familiar with the series, she started out making these videos then slowly she was being backed and they became more techy. They Disney Bought them and they went through the roof.

For the 3 and up crowd, I love the Leap Frog videos. The letter factory has really solidified my DD’s phonetic sounds and now she is ready to start reading.

And of course the Veggie Tales!

We really do not watch much tv and actually my children behave better when we keep it off except for maybe a quick show or two. If it is a really off day and they watch too much, they are really crabby.


#11

[quote=kp1]We really do not watch much tv and actually my children behave better when we keep it off except for maybe a quick show or two. If it is a really off day and they watch too much, they are really crabby.
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My kids are of the “working dog” variety… they’d usually rather be doing something, and they are very creative about finding it. (It is the getting them to not do things that is the challenge! :wink: )

TV for them is something they’ll do for 1-2 hours straight once in awhile; it isn’t unusual for them to go a week and not watch any. But that is just what worked out for them.


#12

I am also very anti-tv for my children. I abhor that mindless zombie face they have when something is turned on, and they won’t even answer me if I talk to them.

My children might watch a cartoon on tape once or twice a week.

For us this calls for me to be creative in giving them jobs, diving into my motherhood as much as I can and putting my interests and desires aside, reading them stories, teaching them a new simple game, or giving them pretending ideas. Good luck to you. The pictures sound like a great idea.


#13

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