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Free Storytime Event at the JD McCarty Center on 5/18/13

The J.D. McCarty Center is offering a FREE storytime event for children in the community to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month.

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This event will feature a story, children’s yoga, a creative snack & a cooperative play activity. Come let your imagination run wild! The center’s Speech-Language Pathology department is hosting the event.

FREE storytime event for kids in Pre-K to 2nd grade featuring the book “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis. It is an inclusive event open to kids of all abilities.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071

Printable PDF Flier: JDMC Not a Box Free Storytime Event for BHSM 5-18-13

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register early limited spotsLimited spots are available, so register early! To sign up, call Tiffany Sullivan at (405) 573-5336 or e-mail tsullivan@jdmc.org by May 13, 2013.

{Review & Thanks} Therapeutic uses for Bumpidoodle cushions

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Huge “thanks” to bumpidoodle for their generous donation of 11 of their floor cushions to the Jd McCarty Center for Children With Developmental Disabilities! They sent two of each of the following: Dillon Dog, Ellie Elephant, Leonard Lion, Mason Monkey & Parker Pig plus one Olive Owl. The JD McCarty Center, where I work full time as a SLP, is a non-profit pediatric rehab hospital for kids ages 0-21 years with developmental disabilities. Budgets are usually tight so we really appreciate donations of items that can help our kids!

We look forward to using these in our adapted Storytime Group, OMazing Kids yoga, OT/PT/SLP therapy sessions, as a special “thinking” spot for kids to take a break, etc…. I will be adding more pics to this album on Facebook:

click pic to go to bumpidoodle album on the OMazing Kids Facebook page

Here’s how I have used my Bumpidoodle cushion along with an  “I am feeling…. I will…..” visual support to assist kids in telling how they are feeling and to help them learn self-calming strategies:

Many of the kids I work with have severe behavioral and self-regulation issues and having a Bumpidoodle cushion recently worked wonders with one of my 6 year old inpatients who has a TBI as a result of severe physical abuse. He learned how to take a break & choose a self-calming activity (his faves are deep breaths/blow away the “grumpies”, squeezing a sensory ball & hugging a pillow). A huge breakthrough was when he was able to also show me where he was on a behavior thermometer & let me know when he was ready continue working. The smile on his face was priceless & it made my heart smile to see him experience the power of self-regulation. ♥

  • A large Bumpidoodle Olive Owl floor cushion (Owl’s Thinking Spot) was placed in the corner of the room along with the “I am feeling…. I will…..” visual support, squeeze balls & a pillow. The feeling cards and self-calming choices were customized to fit this child’s interests, developmental level & needs.

visual support + bumpidoodle

I love the Olive Owl Bumpidoodle for the following reasons:

  • calming blue color
  • soft cozy texture
  • the tie-in with the concept of owls thinking and making wise choices
  • Since it is unlike any cushion or beanbag chair a child has seen before, it is novel and doesn’t come with any previous feelings or experiences attached to it.
  • It also has a removeable cover that is machine-washable and is easier to get in/out of than a beanbag chair.
  • Since the cover is removeable, you could also add extra “fluff” or even beanbag filling if you wanted to change how much support it gives as a seating option.

I got a great deal on mine in the clearance section at Target (only $14.98) but have also seen them on Amazon.com.

  • I introduce the visual support & the Owl’s Thinking Spot during sessions where they are exhibiting a good mood & positive behavior. This “pre-teaching is critical”. None of us learn something new very well in the middle of stress or a behavior meltdown.
  • During the “pre-teaching” sessions, this child verbalized interest in these items (“cool”, “I like that”).
  • During subsequent sessions, the child said “I need a break”, sat down on “Owl’s Thinking Spot” and looked through the emotion pictures. He usually chose “mad” or “frustrated” and then on his own chose what he wanted to do about it (usually chose “squeeze a ball”, “hug a pillow” and/or “take deep breaths”). After a brief break he usually said “I’m ready” or “I’m ok now” and returned to the therapy table to continue working.
  • This special “thinking spot” should be talked about in a positive manner and never used as a punishment or as “time out”. The child should be praised for successfully taking a break & using self-calming strategies. Refrain from asking the child “why” they are feeling a particular emotion (“why” questions are really difficult & during a meltdown is not the time to ask this). Instead, allow them time to express how they are feeling and to pick what they would like to “do” as a self-calming activity.

Have Boardmaker? Get a copy of the visual support on my page on Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Activity/1817562/Behavior-Thermometer-I-am-feeling-I-will-with-f. Then you will be able to customize it to meet your kids individual needs. This is a visual support I made many years ago for a Social Skills summer camp we did at JDMC. Many of the kids at that camp had Asperger’s and liked very detailed & specific language. So that’s why there are so many feeling choices. But that many choices was too many for the 6 year old I described above. After a few sessions of getting to know him, we started with 10 feeling choices. Some kids may need to start with even less than that. You can always add more as you teach them.

Don’t have Boardmaker? Here is a PDF of the simplified version of this visual support: Behavior Thermometer, I am feeling…. I will…… with feelings and self-calming choices (with kids yoga & Bumpidoodle cushion)

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities (http://www.jdmc.org/)

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

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Registration is open for the 2013 Camp ClapHans Summer Camp @ JDMC

Summer 2013 Camp ClapHans at JDMC

Registration is now open for the new Camp ClapHans Summer Camp for kids ages 8-16 with special needs starting this summer at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma!

Camp ClapHans is a series of five-day overnight camp sessions for children with special needs. 2013 camp dates are:

  • June 9 – June 14: “Dances with Campers” Serving children with a diagnosis of ADHD.
  • June 16 – June 21: “Tales and Legends” Serving children with a physical disability.
  • June 23 – June 28: “Voices of the Wind” Serving children who use alternative methods to communicate.
  • July 7 – July 12: “Heart of the Wild” Serving children with a diagnosis of autism or intellectual disabilities.
  • July 14 – July 19: “Beat of a Different Drum” Serving children with sensory issues.
  • July 21 – July 26: “Spirit of the Harvest” Serving children with feeding disorders and aversions.

Each session begins Sunday afternoon and ends Friday afternoon. Camp sessions are limited to 12 campers.

The camp is located at the J.D. McCarty Center next to an 11-acre lake in Norman, Oklahoma. It features two cabins and an activities building. Campers and counselors will sleep in large, wheelchair accessible, climate controlled cabins. Each camper will be assigned to a counselor with a camper/counselor ratio of 1-to-1. Campers’ medical needs will be overseen by nurses and an on-call physician.

Campers will have the chance to try activities such as:

  • Horseback riding
  • Yoga  (I am scheduled to teach OMazing Kids yoga classes on Thursdays & Fridays of each camp session)
  • Archery
  • Arts and crafts
  • Swimming
  • Challenge course
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Other activities include campfires for storytelling, dutch oven cooking and s’mores. We also have movie nights and stargazing.

In addition, Camp ClapHans will focus on social skills. Campers will get the chance to learn and practice successful social interactions with peers in small and large groups. These activities will include initiating conversations, taking turns, social boundaries and practicing courtesy.

Registration info, scholarship info & forms:

2013 Camp ClapHans Catalog & Registration Forms

For more information, contact Camp Director Megan Stanek at (405) 307-2814 or at mstanek@jdmc.org. For information on volunteering at the camp, contact Jennifer Giamelle at (405) 573-5342 or at jgiamelle@jdmc.org

Camp ClapHans website: http://www.campclaphans.com/ (currently under construction)

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities (http://www.jdmc.org/)
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
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Blog: https://omazingkidsllc.com/

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, trainings, online trainings, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

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Inclusive OMazing Kids Yoga Classes at JDMC – Winter 2012-13

 

We are excited to be offering Inclusive Kids Yoga Classes at the JD McCarty Center this Winter!

We will continue to practice fun basic yoga poses, breathing exercises & relaxation techniques and will use creative expression, games, books, music, positive affirmations and storytelling to promote:

• Strength, flexibility, balance

• Concentration, focus and attention

• Inner strength and body awareness

• Confidence and self-esteem

• Relaxation and self-control

• Feeling of well-being and respect for others

Here is the Winter 2012-13 Registration Form:

https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/winter-2012-13-inclusive-kids-yoga-classes-at-jdmc-registration-form.pdf  (1-page PDF)

(FYI – Here is a website that allows you to fill out a PDF form online for free without having to download any software. First save the Inclusive Kids Yoga Registration form to your computer. Then go to this website: http://www.fillanypdf.com/. Click the red “open form” button to load the form from your computer. Fill out the form using the checkmark & text tools at the top of the page. Then click “Done”, then “OK”, then “Download”. Save the “filled” form under a different name on your computer & print.)

A 3-class series of inclusive yoga classes for kids of all abilities, ages 4-8 years. All yoga poses and activities will be developmentally appropriate and can be modified to meet individual physical, sensory and special needs. Eco-friendly, kid-sized yoga mats will be provided during the class. Props and visual supports will be used as needed. Limited spots are available so register early!

The 1st Monday of each month at 4:00-4:30pm at the JD McCarty Center, 2002 East Robinson Street, Norman, OK 73071

  • December 3, 2012 (registration deadline: 11/28/12)
  • January 7, 2013 (registration deadline: 1/2/13)
  •  February 4, 2013 (registration deadline: 1/30/13)

Registration Fee:

$7.00 per child per class. If registering for more than one class, please make out a separate check for each class.

  • Make checks payable to “J.D. McCarty Center”.
  • Payment must be submitted with the registration form.
  • Put “Attn: Angela Moorad” on the envelope.

Please complete and sign all portions of the Registration Form, attach payment and return it to:

J.D. McCarty Center

Attn: Angela Moorad

2002 East Robinson Street

Norman, OK 73071

Registration forms with attached payment may be returned via mail or in person and must be received no later than 5:00pm on the day of the registration deadline.

At least 7 children must be registered in order for the center to offer each of the classes at this affordable rate.  A limited number of spots are available in each class series so register early!

 JD McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson Street, Norman, OK 73071
 
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2  
Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center (www.jdmc.org)
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
E-Mail: amoorad@jdmc.org (can Cc my home e-mail to insure I get the message: amoorad1@juno.com)
(405) 307-2802 – direct line with voicemail

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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OMazing Kids Yoga at the JD McCarty Center in Spry Living Magazine

Wow! Imagine my surprise to be reading the daily Google Alert for “kids yoga” and see my name. Totally humbled that they would publish this. The picture is of two of our inpatients, Maria Bratton a fellow SLP who helps lead our therapeutic yoga group & me:

Here is the link to the article in Spry Living online: http://www.spryliving.com/articles/vip-sharing-yoga-benefits-with-kids/

(PS. While they did get a couple of the facts a little off, including my age, it is true that I don’t do much yoga personally….. mainly the breathing & some gently poses. It’s what works for me & my busy schedule 🙂 )

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma (http://www.jdmc.org/)

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

 

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Apple Farmer Annie: Seed to Farmers’ Market Kids Yoga Lesson Plan

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Apple Farmer Annie” by Monica Wellington is a new addition to my OMazing Kids collection of “Fall Faves”.

The vivid fall colors, cute illustrations & large text make this a fun read. In the fall, Annie picks her apples, and sorts and organizes them. Some she turns into applesauce, apple muffins, apple pie, apple cake, and cider. The best she saves to sell at the market. Happily, she sells everything and returns home to rest, read, and, of course, eat an apple. I bought my copy on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Farmer-Annie-Monica-Wellington/dp/0142401242. I also purchased a used copy of the bilingual edition: Ana Cultiva Manzanas / Apple Farmer Annie: A Bilingual Edition in Spanish and English.

 

The book has the following opportunities for yoga poses & breathing:

  • sun breath & stretch (http://wp.me/p1t7TU-1T , includes link to a video clip & free sun printables)
  • seed (child’s pose)
  • apple tree
  • orchard of trees partner pose
  • apple blossoms (flower pose)
  • buzzing bee breath
  • apple picking stretch (crescent moon, ask kids what color apples they want to pick)
  • basket ( cobbler’s pose)
  • sort the apples (toe-ga game with red, green & yellow pom-poms. pick up with toes & sort into small baskets – for more about “toe-ga” see this great post on Yoga in My School: http://yogainmyschool.com/2012/09/04/toe-ga-kids-yoga-sorting-game/)
  • slice the apples (woodchopper pose)
  • pour the apple cider (triangle pose)
  • stir-the-pot
  • cookbook (cobbler’s pose, then open & close legs like turning pages in a cookbook)
  • roll out the pie dough (lay on belly & kids choose if they want their arms, legs or back rolled out with a pool noodle “rolling pin” or a real rolling pin – be mindful of kid’s sensory needs and always ask their permission before touching. Some kids may prefer to roll out their own arms or legs with the pool noodle)
  • pie (seated angle pose)
  • oven (seated forward fold, legs are the oven rack & lean forward towards toes as you “close the oven door”)
  • tick-tock-toes timer (point-flex feet while saying “tick tock” as the pie “cooks” on your oven)
  • smell & “mmm” breath
  • load the truck (seated twist to pass the apple basket)
  • drive the truck (use pool noodle “steering wheel” for added fun – see pic in this Facebook album: http://tinyurl.com/9897x7h)
  • bridge
  • boat
  • table (have an empty aluminum pie tin to place on the kids “table” for added fun & to encourage holding the pose steady)
  • crescent moon
  • yawn & stretch
  • reclined belly breathing with small apple basket on belly
  • star savasana

See some pics from our Inclusive Kids Yoga Class in this album on the OMazing Kids Facebook page:

Playlist: Please be mindful of kids individual sensory needs when using music in a group setting (http://omazingkidsyoga.com/music/) 🙂

Update 9/16/13: check out this fun Apple Tree action song from The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc.: http://youtu.be/U2ztJjUcqSA

Update 9/16/13: Add a mindful tasting activity with the awesome book “No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully” by Sara Marlowe (Note: it’s important to know about any food allergies or dietary restrictions before using food in kids yoga).

See book trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqxrEoLi2xY

It would also be fun to incorporate a mindfulness activity with my vintage Fisher Price Happy Apple chime toy! One idea would be shake it and listen for the chime to stop (similar to the chime bar activity). If I have a group of kids that are pretty calm and I feel I can trust not to throw it, I may even do a walking mindfulness walking activity (walking carefully with the intent of not making it chime). Even just as an apple “story prop”, my beloved Happy Apple is definitely coming along when I read this book (it makes me smile just to look at it & the chime sound is beautiful…… wish they still made this toy 🙂 ). If you are curious about what is inside a “Happy Apple”, check out this post: http://carolynkephart.blogspot.com/2011/09/at-core-of-happy-apple.html.

http://soundcloud.com/omazing-kids-yoga/happy-apple-vintage-fisher

Free printable Apple Farmer Annie: Seed to Farmers’ Market Kids Yoga Sequence (5 poses with small pics to color for each):

Apple Farmer Annie – seed to farmers market kids yoga sequence by OMazing Kids – 1 page PDF.

(The cute stick figure yoga pose pics are available on: http://media.freeola.com/other/6271/freeyogaasanastickfigures.pdf. 🙂 )

See the entire book on this Youtube video from ChildcareLand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwDo_70HbPc

This SLP website has a great free adapted Apple Farmer Annie interactive book that includes symbols, an adapted picture recipe, apple bingo game boards & more: http://www.4gaslps.com/AppleAnnie.doc . Lots of other great adapted fall items: http://www.4gaslps.com/Autumn_page.html 

Looking for more fall activities & ideas? Check out this updated blog post. I have added several new things for 2012: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2011/09/24/happy-fall-fun-fall-books-activities/

Join in on a discussion about fun fall kids yoga ideas on the OMazing Kids Facebook page:

Extend the apple theme with “10 Apples Up on Top” by Dr. Seuss. See this blog for free printable story props:

http://chapelhillsnippets.blogspot.com/2012/08/10-apples-up-on-top-printables.html

Even more apple stuff on this website: http://web.archive.org/web/20050113090219/http://home.att.net/~elteach/appleseed.html

A cool apple tree life cycle animation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chNwmpqSa78

UPDATE – 9/3/13: Fun construction paper apple craft: http://hubpages.com/hub/Fall-Preschool-Apple-Craft-Ideas#PhotoSwipe137780056

Love how each child’s apple ended up being unique! (from our Inpatient Adapted Yoga Class at the JD McCarty Center on 9/3/13)

UPDATE 9/16/13: Fun apple fingerplay action songs (see page 1 of this PDF: http://www.ylpl.lib.ca.us/teach/fingerplays.pdf)

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma (http://www.jdmc.org/)

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Sibshops @ the JD McCarty Center in Norman, OK

The J.D. McCarty Center will be hosting Sibshops in Norman, Oklahoma.

Flier (1-page PDF): https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/norman-sibshop-flyer-2012-2013-2.pdf

Norman Sibshops are coming back for their 3rd year. They are continuing a journey of celebrating awesome and wonderful siblings of those with special needs. Past and new siblings are welcome to attend!

Sibshops are a great program where brothers and sisters will:

  • Meet other brothers and sisters of children with special needs
  • Have FUN
  • Talk with others who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not so good) parts of having a sibling with special needs
  • Learn more about disabilities and the services that people with disabilities receive
  • Have some more FUN!

* Learn more about the origins and philosophy of Sibshops by visiting the Sibling Support Project website at http://www.siblingsupport.org/

6-9 Year Old Siblings will meet

10:00AM – 1:00PM

  • September 15, 2012
  • November 17, 2012
  • February 16, 2013
  • April 20, 2013

10-13 Year Old Siblings will meet

10:00AM – 1:00PM

  • October 20, 2012
  • November 17, 2012
  • March 9, 2013
  • April 20, 2013

*Dates Subject to Change.

Each Sibshop is $6 per child or $20 per child for all four sessions (lunch included). For multiple siblings, they offer a sibling discount; the cost will be $15 for each additional sibling if all sessions paid up front. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Kerri Brooks for more information at 405-249-1925 or email at normansibshops@gmail.com.

J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071

For more information and to register, call Kerri Brooks at 405-249-1925 or email at normansibshops@gmail.com.

Norman Sibshops are proudly sponsored by the J.D. McCarty Center, the Oklahoma Developmental Disability Council, the Oklahoma Family Network, Sooner SUCCESS, the Sooner Bowling Alley and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma

FYI…. I will not be at any of the Sibshops…. just sharing the info to help spread the word 🙂

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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