Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ Mission Bay Park in San Diego
Event Schedule - Saturday, April 21, 2018
Here's how to register...
Click the link below to get to the ACT/Autism Walk website for registration
-Remember to choose the category: Adult 5K
-Select Create/Join Team - then click on Oceanside Therapy Group from the drop-down.
-Our password is: WalknRoll1
-We can't wait to see you there!
For some added fun...
Oceanside Therapy Group will be handing out team capes for the event. Please plan to wear your team cape for our group photo!
For questions and help registering...
Stop by the front desk for help on registration or for any questions or concerns you may have. There is additional informational also provided on the Race website, for more details click below.
Children can be difficult to shop for once hitting a certain age where they no longer show interest in all the toys and games that they once couldn't put down. Now that the holidays are around the corner, and relatives are inquiring about what to get your kids, you find yourself stumped. You're just not sure what will be worthwhile and keep your child's interest for more than a few days. What will keep their minds stimulated so that they are learning something AND having fun. What are the best educational gifts out there that promote learning in a fun way? Our therapists at Oceanside Therapy Group have given us their expertise when it comes to toys, games, and activities that are perfect to get your child for the holiday season.
Card & Picture Games
Zingo is a game of bingo works on picture identification, incorporates turn taking, and visual/matching skills. Card games are always good for fine motor and manipulation skills. Kids can work on shuffling, dealing the cards, counting, and holding the cards. A simple game of Uno is fun, but 2 other great games are Blink and Spot It. These games work on visual perceptual skills, matching, and sorting by color/shape/number, etc.)"
Board Games & Interactive Games
Cranium Hullabaloo - sold on Amazon and Ebay - Hullabaloo is great for auditory processing, visual-motor, and gross motor skills. Headbandz & Apples to Apples - These games help with social skills and turn taking. Mancala: It’s a strategy and cognitive processing game. Chinese Checkers is a great activity for fine motor skills, problem solving, and turn taking.
Other Resources for Toy Ideas
Written by Oceanside Therapy Group
Walking and physical activity such as biking, swimming, and running have been shown to significantly improve physical, emotional, and social health for all ages. With our busy schedules and increased screen-time the challenge is finding the time and meaningful motivation to achieve a balanced lifestyle to stay active.
How many steps are recommended for children? Why is it important? What are some strategies to stay motivated as a family? Where can these ideas be implemented?
HOW MUCH WALKING IS RECOMMENDED FOR MY CHILD?
A systematic review from 2011 indicated that elementary school aged boys should be taking 13,000-15,000 steps/day and girls 11,000-12,000 steps/day. A pedometer is a portable device, such as a FitBit, that counts steps. This will give the most accurate reading of actual steps taken. The correlation of steps is in accordance to evidence-based recommendations of 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity for children.
WHY IS WALKING SO IMPORTANT?
Increasing physical activity can lead to improved cardiovascular fitness, improved metabolism, and an increase in caloric expenditure, which can decrease the risk for obesity, improving the overall health of our children and families.
WHAT CAN FAMILIES DO?
OTHER FUN WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE
Written by: The PT Dept. for Oceanside Therapy Group
Source: Tudor-Locke C, Craig C, Beets M, Belton S, et al: How many steps/day are enough? For children and adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2011, 8:78.
The Fleet Science Center in San Diego, offers a special opportunity for children with autism and their families on the third Saturday of every month. Get early access to galleries 9-10AM. IMAX showing at 10AM w/ with the house lights on and a lower soundtrack volume.
"The Fleet Science Center strives to be an inclusive place where people of all needs and abilities are welcome and accommodated with respect every day. We believe science is for everyone!"
February 18 Special IMAX showing of Dolphins at 10 AM
March 18 Special IMAX showing of Dream Big at 10 AM
April 15 Special IMAX showing of Flight of the Butterflies at 10 AM
Visit their website for more information: http://www.rhfleet.org/
North county residents made their way to the Oceanside pier for the annual commemoration, Operation Appreciation. This event is held each year to commemorate those who have served in the military with fun, festivities, and local vendors.
Oceanside Therapy Group works with many military families and enjoys the opportunity to represent therapy services locally here in North County. Operation Appreciation is a great way for us to present these resources to our community and to show our support for our military. Each year, OTG staff members are available to answer questions and give families more information about the services we provide. It's a great thing to see the community get together in honor of our military and to show our patriotism and support.