Breath Support Activities help children with their volume, sound making and stamina.
It is difficult to put these exercises into just one category. We chose speech and language
as shallow breathing affects voice and oral motor functions.Here is what Julie A. Daymut, M.A., CCC-SLP said in her article: Breath Support and Control:
“Breath support and control are important for everyday functions such as speaking, eating, exercising, and relaxing. Breath support refers to how we stabilize our bodies for air flow. Breath control is how we regulate and coordinate airflow for different activities. We need good breath support and control for various purposes”
We have so much fun with our spider ink pictures. Use different color inks to make a more colorful picture. This art project has so many skills built in making it a really fun way to build skills while having fun. Our favorite part is making characters and telling stories about the ink pictures that we created!
We have found breath support exercises to aide in stamina while doing gross motor activities as well as to act as a centering exercise for anxiety and lack of focus. The benefits of proper breathing are numerous. Here are just a few:
• Improves oxygen flow
• Improves functioning of all body systems
• Relieves congestion
• Addresses muscle (and mind) spasms
• Increases energy
• Reduces fatigue
• Enhances concentration
• Eliminates toxins from the body more efficiently
• Builds body awareness and self-control
Breath support Activities:
Blowing Bubbles: this is also a great activity for referencing, shared enjoyment and visual tracking.
Puff Ball Blowing: Blow a puffball across a table to each other.
Play a Flute or Whistle: Try turning this into a regulation game by having the child blow
fast or slow, loud and soft. To make that fun create a movement to do with each: run when fast, walk when slow, jump when high, and touch the ground when low.
Ink Splat Spider Pictures: Pour a small amount of ink on paper. Blow the ink with the straw to create a spider-like effect. After the ink dries add features to turn it into a picture.
Mosswood Connections is the creation of a couple of play therapists who happen to be parents. We are sharing the many strategies and activities that we have created or used to enhance the development of all children, particularly those with special needs.