Motor, Speech and Language, Reading Development, and Social Skills

The Children’s Developmental Clinic’s Professional Resource Staff includes: Teachers and Specialists in the areas of motor development, speech and language, early childhood education, reading, social development, and special education.

Children’s Developmental Clinic Gross Motor Activities

  • Ambulation and wheelchair mobility
  • Strength/ Endurance and Balance activities
  • Regular and adapted big wheels, green machines and Rifton bicycles
  • Physioballs and playground balls
  • Bolsters
  • Hoola hoops
  • Scooter boards
  • Jump ropes
  • Ball pit
  • Moon bounce
  • See saw
  • Slides
  • Climbing equipment

Children’s Developmental Clinic Fine Motor Activities

  • Coloring
  • Painting
  • Chalk
  • Arts and crafts
  • Use of stamps
  • Stickers
  • Play-doh
  • Manipulatives such as simple puzzles, shape sorters, blocks, container play
  • Water play
  • Textured toys/ sensory activities

Children’s Developmental Clinic Speech and Language Development

  • Clinicians model correct pronunciation and use repetition exercises to build speech and language skills.
  • Clinicians and staff interact with children through playing and talking.
  • May use pictures, books, objects, and/or games to stimulate language development.

Children’s Developmental Clinic Social Skills Development

  • For those children who have autism spectrum disabilities, a social skills program is offered at our University of Maryland location. The children engage in group activities and are encouraged to share equipment, to express their needs verbally, and to recognize the body language and facial expressions of others.