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Community Helpers Lesson Plan

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Doctors/Veterinarians Community Helpers Description: Gather materials that will allow for you and your child to engage in pretend play to be a doctor or veterinarian. Let your child choose which they want to play and watch the corresponding video: Doctor Video Veterinarian Video Your child can pretend to be the doctor or vet to give a person (you or doll) or stuffed animal a check up. A check up can include checking the heartbeat, looking in eyes and ears, checking reflexes, taking temperature, and giving a bandaid/medicine (if being a vet, they can give the animal bath). Materials: band aid, popsicle stick, toilet paper tube or flashlight to look into eyes and ears, a necklace to be the stethoscope (or make one!), candy for pretend medicine or just a spoon, a block to check reflexes, a straw to take temperature, white or blue clothing to dress up Tips to Support: Speech Talk to your child about what a doctor/vet does (e.g. helps sick people feel better / helps take care of sick animals ) and where they work (e.g. at doctor's office, hospital / Vet clinic, animal hospital). Discuss the different animals a vet can treat. Ask your child which animal is their favorite and why? Vocabulary to target: doctor, nurse, stethoscope, thermometer, medicine, lab coat, fever, x-ray, scrubs, examine, germs Concepts: healthy/sick, broken/fixed, in, on, over Compare and Contrast: Talk about ways a Vet and a Doctor are the same and ways they are different. Categories: Think of as many items as you can that a vet and doctor might need/use, which ones belong to the doctor? To the vet? How many of the items can be used by both? ID Body Parts: Have your child identify the different parts of the body (or parts of the animal) during their check up (e.g. eyes, ears, mouth, throat, arms, legs, paws, tail etc.) PT Crossing midline: When identifying body parts, ask your child to identify their own. Tell them to use their right hand to touch their left foot, knee, elbow, etc. to encourage trunk rotation and communication between both sides of the brain. SPG COMMUNITY • © All Rights Reserved The Speech Pathology Group • Bright Path Therapists • Comprehensive Autism Center

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