Time to Pick a Pumpkin

pumpkin pickingMany classes start taking field trips this time of year. If they go to a farm, often they will have kids pick their own pumpkins. This may not be possible depending on funding or time restraints. This does not mean that you can’t bring the fun to your students. That’s right, you can make a pumpkin patch in a small space and allow everyone in your sessions to pick their own pumpkin. Read More »

Songs, Tales, and Fun for Fall

fall activitiesThere are so many ways to share the spirit of Halloween and autumn with kids. Take time to decorate your space and share some festive tales about the holiday seasons and tradition. If you prefer to stay away from Halloween, look to book on baking pumpkin pies, growing pumpkins, or look ahead to Thanksgiving. Read More »

Apples for Fall Fun and Learning

apple activitiesWhile some people may like to focus on other harvests in the fall, apples are a must. Thanks to the cooler autumn weather, it is easy to incorporate these crispy fruits into lesson plans for a wide variety of sessions. Kids adore working with apples and learning all about them. Apples are also fun to use during crafts for fine motor skills, to move around during gross motor, talk about for speech and language goals, and more. Read More »

Story Telling Games with Many Possibilities in Therapy

storytelling-therapy-sessionsImagine a simple game made of cubes which has little drawings on them. This game can not only be used to create unique stories, but also get kids to come out of their shells. The game is Rory's Story Cubes, and the original version has nine cubes with six different pictures on each one. To play, you roll the cubes and use each picture to help tell a unique story. The beauty of the game is that each person may see the cube slightly different. One person may see a man, but another may see someone running. The game has become so popular that there are now a wide variety of add-on sets. There are Rory’s Story Cubes set which focus on voyages, actions, and fantasia. In addition to this, there are currently a dozen mini three cube “mix it up” sets to add on to the other sets. If you have students who are fans of certain characters, be sure to check out more StoryWorld sets like Doctor Who, Adventure Time, and Batman. Read More »

Utilizing Sensory Tools During Sessions

sensory toolsHands-on learning is important for children. Kids get more out of life experiences when they use their senses. It is important to remember this when you are working on lesson plans for sessions with an individual child or group of students. While many may think that sensory tools would only be used with children who are meeting with an occupational therapist, it is not true. These days, many incorporate sensory tools and projects into a variety of therapy sessions. The rationale for this is that many children have sensory integration concerns and it helps them. Read More »

Back to School Blues Be Gone

back to school bluesBack to school signifies the unofficial end of summer. Schedules change, homework begins, and stress may start to creep in for students and adults alike. This can make kids worry, sad, and nervous about the unknown in the school year ahead. It is a great time to use ice breakers to bond as a group together. Get to know each other, learn about who you are, and talk about what you will be doing in the upcoming academic year. Read More »