Follow the Leader with Simon Says

follow the leaderActively engaging kids to practice skills and work on goals can be tricky as the academic year progresses. Sometimes it’s nice to take something familiar and give it a little twist. Kids of all ages like to play Simon Says, so why not change it up a bit? The beauty of this approach is you can use modeling in a fun way to work on a wide variety of skills in different types of sessions. Read More »

Mother’s Day Traditions – BT Edition

BT Mothers DayMother's Day is a time to celebrate the women in our lives who raised, inspired, and taught us so many invaluable life lessons! Many families have a common tradition for Mother's Day - whether it's a special brunch, dinner, or activity to celebrate "Mom." At Bilingual Therapies, our team comes from a variety of different backgrounds, which is great for story-telling and sharing different perspectives! This year, we wanted to celebrate Mother's Day by sharing the traditions from our office team members. Whether they celebrated these traditions when they were kids or if they've continued them until today, each team member felt a sense of nostalgia and warmth when describing their traditions. Read More »

The Power of Flowers

flower craftsThey are colorful, smell nice, and usually make people smile. The rain in April helps to encourage flowers to bloom in May in most parts of the country. With the help of flowers all over, it is easier for everyone to finally say goodbye to winter. It is the perfect time of year to use the power of flowers in different therapy sessions to connect students with their goals. Read More »

Celebrating Moms and More

mothers day activitiesIt is important to take time to celebrate special women, like mothers, who play a role in the lives of children. As always, be cognizant of family situations. Not all students may be living with their moms. Focus on using this holiday to cheer on an important woman in the lives of each child. If there is time, send a request come ahead to ask for a photo of the person the child selects to use on a future project. Read More »

Taking Time to Enjoy Nature

spring earth dayThe sun may finally be shining long enough to get outside, enjoy nature, and take in the beautiful spring surroundings. At this time of year, right around Earth Day, the snow is typically gone, the land is turning green, and flowers are blooming. Have a chat with students about different spring items they have noticed around school and homes.  What people, places, and different spring “things” have they noticed now that winter is a distant memory. There are a lot of spring crafts and even games which would be wonderful to do with different therapy groups. Think outside of the box and find items that will actively engage the kids. Remember that hands-on activities for tactile exploration make a powerful impact on younger children. Read More »

All Things Spring

spring verb activitiesMany students are not only learning new academic subjects during school, they are also working on their English language skills. We often take speaking English for granted. Most of us have simply learned it by listening to others, and then fine-tuning it at school. Multilingual learners may need additional help with a variety of tricky areas of the language. One that is often tricky is conjugating the progressive form of verbs. The -ing ending remains in all, but you need to know which helper goes before each in the present, past, and future tenses.  Learning this is not a fun task, so thinking outside of the box is critical to keep students actively engaged. Read More »