Category: Assessment Resources

Insects All Around Us

insect activitiesWhat’s that over there? It’s an ant, or maybe it’s an earwig. Is that a caterpillar, and what kind of butterfly will it turn into? Summertime brings out a wide variety of insects and other little critters who will intrigue and creep out kids of all ages. The less hectic months are also the perfect time to do something different with students while working on skills and IEP goals. Take some time to embrace all of the bugs around us and use them within your sessions to actively engage the kids. Read More »

Fabulous Flowers in May

may spring flowersThe month of May is often filled with flowers blooming all over the place. The winter weather is finally gone and all of the April showers have helped blossoms to brighten up the landscape. Use the gorgeous natural beauties to inspire things to do during sessions and therapy to work toward each child’s individual goals. Talk to teachers to see if they are covering anything similar to share resources. Remember, you may tweak anything available to work with your needs. All you need to do is focus on their speech, fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional, or other needs to work on goals and skills. Read More »

Hidden Signs of Spring

signs of springUsing the outdoors is a wonderful way to change things up when the weather cooperates. Spring is the perfect time to take sessions and lessons outside to work with individuals and small groups. Look around your school at the environment to see where you could spend some time. Playgrounds, picnic tables, walking paths, and anything else outdoors can be flexible if you are flexible. Read More »

Talk About Plants as They Grow

plants in therapyPlants are important to all of us. We need them for oxygen to breathe, for food, and to make shelter. The spring time is when we typically see people planting gardens and other flowers that blossom. Kids will adore getting their hands a little dirty in order to learn and talk about plants and the way that they grow. Read More »

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Chinese New YearThe 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration began on Friday, January 27 and continues for 15 days. The date of the celebration moves from year to year according to the Chinese calendar that uses the lunar calendar and winter solstice. It is important to talk to children about other traditions like the Chinese New Year. Not only will they learn new things, it will help to encourage students to share their traditions with others. Remember to talk to families ahead of time to see what they do for this special time of year. See if they want to send in items to share or if they will assist in a session one day. Read More »

Edible Winter Craft Fun

winter crafts bakingBaking with kids is a fun way to practice speech and language skills. especially when it's close to the holidays! Of course, not everyone will have a kitchen that they are able to use with their classes. This means that edible winter crafts are the perfect workaround. These activities are great for small spaces and shorter session times. When working with food, be sure to check with families beforehand to make sure there are no allergies or other medical concerns that may limit what a child may eat or work with. While many of these projects include candy, it's the holiday season, so it's generally acceptable to splurge once in a while with your groups. Read More »