Back on Track for the New School Year

back to school themesIt’s too easy to get wrapped up in paperwork, meetings, and more during the start of the school year. Before you get too overwhelmed, take a moment to sketch out a general plan for the upcoming school year. Look at the students who you will be working with individually or in groups. While getting to know new students, adjust and refocus based on their likes, goals, and needs. Read More »

Pirates Arrrr All Around Us

talk like a pirateHave you ever watched a child’s face light up when you talk about pirates? Simply mentioning a pirate to kids of all ages usually makes them get excited. Why not have a pirate party of sorts with kids during sessions to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19? Use the way pirates talk, work together, problem solve, and more to focus on goals. Think outside of the box and gather your mateys for a swashbuckling good time! Read More »

Back to School Ice Breakers

back to school icebreakersHeading back to school after the summer can be rough for a lot of children. Even if they have had sessions over the summer, the routine is a big change from the more relaxed time. Students may not know one another, their teacher, and your therapy session may also be new to them. Interest inventories are a wonderful way to get to know new students, but more interactive group items will help everyone to get to know one another. Read More »

Getting Ready for the New Academic Year

new school year planningBack to school season is a stressful time of year. Days getting everything organized ahead of time, organizing plans, moving in new supplies, and everything else needed for sessions. To start off on the right foot, it’s important to have a strategy ready to begin the new academic year. While some kids may have had sessions over the summer, the new school year is a fresh beginning and it’s crucial to make sure it starts smooth. Read More »

Time to Fly a Kite

flying kiteThe sun is still shining and everyone wants to be outside while the weather is nice. This is the perfect time to explore activities that may be new and different for a lot of students. Kites are fun to make as a "craftivity" and can be tied to goals for students in sessions. In addition to this, kites can be purchased for a group session which works on teamwork and social skills. Read More »

More Ideas for Outside Session Fun

outside session funHeading outside when the weather cooperates gives us another non-classroom environment to use for summer sessions. Changing up routines helps to keep otherwise potentially monotonous practice exercises fresh. Doing this will keep kids actively engaged and willing to participate. While it may look like summer fun, students are still working on speech and language, social skill, gross motor, fine motor, and other skills at the same time. Read More »