Incorporating Sensory Activities into Sessions

sensory activitiesStudents are often more engaged when sessions include something with a sensory component. Many children in different therapy sessions also have concerns with sensory integration. By combining activities which work on sensory with fine motor, gross motor speech, counseling, or others it will work on goals in multiple areas at once. Sensory learning tools are readily available and flexible to use in a variety of ways during different sessions. Read More »

Working on New Routines

new therapy routinesThe start of the new school year can be very hard on kids and adults alike. Summer vacation may have included some sessions, but the schedule was light and kids have many more freedoms than they do while in school. Much of the start of the year is getting to know everyone, reevaluating goals, and settling into the routine. Be sure to use this time to gain trust with the kids who you will be working with over the next months and beyond. Break up testing with stories, crafts, or other fun activities to ease their fears.  Read More »

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 »