Category: Resources for Students

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 »

Celebrating Summer Fruits and Vegetables

summer fruits veggiesFruits and vegetables are abundant in the summer months in most of the country. Local crops can be found at farmers markets and many local grocery stores, but kids in many places are unfamiliar with different produce options because they only have limited availability in stores by them. Take time to use fruits and vegetables are a starting point for some summer time sessions and sessions at the beginning of the school year. Check in with families to ask about food allergies. Make sure to also ask them about any special fruits or vegetables which may have cultural significance. Read More »

Pretending to go Camping

campingCamping is a summer tradition for many families. They pack up their car with lots of gear and head out into the wilderness. Not all children are able to do this, so why not bring the experience of camping to them? Model a campsite within a small space inside or outside where you have your sessions. All you will need to gather are some simple camping supplies. Ahead of time, you will need to get a pop-up tent or figure out a way to make something tent like within your space. Get some sleeping bags, battery run lanterns, folding chairs, and make a fake campfire pit. All of these items will help your campsite to look more authentic and go with the theme. Read More »

Buzz Buzz Busy Bees

bee activitiesKids and families are very busy during the summer months. Lots of time is spent outdoors, traveling, and more. It can be more difficult for everyone to work on skill building. It is important to make sure that everyone understand that they must put time in during these weeks so there is not as much regression. Bees are a wonderful way to approach this subject. Bees are constantly in motion, but they help their hive community with multiple tasks. Read More »

Summer at the Beach

beach sessionsNothing says summer like spending time at a beach. Unfortunately, it is not usually possible to take kids to a beach during a session. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a fun beach day. Think outside of the box and bring the beach to you. Bring in beach items from home and create your own beach for everyone to enjoy. It’s also a great time to check in with families to see if anyone has ties to beaches. Perhaps they have lived by the ocean, or come from another country which has beaches that they went to. This is a great way to incorporate individuals from multilingual families. Read More »