Category: Resources for Students

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 »

A Summer Style Scavenger Hunt

scavenger huntSummer weather means that it is often possible to use the outdoors as a session space. Take the time to think of activities which will work for a wide variety of students and goals. Often times, different spaces will make it easier to actively engage kids and work on multiple skills. A simple walk, a blanket under a shady tree, or a picnic table to observe nature and the summer surroundings are great options. Read More »

Water Fun in the Sun

bucketsIt is easy for kids to regress in the summer. When they have time for sessions, it is important to work on maintaining the gains which they had during the academic year. Since it is summer, it is the perfect time to use the nice weather and integrate less traditional lesson plans into the mix. Any of the following activities may be used to work on a variety of skills. These include, but are not limited to, social, fine motor, pragmatics, articulation, gross motor, and emotional tasks. Use these options to work on whatever an individual child may need at this point in time. Read More »

Independence Day Ideas Galore

independence day activities Independence Day means a lot of different things to people. For some children, it is a day of swimming, barbecues, and fireworks. Others may have a deeper meaning if they are newer to the United States. No matter how it is celebrated, it is important to embrace the holiday and talk to all students about the true meaning of the holiday. Always begin by chatting with students to see how they do things on the Fourth of July. Send messages to families to see if they have unique ways to mark the day and include this in your sessions. Read More »