Category: Resources for Students

Focusing on Feelings and Relationships

feelings valentines day craftValentine’s Day gives us the chance to think about people we love. While love is in the air, it’s not the only feeling which students need to be familiar with. If you want them to be open during different therapy sessions, they must be able to communicate different feelings. What feelings do they have about people, places, and things which are part of their world? Kids of all ages enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day because they can be creative and work on expressing their feelings. Working on projects which allow them to practice ways to share their feelings about school will encourage it throughout the year and beyond. Read More »

Getting to Know Who People Are

Looks can be deceiving. A smile on someone’s face may not really let you know what is happening in their life and who they are. Kids need to learn that you can’t judge a person based on what they look like, how they dress, and a variety of other factors. It’s always a good time to regroup and do some team building during sessions. Take some time to readdress the importance of getting to know those who are in your learning community. The more kids understand differences among them, the more they will accept peers and stand up for them. This is a big social skills goal, but also works on communication goals, fine motor practice, and more. Read More »

When it’s More Than Laryngitis: Common Voice Problems in Children

vocal problemsSpeaking requires effort and cooperation of multiple body parts. The vocal cords do not shape how your voice sounds on their own. It is the continuous effort of your lungs, chest muscles, tissues in your nose and the back of your throat, and nerves in the brain that work together as a team to give your voice it’s unique sound and strength. Read More »

Embracing Warmth in the Winter

winter warmth activitiesBaby, it’s cold outside in much of the country during the winter months. This means that kids are often bundled up and trying to keep warm. Sometimes it can even be a bit chilly inside schools and classrooms. Take time to utilize items which keep us warm. This could also be expanded to discuss what makes you feel good and have warm and fuzzy thoughts. The sky is the limit and there are always unique ways to work on whatever session goals you have for students. Read More »

Using Yarn for Therapy Sessions

yarn craft activitiesYarn is a simple supply to pick up and use in a variety of ways with children during therapy sessions. Not only can working with yarn help to calm kids, making art is also therapeutic. Check in with crafting stores, families, and others to see if they have supplies that they may be able to donate. Craft stores also have sales from time to time where you can pick up returns and other skeins, which will be helpful for session crafting purposes. Read More »

Snowmen in the Winter

snowmen activitiesCue the winter crafts, books, and stories which include your favorite snowmen and friends. It is the most wonderful time of year to use these winter favorites during sessions to get students actively involved. Since you can’t always go outside and build a snowman of your own, there are many ways to do this so every student has their own to take home. Read More »