Category: Resources for Students

Using Fall Favorites in Therapy

fall favoritesMuch of November is spent talking about giving thanks. A lot of the focus may be on special people in the lives of students. While this is important, it is crucial to move beyond that.  It can be difficult to get to know students during different types of therapy sessions. Kids can be shy and scared to open up. Why not expand on the thankful notion and think about favorite items from this season? Check in with families ahead of time to see what traditions they may have from where they are originally from. Embrace multilingual learners and share these unique items with everyone in the group. Encourage families to send items in which can be observed by others during sessions. Read More »

Let’s Talk Turkeys

turkey activities The turkey gets a lot of attention during the month of November for a very important reason. Kids in the United States recognize this symbol and will enjoy spending time in sessions learning more about these feathered creatures from Thanksgiving.  Be sure to ask students whether their Thanksgiving tradition or another may include a turkey. Read More »

Stuck on Confusing Words

confusing wordsEnglish is a tricky language for many reasons. There are a lot of rules and exceptions to those rules, Of course, sometimes it gets even more confusing when you are talking to others. For some students it may be a challenge due to being a multilingual learner. They may confuse how one language works compared to another. Other children may be very literal, and have a hard time with words and phrases which have multiple meanings. In addition to this, some may miss how tone and body language can alter the meaning of speech. This is why it is important to take time during sessions to work with students who struggle with a variety of language and conversational skills. If they have additional practice, it will boost their confidence and more with time. Read More »

Leaves for More in Fall

fall leaves activitiesThe beautiful autumn leaves are all around and provide a wonderful resource during the months. Take some time and go for a walk with students while they are around to collect them to use for future sessions. Have a bin where they can dry and be safely stored until you need them for a project. Read More »

Sensory Play for Halloween

Halloween sensory binsSensory boxes are not simply for use in occupational therapy sessions. These days, we often integrate different resources to engage children and all of their senses. This helps them to participate more and focus less on the skill building part of the activity. The best part is they have fun and want to continue working on their goals. Halloween is the perfect time to combine all of this together to use in a variety of ways. Read More »

Time to Pick a Pumpkin

pumpkin pickingMany classes start taking field trips this time of year. If they go to a farm, often they will have kids pick their own pumpkins. This may not be possible depending on funding or time restraints. This does not mean that you can’t bring the fun to your students. That’s right, you can make a pumpkin patch in a small space and allow everyone in your sessions to pick their own pumpkin. Read More »