Tag Archives: fine motor skills

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 »

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 »

Insects All Around Us

insect activitiesWhat’s that over there? It’s an ant, or maybe it’s an earwig. Is that a caterpillar, and what kind of butterfly will it turn into? Summertime brings out a wide variety of insects and other little critters who will intrigue and creep out kids of all ages. The less hectic months are also the perfect time to do something different with students while working on skills and IEP goals. Take some time to embrace all of the bugs around us and use them within your sessions to actively engage the kids. Read More »

Fun for Father’s Day

fathers day activitiesFather’s Day is coming, and it is the perfect time to talk with students about the special men in their lives. Celebrating fathers, as well as other male role models, is important on this day in June in the United States. Think about ways to incorporate something to make with kids that could be sent home as a gift for fathers or another special man in their life. Read More »