Tag Archives: fine motor

More Ideas for Outside Session Fun

outside session funHeading outside when the weather cooperates gives us another non-classroom environment to use for summer sessions. Changing up routines helps to keep otherwise potentially monotonous practice exercises fresh. Doing this will keep kids actively engaged and willing to participate. While it may look like summer fun, students are still working on speech and language, social skill, gross motor, fine motor, and other skills at the same time. Read More »

The Power of Technology in Therapy Sessions

technology therapyThe start of summer means that children will be on break. This time away from school often comes with concerns that some kids may regress in areas. This is especially worrisome when they are receiving sessions for specific subjects. This means that any therapists, counselors, and teachers must assist families in ways that they can keep up on skills and goals at home. Technology is a wonderful option for many children to continue practicing skills. Read More »

Taking Time to Enjoy Nature

spring earth dayThe sun may finally be shining long enough to get outside, enjoy nature, and take in the beautiful spring surroundings. At this time of year, right around Earth Day, the snow is typically gone, the land is turning green, and flowers are blooming. Have a chat with students about different spring items they have noticed around school and homes.  What people, places, and different spring “things” have they noticed now that winter is a distant memory. There are a lot of spring crafts and even games which would be wonderful to do with different therapy groups. Think outside of the box and find items that will actively engage the kids. Remember that hands-on activities for tactile exploration make a powerful impact on younger children. Read More »

Rain on the Brain

rainy day activitiesApril is traditionally a rainy month in much of the United States. Those showers may mean cloudy skies and a hard time going outside. This can be hard for students who are so excited to welcome a new season. Think outside of the box and work on ways to incorporate the rain into sessions which work on goals, skills, and actively engage students.  Perhaps you may want to ask families to send in rain gear so you may head outside. If that will not work, simply gather a bunch of old umbrellas to use with the kids. Read More »

Eager for Easter Egg Ideas

easter eggsPlastic eggs may not seem like much, but they can be a great resource to have during therapy sessions. These colorful eggs are not only for Easter time, they are fun for later on to keep skills building in unique ways. Be sure to check out the displays at stores now to grab different colors, themes, and character-based eggs to use with your students during the year. Read More »

Luck of the Irish

luck of IrishMarch means it’s time to dress up in green and embrace your inner Irish self. Even if you are not Irish, kids and adults enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day each March. Younger children will enjoy learning about the stories of leprechauns. Kids who are new to our country may not be as familiar with St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish folklore. Take time to introduce them to some tales associated with leprechauns. A fun story to begin with is How to Catch a Leprechaun/Cómo Atrapar a un Duende by Adam Wallace. It will be a great start to chatting about how they would work on trapping these tricky lads. Read More »