Tag Archives: gross motor

Incorporating Sensory Activities into Sessions

sensory activitiesStudents are often more engaged when sessions include something with a sensory component. Many children in different therapy sessions also have concerns with sensory integration. By combining activities which work on sensory with fine motor, gross motor speech, counseling, or others it will work on goals in multiple areas at once. Sensory learning tools are readily available and flexible to use in a variety of ways during different sessions. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »