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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 »

Story Telling Games with Many Possibilities in Therapy

storytelling-therapy-sessionsImagine a simple game made of cubes which has little drawings on them. This game can not only be used to create unique stories, but also get kids to come out of their shells. The game is Rory's Story Cubes, and the original version has nine cubes with six different pictures on each one. To play, you roll the cubes and use each picture to help tell a unique story. The beauty of the game is that each person may see the cube slightly different. One person may see a man, but another may see someone running. The game has become so popular that there are now a wide variety of add-on sets. There are Rory’s Story Cubes set which focus on voyages, actions, and fantasia. In addition to this, there are currently a dozen mini three cube “mix it up” sets to add on to the other sets. If you have students who are fans of certain characters, be sure to check out more StoryWorld sets like Doctor Who, Adventure Time, and Batman. Read More »

Pinwheel Activities for Therapy Sessions

pinwheel therapy activityPinwheels are a fun summer item to pick up in store to use during the school year. Why pinwheels? They are small, easy to use, and flexible for a variety of activities. Pinwheels can help to calm a child down, make them actively participate in a session, and are also fun to use. Look around dollar stores and the toy or seasonal sections of retail stores. Consider taking sessions outside, so the kids can walk, talk, and bring the pinwheel with them for an activity. Read More »

Celebrating Summer Fruits and Vegetables

summer fruits veggiesFruits and vegetables are abundant in the summer months in most of the country. Local crops can be found at farmers markets and many local grocery stores, but kids in many places are unfamiliar with different produce options because they only have limited availability in stores by them. Take time to use fruits and vegetables are a starting point for some summer time sessions and sessions at the beginning of the school year. Check in with families to ask about food allergies. Make sure to also ask them about any special fruits or vegetables which may have cultural significance. Read More »

Pretending to go Camping

campingCamping is a summer tradition for many families. They pack up their car with lots of gear and head out into the wilderness. Not all children are able to do this, so why not bring the experience of camping to them? Model a campsite within a small space inside or outside where you have your sessions. All you will need to gather are some simple camping supplies. Ahead of time, you will need to get a pop-up tent or figure out a way to make something tent like within your space. Get some sleeping bags, battery run lanterns, folding chairs, and make a fake campfire pit. All of these items will help your campsite to look more authentic and go with the theme. Read More »

Buzz Buzz Busy Bees

bee activitiesKids and families are very busy during the summer months. Lots of time is spent outdoors, traveling, and more. It can be more difficult for everyone to work on skill building. It is important to make sure that everyone understand that they must put time in during these weeks so there is not as much regression. Bees are a wonderful way to approach this subject. Bees are constantly in motion, but they help their hive community with multiple tasks. Read More »