Tag Archives: speech and language

Focusing on Feelings and Relationships

feelings valentines day craftValentine’s Day gives us the chance to think about people we love. While love is in the air, it’s not the only feeling which students need to be familiar with. If you want them to be open during different therapy sessions, they must be able to communicate different feelings. What feelings do they have about people, places, and things which are part of their world? Kids of all ages enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day because they can be creative and work on expressing their feelings. Working on projects which allow them to practice ways to share their feelings about school will encourage it throughout the year and beyond. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »