Tag Archives: speech therapy

Sun and Summer Fun

summer beach themed activitiesThere is nothing quite like spending time at the beach. Wind in your hair, sand between your toes, and the sound of the surf. Kids adore spending time talking about and exploring the beach during sessions. Bring the theme to the kids and watch them enjoy the time, learn new things, and practice skills. 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 »

Celebrating Holidays and Avoiding Distractions

holiday traditionsThe month of December is often a blur because of everything going on at once. This means it is extremely important to stay focused and avoid distractions which will take away from therapy goals. Work on incorporating the holidays and all of the festivities into fun sessions that will keep everyone actively engaged and learning. Read More »

Sensory Play for Halloween

Halloween sensory binsSensory boxes are not simply for use in occupational therapy sessions. These days, we often integrate different resources to engage children and all of their senses. This helps them to participate more and focus less on the skill building part of the activity. The best part is they have fun and want to continue working on their goals. Halloween is the perfect time to combine all of this together to use in a variety of ways. Read More »

Why Communicating Well with Parents is Crucial for Your Students

parent communicationAs a school-based therapist, especially in specialties like speech or occupational therapy, the ultimate purpose of your job is to help your students communicate and interact with the world around them. But no matter how many kids you’ve helped do just that during your career, there’s no guarantee that you’re an expert at applying the same principles you’ve imparted on those kids in your own life. Life’s ironies never cease. Now, this isn’t the time or the place to reckon with the various communication failures that may or may not have plagued your love life for the past however many years. That’s a whole other can of worms. But when it comes to matters concerning your job, well, communication is key – especially when it comes to interacting with your students’ parents, guardians, and other family members. No matter how significant the gains you make during the school day are, if you don’t foster a healthy relationship with whoever is looking after your students at home, it could all be for naught. Not only does a mutually communicative relationship with parents help ensure program continuity once students head home for the day, but if you are friendly - or at least cordial with - students’ families, everything is going to be a whole lot simpler and more pleasant for everyone involved. 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 »