Tag Archives: speech therapy

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 »

Language Skill Building with Lego Blocks

legos in speech therapyThe key to working on speech and language goals is not to make it boring and tedious for the kids. Instead of having them think you're infusing drills, tailor them in such a way that they are actively participating in skill-building without even realizing it. Using toys and items that children adore can often increase participation and success. Lego blocks are a great resource to use with kids of all ages to focus on a variety of speech and language goals. Read More »

All About Apple Tasting and More

apple tastingThere are apples all around us in October, so it’s easy to use this seasonal fruit within speech and language sessions. Many teachers will use apples as a theme this time of year and may take their students apple picking, if they live in a region where this type of field trip is possible. Because speech therapy groups probably won't have the opportunity to pick their own apples, apples may be brought into sessions for learning and work on speech and language goals. As always, when using food, check in with families for any possible food allergies.

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Pumpkin Paradise with Purpose

pumpkin speech activitiesPumpkins are all over the place in October. Not only can you get everything in pumpkin flavor, but they are part of the seasonal decorations for Halloween and beyond. These fall favorites are a great item to integrate into speech and language sessions. You can create your own projects using pumpkins to send home, and they can also be utilized for sensory fun and exploration. When planning to incorporate pumpkins into lessons, work on different ways to hone in on each child's individual goals for each activity. Read More »