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Tips for Communicating with Parents When You Don’t Speak Their Language

Communicating a child’s success and needs in therapy with parents is one of the most important things clinicians do. It truly is a team effort to generalize successful outcomes from the therapy room and carry them over into the home. This can be complicated when you do not share a language in common with parents. In many schools throughout the country, there can be dozens of different languages spoken in the homes of students and finding ways to help parents access and share information is crucial for continued success. Read More »

Halloween Sensory Fun

halloween sensory funGetting a little messy can allow kids to be more actively engaged in sessions. When they are having fun, students don’t always realize they are working on skills. Sensory activities help with this problem and allow us to focus us checking on their speech and language, fine motor, gross motor, or other therapy needs. Getting everyone busy with their hands allows mundane skill work to be more productive. When individuals may be shy to talk or share, giving them something to work out the nerves allows them to focus more. Halloween is the perfect time to implement some sensory fun for kids of all ages. Read More »

Summer Fun with Sand

summer sandKids of all ages love to play with sand. Unfortunately, the days of sandboxes are mostly gone. While some schools may have water and sand tables, not all do. Portable sensory bins are the perfect way to incorporate sand into a variety of different therapy sessions to work on skills. The best part is being able to bring a little bit of the beach into your summertime with students. Think outside of the box and have fun! Read More »

Focus on Feelings for Father’s Day

Fathers Day activitiesFather’s Day is the perfect time to talk to students about important men in their life. While Father’s Day is only one day in June, it is nice to spend several sessions with kids discussing their feeling about the male role models in their lives. Remember to be aware of different family dynamics and sensitive to children who may not have a father at home. Keep the focus on male role models in their life, not simply at home. Read More »

Birds of a Feather

bird watchingYou have probably heard the saying Birds of a feather flock together. For kids who have therapy sessions together, it may have a different meaning to them. The kids have similar needs but may not always accomplish them in identical ways. Spring and summertime mean that more birds are outside.  Kids can learn a lot by watching the way birds interact. In addition to this, it’s the perfect opportunity to take sessions outside and get some fresh air. Read More »

Using Yarn for Therapy Sessions

yarn craft activitiesYarn is a simple supply to pick up and use in a variety of ways with children during therapy sessions. Not only can working with yarn help to calm kids, making art is also therapeutic. Check in with crafting stores, families, and others to see if they have supplies that they may be able to donate. Craft stores also have sales from time to time where you can pick up returns and other skeins, which will be helpful for session crafting purposes. Read More »