Category: Treatment Resources

Follow the Leader with Simon Says

follow the leaderActively engaging kids to practice skills and work on goals can be tricky as the academic year progresses. Sometimes it’s nice to take something familiar and give it a little twist. Kids of all ages like to play Simon Says, so why not change it up a bit? The beauty of this approach is you can use modeling in a fun way to work on a wide variety of skills in different types of sessions. Read More »

The Power of Flowers

flower craftsThey are colorful, smell nice, and usually make people smile. The rain in April helps to encourage flowers to bloom in May in most parts of the country. With the help of flowers all over, it is easier for everyone to finally say goodbye to winter. It is the perfect time of year to use the power of flowers in different therapy sessions to connect students with their goals. Read More »

Celebrating Moms and More

mothers day activitiesIt is important to take time to celebrate special women, like mothers, who play a role in the lives of children. As always, be cognizant of family situations. Not all students may be living with their moms. Focus on using this holiday to cheer on an important woman in the lives of each child. If there is time, send a request come ahead to ask for a photo of the person the child selects to use on a future project. Read More »

Getting to Know Who People Are

Looks can be deceiving. A smile on someone’s face may not really let you know what is happening in their life and who they are. Kids need to learn that you can’t judge a person based on what they look like, how they dress, and a variety of other factors. It’s always a good time to regroup and do some team building during sessions. Take some time to readdress the importance of getting to know those who are in your learning community. The more kids understand differences among them, the more they will accept peers and stand up for them. This is a big social skills goal, but also works on communication goals, fine motor practice, and more. Read More »

When it’s More Than Laryngitis: Common Voice Problems in Children

vocal problemsSpeaking requires effort and cooperation of multiple body parts. The vocal cords do not shape how your voice sounds on their own. It is the continuous effort of your lungs, chest muscles, tissues in your nose and the back of your throat, and nerves in the brain that work together as a team to give your voice it’s unique sound and strength. Read More »

Using Fall Favorites in Therapy

fall favoritesMuch of November is spent talking about giving thanks. A lot of the focus may be on special people in the lives of students. While this is important, it is crucial to move beyond that.  It can be difficult to get to know students during different types of therapy sessions. Kids can be shy and scared to open up. Why not expand on the thankful notion and think about favorite items from this season? Check in with families ahead of time to see what traditions they may have from where they are originally from. Embrace multilingual learners and share these unique items with everyone in the group. Encourage families to send items in which can be observed by others during sessions. Read More »