Calming Down Techniques for Children

Whether in school or virtual learning, we all need to take the time to calm down and learn strategies that cater to us. Going back to school is always exciting, but for some students it can be frustrating, and a new experience.

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Back to School Activities

If you’re like me you’re probably thinking how in the world is it already time to go back to school?  Whether you’re returning to school in person or continuing virtual learning there are plenty of activities to make your sessions fun and engaging.

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Calling all Treasure Hunters: Articulation and Language Scavenger Hunt Activity

Being in a profession where personal connection is such a vital part of our sessions, teletherapy has demanded a different shift in trying to successfully relate and engage our kids through a screen. However, being behind a screen does not have to be the end all when it comes to providing both effective and fun speech services!

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Summertime Sensory Activities

Summer is a time for children to play and explore. Summertime play is also a great opportunity to incorporate sensory-based activities and introduce new sensory experiences. Most pediatric Occupational Therapists feel strongly about the benefits of providing kiddos with sensory input throughout their day and can vouch for the positive effects on a child’s overall self-regulation. Though the opportunities for sensory play are endless, described below are some fun and easy ideas that might come in useful over the Summer months.

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Sensory Bins in Speech Therapy

Now presenting a fabulous and engaging speech tool at a very ill-timed spot in history. Sensory bins have been the one resource I find I can pull for any child working on any goal at any age. They are extremely open ended and adaptable, giving the much-needed flexibility to the variety of students seen in the schools. Sensory bins are also my most requested activity from my speech students. Because the kids are hands deep in the bins, though, hygiene is of the utmost importance*.

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AAC Activity Ideas

I remember when I began working in classrooms for students with moderate-severe disabilities who had AAC devices and feeling completely overwhelmed. I didn’t know exactly how to model words for the students, nor was I confident about having whole group lessons in the classroom. Looking back, the more motivating the activity is that you bring with you, the easier it is to model communication for students and to get support staff (i.e., teachers, aides) involved to assist in promoting the communication skills of the students. So here are some of the activities I’ve done over the years that have been the most successful and engaging for staff and students!

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