These easy balloon games for kids are the perfect way to get kids active and moving while practicing important developmental skills! We are always looking for fun ways to enhance developmental skills using minimal supplies that are easily available for anyone - Click here for our easy activities for kids (no fancy supplies needed)! Paper bags, bed sheets, bubbles and play dough are just a few of the simple items that you can find in pretty much any therapy space, school or home that can boost fine, gross and even sensory motor skills through play. Today, we thought of another one! ... Read More about Easy Balloon Games for Kids
This fun visual motor activity is a great way to work on drawing/prewriting skills while also addressing visual perception. If you're familiar with visual perception skills, you might know about a fascinating skill called visual closure. Visual closure is the ability to complete an unfinished figure or shape by “filling in the blanks’ visually. This skill is important as kids learn to read and learn to complete puzzles by figuring out what is missing. Visual closure is why we're able to read quickly and fluently - we don't have to stop and look at each individual letter in a word ... Read More about What’s Missing Visual Motor Activity for Kids
Here's a fun game to add to your list of free teletherapy materials! A great way to get kids active and moving as they celebrate Valentine's Day! Whether you're working with kids virtually OR in-person - this simple game is a great movement break or warm-up activity! The slides are easy to use in a one-on-one or group setting and can even be used in a classroom with a larger group of kids using a SMART board or projector. What you'll need: -The FREE Google Slides presentation (click here) What to do: Simply pull the Google Slides presentation up on screen share if you're working ... Read More about FREE Teletherapy Materials: Valentine’s Day Would You Rather!
Looking for easy Valentine crafts? These colorful paper heart spinners are a great way to practice cutting on a line and bilateral coordination skills! Finding fun ways to practice scissor skills can be tough - it's easy for kids to get frustrated and when they get frustrated, often they struggle with attention and effort. Practicing cutting on straight lines can be especially repetitive! Today, we're sharing an awesome way to put those cutting skills into action to create a fun, colorful heart spinner! This easy Valentine craft is perfect for the classroom, the therapy room, or ... Read More about Easy Valentine Crafts: Heart Spinners!
Looking for a fun and simple winter cutting craft? This fun little skier is perfect for preschoolers and other young kids who are learning to cut on lines and cut out shapes! We were looking for a new cutting craft for our Winter Sports theme at The Treehouse and this idea popped into my mind! This activity is a great way to have kids practice cutting on a line and cutting out a simple shape. If you use the black and white version you can also target pencil grasp, drawing, and prewriting skills as kids color in the skier and the mountains! Winter Skier Cutting Craft What You'll ... Read More about Winter Skier Cutting Craft
Check out this video about how to do virtual therapy! Learn how we run our play group and therapy sessions and get ideas for your practice! Almost all of the questions we hear from therapists about how to do virtual therapy have one thing in common…a ton of self-doubt. As therapists, our main focus is doing the very best we can for the kids on our caseloads. We ended up as pediatric therapists because of our compassion and our drive to give back to others. While we are natural helpers, many of us also tend to be over-thinkers who are prone to questioning ourselves…sound familiar? (Us ... Read More about How to Do Virtual Therapy: A Behind the Scenes Peek!
This virtual therapy planning sheet will help you get organized and prepared for each upcoming telehealth physical therapy or occupational therapy session. As seasoned therapists with years of experience in the school setting and as play group facilitators for our non-profit organization, we’ve been learning right alongside all of you when it comes to what works and what doesn’t work during virtual sessions. Our latest free printable - Pro Tips to Help You Tackle Teletherapy - shares some of our top tips to help you navigate virtual therapy successfully. Today, we’re back again with ... Read More about Free Printable Virtual Therapy Session Planning Sheet
Learning to provide telehealth physical therapy and telehealth occupational therapy is definitely a challenge. With these 10 pro tips, you'll be on your way to stress-free telehealth therapy sessions in no time! If you’ve spent the last several months feeling overwhelmed by constantly changing schedules and baffled by shifting service delivery models (from in-person, to hybrid, to remote and back again)... If your stress level is through the roof as you navigate the switch from in-person to telehealth physical therapy sessions and occupational therapy sessions… You’re in very good ... Read More about 10 Pro Tips for Telehealth Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy