This Bug-Themed Sample Treatment Plan is the perfect starting point for therapists who are delivering virtual services.
So many of us are facing the reality of our school based therapy practices being completely virtual or, at best, a hybrid blend of virtual and in-person treatment for the upcoming school year.
Some of you are pros at this point after having to implement this style for the last quarter of the previous school year. But, recently, we have been getting lots of emails from therapists who haven’t yet had to tackle virtual therapy and they are feeling lost and overwhelmed.
For the last 4 months, we have not only provided school based services virtually but we also moved our non-profit play groups to a virtual format. Our play groups are all focused on building developmental skills and, therefore, are perfect for using during online therapy sessions too!
We thought it might be helpful to give you a sneak peek into what our sessions look like with this sample treatment plan so you can see that it’s not so overwhelming to provide virtual therapy services and, even better, it can actually be pretty fun!
Our Interactive Movement Games are the perfect jumping off point to plan a session around. They get kids moving, following directions and interacting! Whether you are an occupational, physical, or even speech therapist, these Movement Games are the perfect brain break, warm-up or even intro/conclusion to a fun session.
Here is how we do it….
Let’s take our Bug Themed Movement Game, for example. In this movement game, kids move their bodies like different bugs they encounter in a garden. They come across ants, worms, grasshoppers, caterpillars, butterflies and more! As they meet each bug, they are asked to complete a movement (jumping like a grasshopper, moving like an inchworm, etc). After they find 5 bugs, they are awarded a prize!! The best part of these movement games is that the kids decide which bug to find next which gives them a bit of control over their own therapy session.
Win win, situation, right?!?!
Bug-Themed Sample Treatment Plan for Virtual Therapy
-Rolled pair of socks
1 – Bug Themed Movement Game
This takes about 5 minutes and is a great introduction/warm-up.
2 – Baby Bumblebee
We play Baby Bumblebee, which is a cute little song that encourages in-hand manipulation, hand eye coordination, and more! We ask kids to find a ball or a few socks to roll up as their bumblebee! And boom! You’ve just completed another 5-10 minutes of your session.
3 – Cutting and Drawing Activity
If you need to work on snipping or other cutting skills as well as prewriting skills, have kids grab 2 sheets of paper, a few markers or crayons and some scissors. Have them draw 5 circles all over one sheet of paper and then turn those circles into bugs by adding lines for antennae, legs, or wings. Have them fold the other sheet of paper in half lengthwise. Ask kids to snip the paper to create blades of grass, but remind them not to cut past the fold. When they have completed this, have them place the paper with the blades of grass over top of the paper with the bugs on it.
And now, your 30 minute session is complete!
I hope this sample treatment plan inspires you to create a little theme-based therapy session for your next virtual therapy meet-up. You can adapt these activities to address almost any skill area and, if you need a little more inspiration, search for “bug activities” on our site or on Pinterest and I am sure you can come up with a few more fun ones to add to the mix!
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