Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Planning a Therapy Session

Therapists can follow in the footsteps of teachers and create lesson plans for therapy sessions. This can be especially useful for group sessions or push in therapy. When the lesson plan is written, provide a copy to the teacher or parent to inform them of your goals for the session. It is a great way to establish better communication between the special education team. Here is some information to include when creating a plan for a therapy session:

1. Goal: Establish the primary goal of the session.

2. Materials Needed: List the equipment necessary for the session.

3. IEP Goals Being Met: List the student's IEP goals that are being addressed.

4. Instruction:
a. Explain to the children what the goal is of the session
b. Write down all the steps you will take to reach the goal

5. Evaluate: How will you evaluate whether the goal was reached?
a. Formal
b. Informal
c. Rubric
d. Test

6. Closure: Wrap up the session reviewing and/or summarizing the skills that were taught.

7. Modifications: List any modifications that can adapt the lesson plan for each child if necessary.

Not only will you be prepared for the therapy session, you will be prepared for documentation and planning for the next session.

Print out the form below to get started.


Anonymous said...

This is brilliant, Margaret.

Have not seen this idea before, ever. Well, I think I had to do this during my first clinical - over 30 years ago! After that, it all went into the mental catch-all. Your point about sharing with teachers is excellent and comparing it to a lesson plan should make the sharing more effective.

Another similar concept are the books on motor activities - remember the one by Athena Oden, PT.

Thanks for this excellent idea. Barbara

Your Therapy Source Inc said...

Thanks. I think therapists fly by the seat of their pants too often. Teachers are required to have lesson plans for the entire day why are we exempt? Also, I think a goal should be reached during each therapy session no matter how small. This planning tool helps therapist's to think along those lines. It may be time consuming at first but with practice it gets faster and easier.

Hailey Shafir said...

I really like this format for a therapy session, it makes the goals and structure more clear in what can feel like a very unstructured interaction. I usually spend about 2 hours each week reviewing the notes from my last sessions and coming up with some ideas of what interventions can build upon that. One resource I have found incredibly helpful is:

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