As the end of the year approaches, I occasional get emails from parents if we offer gift certificates for therapists. Unfortunately, we do not but it brings me to today's topic - end of year gifts. Therapists never expect a gift from any student or parent. But if you are looking for ideas here are a few suggestions that don't cost a dime:
1. Make a handmade gift. Something simple would be most appreciated, perhaps it is a painted hand print, a poem or a picture. A therapist, especially an OT, would be so proud to get a hand made gift from a student. And, I mean truly hand made from start to finish by the student. You would truly give that therapist a gift a pride and satisfaction in that student's accomplishments.
2. Leftover Supplies from your house. Sounds silly I know but maybe you have some loose stickers, highlighters, colored tape or other fun items that could be used during a therapy session. Therapists usually pay for all of that stuff out of their own pocket.
3. Write a thank you note. I once received a handwritten thank you note from a parent a few months after I was done working with their child. The mother was very grateful for the physical therapy I provided her son and the progress that he made. I have NEVER forgotten that note. It really meant so much to me.