Pediatric therapy sessions last for only a short period of time. A common frequency of pediatric therapy is 1 or 2 visits per week for a 30 minute sessions. It is very difficult to make substantial change during 30 minutes. Therefore, during each therapy session, therapists should be offering carry over of skills to the classroom and home. Here are 5 ways to get the most out of a therapy session:
strategies that are appropriate for the child's level and the care
giver's level. Certain techniques require several teaching lessons for
an adult care giver. In addition, once a technique is taught do not
forget to review it in the future.
2. Children learn new
skills through multiple practice sessions. Offer suggestions on how
specific skills can be practiced over and over during the course of a
3. Provide visual directions and hand outs that
offer more information on specific techniques or activities. This can
provide predictability for the children and review for the adults.
Be very specific on your expectations and suggestions by setting
realistic goals for the week until the next visit. Teachers and parents
have other children that they are responsible for on a daily basis.
Make sure the goals set are achievable. For example, "Johnny will
practice putting his shoes on at least one time per day each day this
5. Remember to allow children to be children. This
might sound obvious but children enjoy playing and having fun. Boring
tasks may result in non compliance or behavioral issues. Keep practice
tasks fun and novel. Vary tasks when able and allow children to choose
what activities to practice. Act like a child yourself and you may get
better results. Follow the child's lead. You may land up learning
more than the child.
For simple activities to carry out throughout the day check out Therapeutic Activities for Home and School.