Our son attends occupational, physical, and speech therapy weekly. Each therapist gives us tasks to work on at home, and occasionally this can be overwhelming.
I often wonder how are we ever going to accomplish all of this?
I recently implemented a new strategy using the days of the week that is most definitely working for us, and hopefully it works for you too.
It all started with Sensory Saturday and has grown into much more!
Motor Monday - This is the day I try to make my focus on gross motor skills.
He is extremely curious so if I hide things from him he will work hard to try and get to them. He’ll crawl to a favorite book, or do his very best to pull himself up onto the couch to see the iPad.
Taste and “Talker” Tuesday - Feeding issues are so incredibly hard to deal with and communication is vital so I have dedicated two days of the week to focus on these.
These days I allow extra time for meals to ensure he is watching us eat as well as being offered new tastes and textures.
He still does not take anything orally but with more practice and presenting items to him we are slowly making progress.
Walking Wednesday - Our walking ladder frame may be one of his least favorite pieces of equipment in our house, but I’m hoping with repetition he will come to like it. Or at least tolerate it!
This day we do quite a bit of sit to stand using the ladder and help him initiate steps. We also make a point to get in his gait trainer more often than other days.
He is not always able to be accurate with his choices on his communication device so using the pages on his device with book choices or colors we are able to practice being more accurate.
For instance, I will show him a blue toy and ask him to tell me where the choice for “blue” is on his device.
In his chair with a tray we will play with smaller items and try to pick them up, poke play-dough, or use his pointer finger to trace maze books.
We will also practice coloring with markers, crayons, or use ink pads for finger prints.
Sensory Saturday - This may be my favorite day!
He also likes to play with tissue paper and shredded paper. We also have a platform swing and a small ball pit that he enjoys.
Sunday - Day off!
We will still put him in his stander or gait trainer and always use his communication device, but Sunday is a day where I don’t have any plans for the day or try to accomplish his weekly tasks.
But for me, pairing a day of the week with a general task he needs to work on makes his list of “to-dos” feel more manageable.
I hope you find this strategy helpful, and please share what helps you manage your child’s therapy homework or skills to work on.
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