EDUCATING CHILDREN ON THERAPY
Therapy Thursday and we have a great tip from one of our occupational therapists, Katherine Denton. She’s been noticing and what she’s taken on board for her session planning is making sure that as a therapist she doesn’t talk to the parent as if the child’s not in the room at all.
How many times do we as therapists forget to actually explain what we’re doing to the children that we’re working with?
It’s really good, even for young children to know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, how this is going to help us.
So make sure that you as a therapist include the child in your discussions and that you ask them what’s going on and explain to them even some of your therapy modalities, even in a basic form so that they can start to take responsibility and ownership of what’s going on and what they can do.
It gives them great motivation to be able to it at home so that they can remember, ‘when I do this, it makes me feel happy. When I do this it makes me feel calm.’
So when you do your session planning, make sure that you include some ways of how you can include your child in your therapy explanation.