Happy Spring!! Here's hoping that you are seeing some spring-like temperatures in your neck of the woods! We are finally enjoying warmer days as we pack away our winter coats in the Midwest. The Frenzied SLPs want to help you celebrate new beginnings this Spring by hosting this linky party about taking therapy outside. Be sure to check out the links below for more inspiration! We also welcome you to join us by linking your post at the 'Add Your Link' tab on the bottom, left-hand corner of this post.
As you may already know, I have been in private practice for a couple years now in my home office: Naperville Therapediatrics. Life is good as my days are filled with a nice balance of work, home management, play time with my puppy, and quality time with our ten year old, sweet son. At first, I struggled with coming up with ideas for this topic of taking therapy outside because I do not have the luxury of a fenced-in yard or safe space to play outdoors with my active clients. Then, it dawned on me that I could put my own spin on working "outside" of the four walls in my therapy room. In fact, I have been doing this for quite some time. Here's what a typical entry looks like at my practice:
No matter how old you are or what you are working on to enhance communication, everyone can benefit from practicing using eye contact, gestures, words, or sentences when greeting each other at the front door. Next, it's time to follow directions to remove shoes and place them either under a bench in the entryway or in a hallway closet. Sometimes, clients need to use the bathroom, so there may be an opportunity to make a request using speech or even a speech generating device. Otherwise, we head down the hallway to the closed speech room door with the child safety lock and wait until the client initiates a request for help to open the door. If we look at this scenario that typically takes place in the five minutes before we walk into the actual therapy room, then you can count up to four communicative opportunities (greeting, responding to directions, requesting, asking for assistance.)
Then there's this guy...,
|Gryffindor the Vizsla at 15 months old|