The OT I work with is amazing and we co-treat multiple times a week (but that could be a whole post on its own) but we especially love getting the students outside and in a new environment. For this trip we had a nice mix of abilities, some of our less verbal/interactive students and a few of my social skills guys. It may seem odd to plan a speech day around hiking, but here are the skills I targeted.
(1) Increasing Communicative Functions: For my more emergent communicators (yes we brought their iPads to the beach. Are we brave or gluttons for punishment- the jury is still out!) we worked on labeling what we saw, particularly things that were different or interesting and making friendly comments. There are always opportunities to practice greetings and "excuse me" on the trails. Some of my more sophisticated communicators worked on engaging in a conversation for multiple turns, listening to other's interests, and staying on topic. We are really targeting asking relevant questions with peers, so we practiced asking other's about their experiences at the beach.
(2) Personal Narratives: What is a better chance to practice your narrative skills then a special day at school. This target really fits all my kiddos at all levels (for this trip) as everyone has a reliable mode of expressive communication. For my more emergent communicators we simply answered questions about the immediate past as we were going- what did you just see?, what did you just do?, what did you see? This was my favorite skill to work on because we brought one student's iPad and made a Pictello story he could share with his family. It was a great way to get some of the students who needed less support in on the game- while we were eating lunch as a group we added the photos and narrated the story.
Finally, we addressed basic group skills. Staying with the group, waiting for peers, turn-taking, and how to act in public. I think I have mentioned this before but the students at my school need a significant amount of support, so any chance to be out and about is a great learning experience.
Hope everyone is enjoying the springtime weather!
What is your favorite thing to do when it starts to warm up?