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OT Corner: End of Year Lists for Students by the Students

Article Reprinted with permission of Your Therapy Source as it appeared on their blog

Have you ever considered having the children you currently work with create a list of advice or tips for other children for the next school year?  You could ask the children to submit tips and suggestions that make functional tasks easier for them.  This activity will hopefully empower the children to see that they can help others.  It may also allow them to think about different aspects of functional tasks possibly leading to goal setting for the following school year.
Perhaps they could answer questions such as:

1.  What do you do to be more organized at school?
2.  What is your favorite physical education activity to participate in?
3.  If an activity has to be adapted for you to participate in gym class or recess, what have you found to be the most helpful adaptation?
4.  Is there anything that makes getting dressed easier for you?
5.  Is there a certain entrance to the school you find easiest to enter in at?
6.  Is there a staircase that is easier to navigate than others?
7.  Is there a bathroom at the school that is easier to use than others?

You don’t even need to suggest these questions.  Maybe just throw it out there to the students from now until the end of the school year.  Set up an easel in the therapy room or carry a note pad.  When a student thinks of a tip write it down.  Once all the suggestions have been gathered, organize them into categories.  Then next school year hand out your tip sheet to all the students on your caseload.

Want to take it one step further?  Ask parents for their tips and suggestions to complete functional skills for a successful school year.  Make this information available to parents the following school year.
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