If you are looking for Summer occupational therapy activities, this June occupational therapy calendar is for you! It’s loaded with June calendar ideas to help kids move, develop skills, and play this summer. Having a calendar for therapy activities ready to go is important to beat the summer slide when it comes to helping kids move with therapist-approved activities. Use this printable June calendar in occupational therapy home programs, summer lesson plans, and OT summer sessions! You’ll find more summer occupational therapy ideas on various places on the website.
Both can be printed and used along with this free June activity calendar to support kids’ OT needs this year.
June Occupational Therapy Calendar
We’re plugging along as the end of this school year arrives and the start of summer is right around the corner. Are you ready for a summer with the kids?
It can be hard to stay on track with Occupational Therapy goals during the carefree days of summer. This month, with the June activity calendar, I wanted to bring you easy ways to keep up on therapy goals.
There is nothing better than the whole family getting involved with a game or an outing. Family time is memory-making time and so this month’s Occupational Therapy calendar is focused around family activities.
The June calendar ideas include other activities at the bottom of the page to support a variety of needs. These ideas can be used to replace activities on the calendar, if needed.
All of the June activities support a variety of developmental areas. We’ve selected the activity ideas based on development of skills through play and movement.
Some of the developmental areas addressed in these June activities include:
Executive functioning skills
Motor skill development (fine motor and gross motor)
Each June activity on the OT calendar targets sensory motor areas:
Some activities are guided by olfactory, auditory, and gustatory input.
We’ve selected these June activities to support areas of functioning such as:
Cooking (following recipes)
Exploring the community
More June Activities
Exploring all that summer allows is a great way to develop skills during the Summer months. However, if you need a strategy, we’ve created a few resources for just this need.
In fact, I’ve created a whole summer of OT activities that the get the family involved! These are sensory-based treatment activities that build on skills that may make up your child’s Occupational Therapy goals. The nice thing about these activities is that you can adjust the activity to meet individual goals.
You’ll be interested in our new Summer Occupational Therapy Activities Packet. It’s a collection of 14 items that guide summer programming at home, at school, and in therapy sessions. The summer activities bundle covers handwriting, visual perceptual skills and visual motor skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, regulation, and more.
You’ll find ideas to use in virtual therapy sessions and to send home as home activities that build skills and power development with a fun, summer theme. Kids will love the Summer Spot It! game, the puzzles, handouts, and movement activities. Therapists will love the teletherapy slide deck and the easy, ready-to-go activities to slot into OT sessions. The packet is only $10.00 and can be used over and over again for every student/client!
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In this blog post, we are addressing trauma informed occupational therapy, including trauma informed interventions and how to take a trauma informed approach in occupational therapy.
Imagine your mental, physical, and emotional health as a backpack. Some days, that backpack may be really heavy, full, and wear you down. Other days, it may be a bit lighter, and you are quicker on your feet, but the backpack is always there. This is the visualization of health that I think is just perfect when discussing trauma-informed occupational therapy practice.
Trauma Informed Care: the hypothical backpack
Everyone wears this hypothetical “backpack”; young and old, rich and poor. It’s up to us as health care professionals, to do our best to consider what we know about what load a person is carrying, while knowing that we won’t ever fully understand someone’s story.
Having an awareness of this emotional health, allows one to shift perspectives on how one behaves, acts, speaks, and functions. Cognitive and emotional health can be a large factor of someone’s overall health.
WHAT IS TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICE?
It’s important to understand the definition of trauma informed practice.
The effects trauma and adverse childhood experiences have on a person have been understood for some time now. Infant, child, and adolescent mental health is still a growing field.
The “backpack” visual helps to remember that even though occupational therapists may not work in a mental health setting, an individual still carries their traumatic history, anxiety, or depression as they walk into your office.
Trauma informed care is different than trauma-specific interventions. Where trauma informed refers to the awareness and recognition of various traumas and the impact of organizations or systems impact individuals, families, groups, communities, etc. the specific interventions address assessments, treatments, and specific recovery supports to impact trauma.
Example of Trauma Informed occupational therapy
Take 5-year-old ‘Thomas’ as an example. His aunt brings him to therapy at your outpatient clinic, and you notice that he is really shy and resistant to join you in a treatment room.
Thomas was referred to OT for delayed fine motor skills, but you are unable to convince him to do much with his hands at all. He won’t even look at you for more than one second.
After a few sessions pass, and there are no improvements in his participation, you ask the aunt how things are going at home, and learn a new perspective about Thomas’ overall health. You still must provide services for his fine motor skills, but now you do so through a new lens that respects, and includes his needs as a child with a traumatic history.
An individual’s traumatic history may not be the reason they are seeking services, but it should always be considered, and assess for. Traumatic experiences shape the way we perform our occupations.
The trauma response and/or triggers should be considered in all aspects of practice; when writing treatment plans, speaking to the individual and their family, and designing the treatment environment.
This is trauma-informed occupational therapy practice in a nutshell.
GUIDELINES FOR TRAUMA-INFORMED Occupational Therapy
How will you adjust your services to meet the unique needs of an individual who has experienced trauma?
“Given the long-term effects of adverse experiences in childhood, it is particularly important that all disciplines working in health care assess trauma; address safety in schools and the community; build strengths and resilience; and provide opportunities for educational, economic, and social successes” (AOTA, 2019).
Evidenced-based practice is always the best place to start. The AOTA’s guidelines from the May 2019 continuing education articleUnderstanding and Applying Trauma Informed Approaches across Occupational Therapy Settings, breaks down trauma-informed practice in occupational therapy. This resource highlights best-practice standards from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).
6 Trauma-informed Principles:
The 6 principles of trauma informed care are as follows:
2. Trustworthiness and transparency
3. Peer support and mutual self-help
4. Collaboration and mutuality
5. Empowerment, voice, and choice
6. Cultural, historical, and gender issues.
The table below is a modifed version of Figure 1 from the AOTA (2019) article. It provides examples of what to do and what not to do in accordance with the principles above.
Trauma Informed Occupational Therapy Do’s and Don’ts
Table Adapted From Figure 1, AOTA (2019)
Ask permission before doing anything.
Assume an individual’s comfort level.
#1 Safety #4 Collaboration and mutuality #5 Empowerment, voice, and choice
Acknowledge what you cannot change
Ignore things over which you cannot control
#2 Trustworthiness and transparency
Always ask preferred pronouns
Assume based on appearance, etc.
#6 Cultural, historical, and gender issues
Recognize that trauma manifests in many different ways.
Automatically attribute challenging behaviors to personality
Becoming a trauma-informed provider is not an easy shift for everyone. Considering the current pressures that healthcare professional face, having to adapt towards trauma-informed care is not always supported by staff or administration.
The AOTA provides resources and valuable information for occupational therapists based on the setting they work in.
The table above takes into consideration, the Four R’s of Trauma Informed Care: realize, recognize, respond, and resist re-traumatization.
Trauma Informed Strategies for Occupational Therapy
Many of the following guidelines will assist all healthcare providers, educators, and caregivers in learning trauma-informed practices.
Early Childhood Settings: Increase Collaboration to Promote Prevention
Promote early bonding through skin-to-skin, kangaroo care, private rooms, and opportunities for parent decision-making
Increase the amount of collaboration with all involved, and identify the barriers to involving family members in the care of their child
Similar to the above, but suggested practice in Tier 3 intervention, including students and their families, in collaboration with community mental health providers.
The AOTA (2019) offers more information about occupational therapy’s role in trauma-informed care in various settings, including primary care, community, residential, and foster care settings.
Regardless of the setting, location, or age group you may work with, trauma-informed practice is necessary.
We hope this article gave you some insight on a very important topic, and ideas on how to incorporate trauma informed care it in your practice – wherever you are. What will you do to move towards a trauma-informed practice?
Sydney Thorson, OTR/L, is a new occupational therapist working in school-based therapy. Her background is in Human Development and Family Studies, and she is passionate about providing individualized and meaningful treatment for each child and their family. Sydney is also a children’s author and illustrator and is always working on new and exciting projects.
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