24 Aug 2020

Therapy Support for Children: Ideas for Home

At Xavier we’ve been providing children’s disability services for Brisbane children and their families for over 70 years. One of the ways that we support children and young people throughout Brisbane and the greater Brisbane region is through our therapy services.

In these unusual times when it may be more challenging to attend your child’s regular therapy sessions, therapy activities at home are a great option. They shouldn’t replace your child’s formal therapy sessions but they’re a good way to provide additional support to help your child meet their therapy goals.

Further, therapy at home doesn’t need to feel like therapy at all. Your Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist or Physiotherapist can work with you on fun therapy at home activities.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Keep it playful – You know what your child finds fun and loves to do. Whether it’s blowing bubbles, painting rainbows or reading together these are all great activities. Don’t forget sensory play too, like having fun with shaving cream, colours, textures and more.

Get siblings to join in – Getting the whole family involved means that siblings aren’t excluded and everyone is having fun. Give other siblings roles, appropriate for their age.

Create a special space – Having a special space in your home where you sit together and do therapy, sets the expectation to your child that fun things happen in this space. You don’t need a big home, this can be as simple as a special therapy table or a reading nook.

Get organised – Having therapy activities ready to go can really help on busier days as preparation and set-up can sometimes take longer than the activity itself. Use labelled containers for storage of essential items like crayons, play clay, paint etc.  

Allocate a time – Making a special time (or times) for therapy every week means that this time is dedicated to therapy. It’s something that your child can look forward to and helps to set the expectation that “play time” is going to happen.

Take breaks – If you or your child are feeling overwhelmed or stressed and therapy is adding to your stress levels then take a break. If therapy isn’t going to work on a given day don’t worry, there’s always tomorrow (or the next day!

If you’d like some further info on therapy support for children in Brisbane, including at home occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy activities, have a chat with your therapist.