Most teens outgrow the therapy model at some point in their junior high or high school years. Transferring ownership for continued growth in these therapeutic areas is a key element to ensuring that your student doesn’t stop working on new skills or practicing ones already mastered in a traditional therapy program. To accommodate your student’s desire for independence, this transitioning process requires your child to adopt regular activities which will assimilate therapy work into his or her normal routines.
Here are some ways your teen can continue working on occupational, physical, social, and speech therapy goals without going to regular therapy.
Speech Therapy Ideas:
Read out loud
Order food at a restaurant
Ask for directions
Memorize jokes and then tell them to others
Make videos or voice recordings
Occupational Therapy Ideas:
Assemble Purchases (“Some assembly required”)
Physical Therapy Ideas:
Social Skill Therapy Ideas:
Join a club or special interest group
Participate in a local event as a volunteer
Be a mother’s helper
Volunteer at church
Start conversations with vendors at your county or state fair
Participate in 4H
Join a book cub
I am sure you can think of many more great ideas, and we would love for you to share them with our community by commenting below or on our social media shares of this article.
If you are looking for more resources for homeschooling your teen through high school, make sure to check out these other resources on our website:
- High School Checklist
- How to Gracefully Transition into Your SPED Homeschool High School Years
- Crossing the Homeschool Bridge to High School
- Mission Centers as an Alternative Option After Homeschool Graduation
- How to Use ‘Loving Pushes’ to Prepare Your Teenager for Adulthood
- When Your Student Derails Your Homeschool High School Plan
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