It’s January – a new calendar year and the midpoint on your academic calendar. What can you do to make it a successful year for your students’ growth, development and commitment to therapy success? How can you get them more involved and better engaged – the common denominators in high-quality learning?
Enhance their self-confidence.
In order to learn and make progress, students must believe in themselves. Cultivate their intrinsic motivation and encourage them to work autonomously, enjoy their relationships with others and feel that they’re strong and competent.
- Self-direction is a touchstone of effective development. Nurture it by giving students opportunities before, during and after therapy to ask questions, participate and exercise some control over their own progress.
- Offer chances for them to make decisions and solve problems. Help them process information and be self-confident without being told exactly what to do all the time.
Be accessible and approachable.
You are central to student growth and development. As noted in one recent study, if an educator is “perceived to be approachable, well prepared and sensitive to student needs, students are committed to work harder and get more out of the session, and are more willing to express their opinions.”
Create learning environments that stretch and enrich children’s abilities. Easy assignments are not as effective as those that challenge students.
When children are reflecting, conjuring and making connections between ideas, growth flourishes.
Be sure that your therapy environment welcomes students from diverse backgrounds. To succeed, children must feel accepted and affirmed. Reflect diversity in your classroom themes and support materials.
Make it a team effort.
Communicate and collaborate with your students’ teachers, parents or guardians, and school administrators. Meet with them regularly to provide updates and share needs, ideas and suggestions.
- Learn all you can about the individual requirements, passions and personalities of each student. Tap into their uniqueness so continue to get to know and understand one another. An approach that works very well with one student may need fine tuning before it yields results in another.
Make yours a 21st century classroom.
Today’s students have spent their entire lives surrounded by information. Take a multimedia approach to your therapy core content. Encourage youngsters as they demonstrate increased understanding utilizing such tools as speech and occupational therapy mobile apps. See our related posts to learn more.
The specialized recruitment team at Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services offers a wealth of resources, expertise and industry knowledge to help you enhance your school-based therapy career. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you realize your ongoing goals.
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