Everyday Therapy

Today was Tuesday, and Tuesday's are a tough day on my schedule. I work in a difficult office with few materials, I've got difficult kiddos and some difficult parents which all make it...well, difficult to get excited for work. This morning I looked around in vain for something new and exciting to engage my first little preschool patient, and then it hit me--I had a secret gem hiding in my bag!

Last week my boyfriend's sister gave me this remnant from her Raising Canes kids meal. It was a make it yourself lemonade stand!

My friend was sooo excited! We had to follow directions to put it together, then he worked on requesting stickers and using his best spatial concepts to tell me where to put them. 

I was not feeling particularly motivated for my day, but this totally turned things around. He had a blast, and I got to target everything: following directions, spatial concepts, requesting, verbs, asking questions, social language, social skills (our other friends had to wait in line, be polite, etc.), recall, and more!

So what about you, do you have any unassuming items that have turned out to be fantastic therapy toys??

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