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December 5, 2023

Keeping Your Child's OT and PT on Track During Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is an exciting time for children and families, filled with opportunities for fun, adventure, and relaxation. However, for kids who receive Occupational Therapy (OT) and/or Physical Therapy (PT) to support their development and well-being, the break from school can disrupt their progress. It is essential to maintain continuity in your child's therapeutic journey during the summer months. We want to provide you with practical tips to ensure that your child's OT and PT needs stay on track, while still enjoying a memorable and enjoyable summer vacation.

Create a Summer Schedule - While summer can be less structured than the school year, having a daily or weekly schedule is beneficial for both you and your child. Incorporate designated times for therapeutic exercises and activities into the schedule. This consistency will help your child retain the skills they've learned and prevent regression.

Include Therapeutic Play - Engaging in therapeutic play is a wonderful way to make therapy enjoyable for your child during the summer. Consider incorporating games, sports, and outdoor activities that align with their therapeutic goals. For example, if your child is working on balance and coordination, plan a day at the playground or ride bicycles together.

Make Therapy Part of Your Summer Adventures - Summer is an ideal time to explore new places and experiences. Look for opportunities to incorporate therapy into your outings. Visiting a nature reserve can be an opportunity for sensory exploration, while a trip to the beach can involve building sandcastles to enhance fine motor skills.

Document Their Progress - Keep track of your child's progress during the summer months. Record their achievements and milestones, as well as any areas that need improvement. Sharing this information with their therapists when the school year resumes will help them pick up from where they left off.

Summer vacation doesn't have to mean a break from progress. With a little planning and creativity, you can ensure that your child's OT and PT needs are met while they enjoy a memorable summer. By embracing therapeutic play and incorporating exercises into your routine, you can make the most of this time and support your child's continued growth and development. Remember, it's all about striking a balance between fun and progress!

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