As a para professional and life skills coach, I have found great passion in my work. I love working with children of all abilities, but have found much joy in working with children of different abilities. As a para, we become very close to the child we are working with. When working in the school as a para, you may be assigned to that child or several children all year. That child/children become just like our own. We care about him or her very much and want them to succeed in what they challenge to take on. Mostly, we want to make them happy. We want them to be comfortable in their surroundings. We want them to grow. We are given many goals to help them achieve in a period of time.
This blog is created for the intent of sharing ideas I have used for my kiddos at school as well as working as a life coach. I encourage you to share your ideas as well. Let's collaborate together, sharing our trials and errors. These children are depending on us to help them reach those goals. I hope these ideas, concepts, suggestions, and activities help you to help your child.
Movement Break Idea:
Looking for a different movement break for a kiddo who needs to move and feel ready to workl? We do a Oops/UPS (aka A.S.D.) pick up/delivery station. So much fun, purposeful and the kids love it! You will need some boxes (small and large) a cart with wheels (we used from a second hand shop, a cooler with wheels or you could use a lunch cart) some diy graphics for realistic effect. Goal: fill smaller boxes with rice to have different weights for each delivery box. These boxes will be what the student will be picking up or delivering. The larger boxes, cut out to look like a “station.” This station can be the drop off/pick up points. We have 5 stations at our school. We post the graphics so staff will know this is the station for delivery and pick up and can help participate if so desired. The student either has the packages in the cart to deliver, you can use tags with Velcro to assign which station to deliver, or to random boxes or classes/offices. I use specific teacher names at times as well, to work on our socialization skills. Pushing or pulling the cart is a great weight movement, carrying the packages and deliver to the destination, following directions. **Always make sure you check with your OT/PT Therapist for appropriate weight that your student can use as well as if this break will work for your student.** The kids really love this break, in fact a certain delivery service gave us a hat for them to wear! How cool was that! This is being used in the elementary grade school. Use your discretion on the age appropriate for your use. All grade levels are really supportive (encouraging) and love when we make deliveries!
Here is what the “stations” look like. Card board box, some cool looking graphics, and number the stations (optional) or names of staff that packages can be delivered to, or picked up! You can also use as academic practice by "matching up upper and lower alphabet, or math facts, etc."
Cute little packages of variety of shapes, colors and realistic looking delivery packages.
Just an example of a personalized ticket, in case this package gets lost, finder will be able to return it to our classoom.
Our Special Delivery cart (cooler on wheels) zips up or stays open. Easy to push or pull.