Entries by Jill Perry

Bag the Plan and Let the Creativity Begin!

I have been an OT treating children for (gulp!) 25+ years and still enjoy thinking about my clients and planning the “perfect” session. Sometimes, it seems that the best sessions are the ones that happen if I am willing to let go of MY play. Yesterday was one of those days in our Social Adventures group. Karen and […]

The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse

Title:  The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse Author:  Miriam Norton Illustrator:  Garth Williams Age:  Early Elementary Description:  An abandoned kitten is adopted by a  mouse family.  The kitten grows up believing he is a mouse until the children of the house get involved. Goals/Concepts: Theory of Mind – both cognitive and emotional Narrative […]

What are They Thinking?

Our 3rd and 4th grade Social Adventures group is made up of kids who have great difficulty thinking flexibly. Their tempers flare if they feel contradicted or challenged or misunderstood. Once we start down that road, there is no going back. Sometimes the kids enter group in an I-am- mad-at-my-friends-for-not-thinking-like-me mood and it makes for a problematic session. […]

My Very First Mother Goose

Title: My Very First Mother Goose Editor: Iona Opie Illustrator: Rosemary Wells Age: preschool, elementary school Description: Dozens of Mother Goose rhymes presented in familiar verse with exceptionally charming watercolor illustrations that appear to move across the page. Goals/Concepts: • Rhyming and rhythm • Phonological awareness • Reading readiness • Vocabulary • Body language • Attention […]

Country Mouse and City Mouse

Title: Country Mouse and City Mouse Author: Based on an Aesop’s Fable. App by McGraw-Hill Illustrator: Joyce Hesselberth Age: preschool, elementary school Description: A mouse that lives in the city visits a mouse friend who lives in the country.  Although they both enjoy the visits, they long for their familiar homes. Goals/Concepts: • Perspective taking […]

Meet an Amazing Individual

If you don’t know Dr. Lynne Kenney (who I only know through tweets, a brief phone interview, her book, The Family Coach Method, and her blogs and resources), I’d love to introduce you. Dr. Lynne Kenney, PsyD. is a mother and pediatric psychologist. You can find out oodles of details about her from her web site so I’ll […]

Relational Aggression

We want our children to have friends. We also want them to have pleasant interactions even with kids who aren’t necessarily their friends. We also don’t want our children to be bullied or to bully others. There has been a lot of talk about bullying lately and although I work with children every day, even I am become […]

Join In and Play

Title: Join In and Play (Learning to Get Along®) Author: Cheri J. Meiners, M. Ed. Illustrator: Meredith Johnson Age: preschool, elementary school Description: One in a series of books by free spirit publishing that gently and effectively teaches young children foundational social skills Goals/Concepts: • joining play • managing rejection • interpreting body language • understanding […]

Helping Kids Through Tantrums

  Helping Children Through Tantrums In the Moment Parents often ask what can be done when their sensitive child is having a full-blown tantrum.  I have worked with many wonderful families who implement sensory diets, use visual schedules, and write social stories to try to cover all bases.  Yet…life happens, unexpected events abound, and kids […]

Line Up!

  Do you ever have kids that need… absolutely NEED… to be first in line ALL the time?  Our little group of five boys, ages 5 and 6, literally fight, push and shove their ways to the top of the line each week during transitions.  We have tried calling the boys by name to be […]