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Sensory Tips for In-Home Therapists

When you are an in-home therapist, your body is often a playground. 

Am I right??

If you’ve done home-based speech therapy before, you understand how much these little ones love to move. 

Which is why it is so important to be able to provide sensory-based sessions for these clients. 

But therapists often get hung up on the fact that they don’t have access to sensory equipment so they don’t think they can provide sensory strategies when working with clients in their home. 

So today I want to set the record straight and give my top tips for successfully implementing  sensory strategies when you are working in a client’s home. 

Tip 1: Focus On What You Can Control 

A lot can go haywire when you are going into a client’s home. Going with the flow and following the child’s lead is so important when you are providing home-based care. 

Tip 2: Use What You Have

You don’t need a swing or rock wall to implement successful sensory based sessions. Instead, you can use a couch, a blanket, or even an office chair to provide the sensory input your client needs. 

Tip 3: Take Advantage of the Parent Training Element

Get the parents involved in your sessions. Ask them questions and really get to know the dynamic of that family. When the parents understand why you are letting their child jump on the couch, they will be more likely to be open to practicing these sensory strategies themselves throughout the day. 

If you want to hear more about successfully implementing sensory strategies in home-based sessions, make sure you check out my live show, Making the Shift

I sat down with Melanie Weber from my Inside Out Team to talk about our top tips for implementing sensory strategies in the home. 

>> Making the Shift, Episode 62, Sensory Tips for In-Home SLPs with Melanie Weber