Occupational Therapy Telehealth Activities

Technology can be and is amazing!  But when I think about our kiddos, their virtual learning with their academics, and the use of technology during occupational therapy, my mind starts wondering… are we providing enough hands-on activities to develop the muscles in their hands?? So, I wanted to share some fall occupational therapy Telehealth activities that DON’T require the child to use technology!  

These activities can be both synchronous and asynchronous!  In fact, I’ll share my VERY rough asynchronous video I sent to some of my students last spring when we had to rush and adjust to virtual learning with little to no warning!  Whew!  Something I know we will never forget!  My goal then (and now) is to come up with activities that require little preparation with items that can be found around the house.  Easy Peasy is the name of the game!

Supplies needed for Fall Occupational Therapy Telehealth Activities:

Supplies needed for Fall Telehealth activities

As you see from the picture above, all you need is:

  • paper
  • a few leaves
  • a few rocks
  • 4 small sticks
  • brown crayon and a marker
  • glue

Just think of the fun and the skills the child is working on just gathering these few things!  Of course the child should always be supervised and watched for safety!

 

Warm-Up Activity:

It’s always good to warm-up our muscles and prepare our bodies for work!  This warm-up has us pretending we are a tree!  The saying goes “Trunk, branches, falling leaves squeeze your knees”. Here’s some pictures for you!
Picture of a tree to help visualize what we are pretending to be!
Let's Pretend We're a Tree!
Arms up over head pretending to be a Trunk of a Tree for the Warm-up Activity for our Occupational therapy Telehealth activities
Trunk
Arms out to the side to pretend we are branches of a tree
Branches
Pretending to be falling leaves for the Warm-up Activity for Fall Occupational Telehealth Activities
Falling Leaves, Squeeze Your Knees

Our First Fall Teletherapy Activity for OT:

  • Use the small sticks and paper to make prewriting strokes, shapes, and straight line letters.  
  • The child can watch you make them first and then copy OR you can verbally tell them and see if they can use their visual memory to form the figure!
 
Making a cross prewriting stroke out of sticks
Make a square out of sticks for fall occupational Telehealth activities
Making a letter F out of sticks
Making a letter K out of sticks for fall teletherapy activities for OT

Next Activity is Making a PUZZLE!

  • Have the child trace around the sticks, rocks, and leaves on their paper making a puzzle!
  • Can they stabilize the paper and trace around the item?
  • How fast can they put the pieces on the puzzle?

Now We Can add a Fine Motor Activity to our Fall Occupational Therapy Telehealth Activities!

  • Trace around a leaf
  • Place glue inside the leaf 
  • Tear the leaf into small pieces and place them in the glue!

Letter Recognition, Sight Word Practice, and Handwriting are a few of the skills we talk about next! 

Have the child write letters or have an adult write letters or sight words (whatever the child is working on) on the paper

  • Verbally call out a letter or sight word.  The child then picks up a rock and places it on the correct answer as fast as he/she can!
  • To make it a little more challenging, the child can be on all 4’s or in side sitting while completing this activity.

Our Last Fall Occupational Therapy Telehealth Activity is making a leaf print! 

  •  Place one of the leaves under the piece of paper
  • Have the child color (crayon on it’s side) over the leaf
  • Watch the leaf appear!
Picture of a leaf print made with crayons, leaf, and paper for an OT activity

There you go! I hope these ideas help with some Fall occupational Telehealth activity Ideas that you can do WITH your kiddo or provide asynchronous with pictures or videos!

Speaking of asynchronous videos….remember that really ROUGH video I talked about at the beginning??  Well, here it is and it gives you an idea of how to incorporate all these activities together.

Still looking for MORE Fall Activities to work on fine motor skills, cutting skills, and handwriting skills?  Here are some fun fall printable packets!

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For more information on Occupational Therapy and Telehealth, please refer to the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Happy Fall!! ~Shelly

**Remember all activities should be supervised and monitored by an adult for safety and these activities should not take the place of medical or therapeutic intervention**

 

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