One of my clients that I worked with in graduate school was an adorable, 2 year old little girl with a diagnosis of Down syndrome. I used the "all done" bucket for every session with this client because she loved to throw toys, so I am sure you can imagine what each session was like. I felt like I was at a dodge ball tournament sometimes :) The "all done" bucket was a lifesaver because whenever she would throw a toy, I would guide her to the toy that she threw, have her pick it up and then put it in the "all done" bucket and she would sign "all done." By the end of the semester, she was no longer throwing toys and she would sign "all done" instead of throwing the toys. I definitely would recommend the "all done" bucket, not only for children who like to throw toys but, also as a way to help children with the structure of each session. It allows them to realize that after they have performed an activity, then they go to the "all done" bucket then move on to another activity. Taking pictures of the different toys or activities allows for you to use a smaller "all done" bucket but, some children may need the actual toy/object and if that is the case then a bigger "all done" bucket would be sufficient. I used the "all done" bucket more with the younger children.
Quote of the Week:
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.”