One major advantage of combining therapy with the client’s interests is that they tend to work harder during the session while still finding it enjoyable.
It might seem like just fun but each activity that a therapist uses has been analyzed to work on specific goals with that client.
Every individual is assessed and given a personalized treatment plan which states what goals will be worked on throughout the treatment sessions. The Therapist then looks at the client’s interests (e.g. art, music, reading, soccer, videogames, etc.) and finds activities and tasks, that when put through a task analysis, correlate to the goals needed to be worked on.
Example 1: The goal is to work on frustration tolerance and emotional regulation. One treatment session might include a type of competitive activity that requires waiting, taking turns, and following directions.
Example 2: The goal is to work on upper extremity fine and gross motor movement and the client enjoys art. One treatment session might include an art activity where the client would have to reach, grasp, and manipulate small objects.