Friday 5! Session ideas to help you keep swimming

By April 21, 2017Friday Five

Hi there!

With April typically being a rainy month, we decided to have a bit of a water theme for this week’s Friday 5. Take a look:


Swim by Jack’s Mannequin

Lyric Discussion with Swim
Possible Goals: Increase feelings of hope, Explore coping skills, Encourage self-expression
Provide printed lyrics and a writing utensil. Play the song (live or recorded) and have your client(s) circle or underline parts that stand out to them or that they relate to. Encourage discussion through questions like: What is the message or theme of the song? Why do you think this person wrote the song? Who is it for? What lyrics do you relate you (and why)?
Adaptations: For quieter groups, you can split the group into pairs or smaller groups to discuss a certain section of the song (ex/verse 1, chorus, etc.) and have a spokesperson from each group share afterwords. You can also have clients write down what helps them to “keep swimming” and use that as a basis for songwriting.

Ocean Drum
Great for relaxation and for clients with attention goals or muscle control. You can see how to play it here.

This is Water by David Foster Wallace
Originally an commencement speech, this genuine video hits on mindfulness, kindness, and positive thinking in a way that doesn’t make you roll your eyes.

Q: What did the ocean say to the beach?
A: Nothing, it just waved.
(Sea what I did there?) 😛


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That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend!
– Hannah and Matt


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