Therapist designed box of finger fun! Includes tasks to work on small muscle control of the fingers. Materials include a custom-made adjustable butterfly device, a pencil-like magnetic device, small container, chips, wooden balls, shoelace & instructions for completing unusual and motivating challenges for the hand and fingers from the finger muscles needed for writing.
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ball skills Bilateral motor coordination calming cooperative games crossing midline cutting dyspraxia fine motor coordination gross motor group activities handwriting in-hand manipulation inside activities messy play motor planning obstacle course pencil use preschool recess sensory sensory processing shoetying story starters strengthening tactile upper body strength vestibular; balance visual motor skills writing
We currently carry over 35 products developed by working therapists, teachers and parents, and over the years there have been many, many more. Typically, makers of products are looking for the next big thing, the next yo-yo or fidget spinner. Although that would be great, here at PFOT, we are OT's ourselves. We know how the smallest item may have a huge impact and value to the right client. So big or small - all ideas are taken very seriously.
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Rona's Design Copy:
Rona is a therapist at a school for very high functioning students with learning disabilities. As a result, this is not your usual design copying book. It is divided into sections from the very basic to expert or black diamond level. There are 75 designs. Some copied right next to the original design, some on a separate sheet of paper, some with the full grid. some without. There's a level for each of your clients to work on.
This is a modified version of the competitive "Save the Pizza" game. Now team members work together to complete an obstacle course without dropping their pizza box. Obstacles can include stepping over & around "boulders" (objects); Crawling under or through "tunnels" (tables/desks); Carefully crossing a "highway with speeding traffic" (large balls rolled toward them); "Jumping over a river of snakes" (a wiggling jump rope). How many pizza's can your team deliver before time is up?
Here is a Parent Permission Form that you may download and use prior to initiating the use of or trial of any weighted-compression item. Please edit, add letterhead & complete prior to sending home with a client. Share with others!
Find permission slip here!
Find permission slip here!
Remind groups to remember the order of players. Begin again with the same object, following the same order of players! When it has been tossed to the 3rd player, begin tossing the next object. How many objects can the group keep going at once?
Quicksand Partners: In a large space, mark off a play boundary. Then fill the space with various size hoops, shapes or ropes laid in circles of varying diameters. Play in teams of 2 - a hiker and a rescuer. The hikers must start on any side of the play area and jump over the hoops, shapes and ropes to get to the other side. If they land in one of the shapes/hoops, they are stuck in quicksand and can not move until they catch a bean bag tossed to them by their rescuer, who is anywhere outside of the play area. You decide how many tries - bean bags can be used each time to get "unstuck". (A variation for older students, may be that they only get 5 tries for the whole course. For some, place a black paper /"rock" in the middle of a wide diameter that may be too large to clearly jump over.)