Tips on Shaving for Teenagers who have Hemiparesis

This is a guest post by Marie Logan, OTR/L about teenagers and shaving when they have hemiparesis.  As children mature into teenagers there are undoubtedly times of transition that can be a bit awkward for them as well as their parents. As they grow older we expect our teenagers to begin to take care of them self. So what happens when your teenager is going through all of these changes and has a form of motor impairment such as hemiparesis? {Read More}

Play Doh Connect Four

Play Doh Connect Four is a fun activity that was created by Marie Logan, an Occupational Therapist with UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic.  This activity is a great way to combine the benefits of using play doh, and the fun of playing connect four while working on hand, wrist, and forearm skills.  In order to play you need to have two different colors of play doh and a vertical surface to stick the play doh onto. To start playing the game, you {Read More}

Ribbon Christmas Tree

This ribbon Christmas tree activity is the most awesome therapy activity ever. It incorporates practicing tying into a nice craft that looks beautiful when it is done. The kids all loved it, and they were all very proud of what they had accomplished. Most of the kids started the activity by saying that they didn’t know how to tie. By the end of the activity, all of them were tying their knots by themselves. I did have to go back {Read More}

When Kids Chew on Pencils

Many kids have a tendency to chew on pencils, and it is not usually a problem (sometimes just gross), but when the chewing becomes extreme, it can become a problem.  In cases that become problematic, you can try to have the student replace the chewing behavior by giving them something to chew on that is more appropriate.  Some people have had success using gum, others may use a water bottle with a bite valve, and others may use a chewable {Read More}

Using Motor Skills While Making Ice Cream

We have a challenge this summer to make things and experiment with making different stuff.  We decided to start off our challenge with making ice cream, and the first type of ice cream that we made only needs 3 ingredients, some ziplock baggies, ice, salt, and physical activity. Ingredients: 1/2 cup of heavy cream 1 tablespoon of sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla You also need ice, 1/3 cup of salt, 2 small baggies, and 2 large baggies. You first pour {Read More}