The WOW Cup is Really Cool

You see infomercials, and can’t believe all of the claims they have, so when I saw the WOW cup, I got it to test it out and see if it really did work. I have to say, the Wow Cup works, and it is really cool. It does not spill at all, and you sip from the rim just like you would from a regular open cup. In order to drink from it though, you do have to be able {Read More}

Honey Bear Cup

In some therapy circles, the honey bear is an obvious adaptation that is used to help kids learn to drink from a straw. I was unaware of this great use of a honey bear for many many years, and it was kind of a “duh” moment when I learned about using it. You don’t actually have to use a honey bear, and I have used condiment squeeze bottles as well because I did not want to wait until I finished {Read More}

Play with Scooping Ice Cream for Skill Development

Scooping is an important skill to have, and can easily be worked on in a fun and playful way. I decided to have fun with it with an ice cream scooping session, using large home made pom poms as the scoops of ice cream. I neglected to make toppings which the child working on the skill insisted we needed, so if you plan ahead, you can make toppings out of felt to sprinkle on. Since I didn’t plan ahead as {Read More}

Mixing straw drinking fun with fine motor fun

How could you get any more OT than mixing an oral motor, ADL, and fine motor activity into one.  I found these build your own straws called Pipeline at Bed Bath and Beyond, and just had to try them.  They seem to be the same thing as the Strawz that I found on Amazon too. They come in a pack with clear plastic straw sections and the colored rubber connectors.  They are also dishwasher safe, which is very important to {Read More}

Having fun with straw drinking

Drinking from a straw can be a challenge for some kids, and it can be a scary thing for those who don’t know what to do or expect.  An OT friend of mine named Sharon mentioned that she and the kids love to use the Got Milk Magic Flavored Straws when working on straw drinking. The straw is filled with little flavor pellets that dissolve in the milk as it flows up through the straw to your mouth.  The ends {Read More}