Fasten-ator

Here is a therapist who created the fasten-ator.  Her website is www.school-ot.com, and the page for her fasten-ator is www.school-ot.com/My%20Products.html.  Her name is Jennifer Dodge.  Here is what she says on her site about her product. “I designed and sewed up the prototype (in the picture above) for this after trying to work with a 5th grade boy who had Downs Syndrome. He had a hard time with his pants buttons and zipper, and would come out of the bathroom {Read More}

Tea Party

A tea party is fun for both young and old.  It is even more fun when you use a nice china tea set and fancy linens.  It can be really fun and motivating when real food and real drink is used.  Preparation and clean-up is of course a big part of the activity, and can really target visual motor skills.  It is never bad to practice washing dishes. There are so many skills that having a tea party works on, such as {Read More}

Gag reflex or not?

I have done many evaluations for feeding and oral motor skills where I am called in because the child is gagging on solid food.  Many times this is the case, and we have to work on desensitizing to lumpy food, and work on oral motor skills so that they can move the lumps around in their mouths better.  There have been several cases though where the child eats lumpy and crunch food, but still gags sometimes.  It turns out that the {Read More}