Favorite Activities to Work on Shoulder Girdle Strengthening

The shoulder girdle is very important in the functioning of the arms and the hands.  In order to use your hands efficiently, you need to have strong, stable shoulders for your arms to work off of.  Kids need to be able to easily reach up against gravity and to reach out for objects.  It is hard to control what your hand is doing when you can’t control your shoulder very well, so I am going to share some of my {Read More}

In hand manipulation skills using broken crayons

In order to work on in-hand manipulation skills with some kids, I decided to use little pieces of broken off crayon.  I had them hold two crayons at the same time, one in their palm, and one in their fingers.  Then I had them draw a shape (I had circles and rainbows) with one color, manipulate the crayons in their hand to switch to the next one, and draw with the other color. This was a challenge for all of {Read More}

A Magnet Game for Wrist Strengthening

Once my son was able to get good active wrist extension after his broken arm, I began to think of ways to work on strengthening his wrist extension. He is at an age that he will do repetitive exercises, but I still wanted a game that would give motivation for getting the wrist extended to a certain degree. I used a one pound wrist weight to give a good strengthening component, and tied a little Neodymium Magnetic Push Pin onto {Read More}

Recovering range of motion and strength after a broken arm

Back in October, my son fell when we were ice skating, and he broke his right arm. It started healing wrong and had to be re-broken to set it properly. He was casted in a full arm cast in wrist flexion. His arm was immobilized for more than two months, so when he got his cast removed, he could not get his wrist extended to neutral passively. He also had trouble closing his fingers into a fist. He did not {Read More}

Quick Tip: Importance of Home Programs

Home programs are almost more important than therapy.  When working in early intervention, I give a home program every week for them to work on something specific that week.  I can tell the next week if they have been doing it or not.  I see changes over the week in the ones that have been doing it, and usually don’t see any changes in the ones that haven’t been doing their home program. Looking to find printable activities? You can {Read More}