Make Your Own Zoom-Ball

Every clinic needs to have a Zoom Ball since it is so great for working on so many skills. You hold the handles and pull them out wide so that the zoom-ball moves along the two strings to the person holding the other handles. In order to make your own zoom ball, you just need two water bottles, scissors, two long pieces of string, and some duct tape. You cut the spout top of the bottles off, string the string {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}

Spatula Flip for hand strength and range of motion

Another activity that I had my son do while working on strengthening his hand and forearm after his broken arm, is flipping bean bags with a spatula. I did not have any bean bags, so I put some beans in a baggie and taped it closed. To make the game interesting, I taped some pictures of pancakes onto the bags so that he would be flipping pancakes. He found it very difficult to do with any accuracy, and said that {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}