Nature is necessary to our bodies -- Therapy Fun Zone
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The Need for Nature

In our crazy lives of work, school, computer, TV, and weekend activities, sometimes I feel like we are not getting our essential dose of nature. Life gets crazy and hectic, and we get stressed and over whelmed. I could have had a difficult…
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OT Life Hacks: #OTtips

In Occupational Therapy, our whole job is centered on making life a little easier and making sure that people can be successful.  Most of what I post about are activities to work on specific problem areas, but I have posted a few things that…
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Can we practice handwriting without a pencil, please?

Let me start by saying that I'm probably one of the few pediatric occupational therapists who needs help with arts and crafts!  No, seriously!  I am so thankful for the many wonderful websites and blogs whose authors share some of the most…
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Sensory Bird Feeders

A fun way to incorporate different sensory experiences, including food experiences, is to make pine cone bird feeders. I have three different types to make that each utilize a slightly different sensory experience. To start with, you…
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Keeping Active in the Summer: Tennis

It is Summer and the kids are out of school.  During school, the kids have recess and P.E. most days so they stay relatively active and work on many skills during school.  In the Summer, if left to their own devices, many kids will choose…
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New Vinyl Munchy Ball for Fine Motor

I am excited that the vinyl Munchy Balls are in the shop and they have great resistance to work on fine motor skills and hand strengthening.  The great thing about them being vinyl balls is that they are washable, which is important when working…
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Guess Who Clothespin Game

This is a guest post by Donna Abramson, OTR Opening and closing clothespins is a wonderful way for children to develop strength in the muscles of their hand, particularly the webspace - which helps them to hold the pencil with a correct tripod…
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Favorite Summer Toy: Six Water Play Tools for Fine Motor Skills

A group of therapist bloggers have gotten together to share what our favorite summer toys or activities are.  This post is about my favorite summer toy, which is playing with water via squirt guns and other water tools.  In order to see all…
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Osmo Is an Amazing New iPad Tool For Real Life Object Manipulation

I just heard about this new iPad tool that looks like it will be amazing for therapy.  It is not yet available, but you can pre-order it for 50% off, and I heard that the pre-order price is available until June 22.  It is called Osmo (referral…
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Visual Perceptual Class Program with accommodations

Here is a class program for visual perceptual problem areas, activities, and accommodations that I compiled from multiple sources.  I am unable to find those sources now, so if you know of them, let me know so that I can share them.
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Latex Free washable Munchy Ball

I searched and searched, and cut open a lot of balls to find one that would have a good resistance when squeezing it.  I wanted the ball to be not too difficult, but also not too easy.  I finally found one through a web store that sells printed…
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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,…
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Squint Junior Game for Visual Perception

I love playing the swish game for visual perception, and saw the Squint Jr Game , which has some similar components, so thought I would try it out. It has clear cards with lines on them that you have to match up to copy a design. In…
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Home Made Infinity Loop Toy

An Infinity Loop is a ball run that goes around and around, and you have to keep moving it to keep the ball on the run. Its beginning is its end and it just keeps going. I have quickly and easily made an infinity loop toy out of two sturdy…
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Greeper Laces Never Come Untied

Tying shoes is an important skill to learn, and there are many tricks that can be used, which I have posted about before. At some point, you may decide that the process of tying is no longer the goal, but just having your shoes tied is the important…
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Bouncy Balls are Great for Therapy

I love using bouncy balls in therapy, and use the small balls for in-hand manipulation as well as catching them in cups when they roll off of the table.  I use the balls in cups when I evaluate a child as it gives me a good idea of the student's…
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The Kaleidopaint App serves 2 purposes

I have written about coloring detailed geometric shape pages to work on hand and finger strengthening and visual perception in older students. You can buy a book of these coloring pages on Amazon, but you can also now make your own using the…
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Home Made Table Ice Hockey Game

This game takes a bit of time to put together, but it isn’t hard, and the materials are quite cheap.  I made the game originally to play in the pool, but I think that it actually works better played on a table, and I think that it would be…
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How Laughter Can Be Good Medicine for Occupational Therapists and Their Patients

Guest Post by Dr. Kurt Hubbard, OTR You’ve heard that old adage: Laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, as an occupational therapist or assistant, there are plenty of opportunities to inject a little levity into your regular routine…
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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…
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Weavable Toys by The Recycling OT

I am sure that you have heard of The Recycling OT (and if not, then you need to come play on the internet more).  Barbara’s (the recycling OT) claim to fame, and what she does best is cut up plastic detergent bottles to make toys and activities. …