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UnBuckle Me

At Therapy Fun Zone, we focus a lot on activities for children that develop their skills. However, I was recently contacted by an Occupational Therapist, who has invented a new product to help adults who struggle to unbuckle their child’s…
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Fine Motor Skills and Typing

When a child has difficulty with handwriting or can't keep up in class, many people jump to the statement that they can just type instead. But can they? There are a lot of fine motor skills that go into typing, and it takes years to master the…
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Working on Following Directions When Out

Going out to the store or out to eat can be a very stressful experience for some parents who have a child with special needs.  A lot of the stress comes from fear of the unknown, the potential for melt-downs, and not knowing whether you can…
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The Roll of OT in Driving Readiness with Adolescents most At Risk

The important role of Pediatric Occupational Therapy in “Driving Readiness” with Adolescents Most At Risk This is a guest post written by Missy Menzes, occupational therapist and founder of Extra Credit! LLC. For teenagers, driving is…
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Making Adapted Seating

I have been using coroplast for years to make things out of, and have used it to adapt seating, make clothespin games frames, make guinea pig cages, and to make other things around my house and therapy office.  It is a corrugated plastic, so…
adapting with sugru: therapy fun zone. It is an awesome moldable rubber
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Adapting With Sugru

Have you heard of Sugru? It is an Occupational Therapist’s dream come true – really it is. These are the things that we dream about. Sugru is a mold-able rubber that dries in 24hrs, and is then very strong. It sticks to practically everything…
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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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Switchamajig ipad app and switch interface for fun switch toys

I was just introduce to this new switch interface which uses the ipad as a switch.  The Switchamajig Controller lets you use your iPad's touch screen to replace up to six switches.  It looks pretty cool for kids who have the control…
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Low Tech solution from OT Tools

Another OT Blog that I enjoy reading is OT Tools for Public Schools.  She recently posted about using scrabble tiles for a student to write his name and do his spelling words.  She added velcro to the back of the tiles so that the student…