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Using a Water Gun to Propel a Ball

Water guns are a great finger strengthening tool, and when it gets hot, water is a welcome part of therapy. I had used water guns to fill up a cup with water and make a ping pong ball rise. I was trying to think of other activities that use…
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Balloon Volleyball

Balloon Volleyball is such a simple game to play that is fun for young and old. It can be played standing up or sitting down, although when sitting down, someone will need to retrieve the balloon when it is out reach. I don’t think I need…
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Making a Crash Pad

A crash pad is a big foam filled squishy mat that you can fall onto and you land on the squishy foam. Crash pads are great fun for kids who like a lot of movement and body input since they can roll around in the big foam nest. Kids need to always…
foam shapes and squigs are great to put on the glass
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Fun foam on the Mirror

One of my absolute favorite activities with young kids is playing with fun foam shapes on a mirror. It works well in the bathtub, shower, or on a glass door too. You spay the glass surface with water (great squeezing activity) and then the foam…
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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…
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Putting Ourselves In A Box To Help Parent’s Think Outside Of Theirs

There is an awesome new product in the shop that was created by a pediatric PT and a Speech therapist.  It is a set of cards focused on early intervention development and activities called 1-2-3 Just Play With Me.  I will let the creators…
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Tummy Time - The Basics

What is tummy time? Why is it used? Is it necessary? Tummy time is when you have your baby spend some awake time on their stomach. It is a fairly recent term that was started after the "Back to Sleep" campaign began here in the United States. Let's…
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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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Go Baby Go Project gets little kids powered mobility

There is a Physical Therapy professor at University of Delaware named Cole Galloway who has a mission to get young children mobile, and uses ride on toys from Toys R Us.  He modifies them to fit the child’s specific needs, and even incorporates…
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Shoelaces to help with learning to tie shoes

I love sharing products that were created by therapists.  Last year I did a post about some little practice shoes called Loopers Laces.  The practice shoes were not meant to be worn, but just meant to be practiced with and help with the process…
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Summer Ice Bowling

In therapy I use bowling as a part of many different activities, and to target many different skills, such as scooter board bowling, bowling in a swing, and bowling on a balance board. For summer, I thought we would try a little ice bowling. To…
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Follow therapists on Pinterest to get ideas

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, you need to go check it out.  Pinterest is a place where you “pin” pictures that link back to the original website.  It is a great way to save ideas that you want to go back to, and it is also…
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Seated Balloon Volleyball

I have been working in skilled nursing this summer, and it is very different from the therapy that I do with kids. There are some things that transcend age groups though and that people want to have fun. What is fun for a child is not necessarily…
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Pool Noodle Batting and Hitting Suspended Balls

Pool noodles make great bats, and have several factors that make them perfect for the job in therapy. You can cut them to just the right length for the person using them They are soft so if you get hit by it, it won’t hurt you They…
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Pool Writing Using Sponges

The pool is a fun and important place to spend time in during the summer months. You can add some fun word activities and even incorporate some writing to the fun of summer. I cut up some packs of sponges (but you could use craft foam just…
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A video on how to make Tri-wall

Triwall is cardboard that is 3 layers thick.  In therapy we use it to make floor sitters and other positioning devices.  It is nice and strong, and easy to cut and glue together.  Here is a video I found on the web about how to…
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Paper Towel Roll Marble Run

I ran across a blog that posts projects that they have done using only recycled toilet paper and paper towel rolls.  It is called TPcraft.com.  They have a post where they made a magnetic marble run using paper towel rolls.  It looks really…
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Using Sidewalk Chalk and Squirt Guns for Fine Motor

Playing with sidewalk chalk can work on and use a lot of different skills during therapy, and is a good activity. Using short pieces of chalk forces the fingers to use a tripod grasp, by using the index, second finger, and thumb. Writing on…
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Cardboard Bricks

These cardboard bricks are a large motor building toy that creates fun during other activities by incorporating the building and knocking down element. The best part about these bricks is that they are so much fun to knock down. When…
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Kid-O-Bilibo

The Kid-O Bilibo is a toy that is the shape of a turtle shell. It reminds me of one of the large pieces of equipment that I use in therapy to balance on, but on a much smaller scale. It couldn’t be used exactly the same, but it has its own…
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paraplegic exoskeleton

This is kind of a cool article on a walking device for paraplegics. http://abledbody.com/techtalk/2010/07/16/robotic-suit-helps-paralyzed-walk-again/ You can read the full article.