The Monkey Hand Exerciser

I have wanted to post about this little Pediatools monkey pediatric hand exerciser for about a year now, but I had only seen it on the internet, and had never seen one in person, so I didn’t know if I loved it. Now that I have seen it and tried it, I can honestly say that I love it. It is made of a similar material as the stretchy string, and is essentially a ball with flat edges and finger {Read More}

Hammock swing for strengthening

A hammock swing is wonderful for strengthening in many different ways.  My favorite position in a hammock swing is prone with just the head and arms sticking out.  This position forces weight bearing on the arms, and works on full upper body strengthening as well as core strengthening. I usually place things around under the hammock, but just out of reach so that the client has to pull themselves along to reach the toys.  It is great to encourage movement, {Read More}

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 make your own triwall. Looking to find printable activities? You can find them in the community shop

Dycem: It’s the stickiest

I haven’t used Dycem for years since I haven’t been in a clinic for years. When I work on my own and in other people’s houses, I tend to use whatever is available there. For those who don’t know what Dycem is, it is a sticky non-slip rubber that can be placed to stabilize objects, help open jars, keep plates from sliding, keep people from slipping, build up handles, etc. It is a really great product that can be used {Read More}

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 could stick them to felt. Looking to find printable activities? You can find them in the community shop