For parents with young children, occupational therapy can be a great way to help a child with delayed developmental progress. Occupational treatment has helped children who fidget in class, or ones who struggled to follow words on paper.
But do you need an occupational therapist for all these issues? Depending on the severity of the problem, not every child will need to see a therapist weekly. However, every child can benefit from a few OT practices and activities. But what are these activities, and where should you begin?
Colleen, a mother and occupational therapist, provides a large list of easy and fun games that every parent and therapist can use with a child.
Her list is a result of a 31-day challenge, where she posted therapeutic treatments every day for a month.
Each day features a new activity to aid a child's progress in developmental, sensory, fine motor, gross motor, and visual perception areas. For example,
- Day 1 features visual tracking tools and tips that can help children read and write.
- Day 5 is dedicated to tricks and homemade toys that can help children learn to tie their shoes.
- Day 12 has some great hand strengthening activities.
- Day 16 provides handwriting warm-up exercises.
- Day 29 offers great ideas for a travel bag for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder.
The best part of the list: all of these therapeutic activities and tools are free or cheap to make. Colleen tries to use items you can easily find around the house, such as pom poms and bottle caps, or cut-out letters and used shoe laces. Her creative and cheap activities are helpful for any parent who wants to see their child stay to grow or work through common challenges like shoe-tying.
You're likely to find an activity for any common challenge on the Sugar Aunts blog. Colleen's list of activities is a great resource for both therapists and parents who need a fun way to encourage developmental growth.
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