Friday, December 19, 2008

Reaching with the Sword

I bought this foam sword at the dollar store and use it in many different ways. This boy is demonstrating great bilateral hand skills as he balances on the walking horse. Some children go into a 2 point stand to reach for the plastic pieces or while placing them on the sword. Other children hold the sword to insert it into the plastic shapes that I hold in different positions. Because the sword is a lot of fun children visually focus and are motivated to say or sign "more" or "more toys".

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist

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