Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Squeaky Toy to Promote Hand Use

This is a pillow with two attached  dog toys that squeak when pressed. First I put each toy inside a sock and then I sewed the sock onto the pillow. I created this to encourage weight bearing, especially with kids who don't want to touch anything. But today it came in very handy when working with a two year old blind little girl. She loved hearing the sounds while I helped her to press. She also loved the basketball hoop that makes sounds when pressed or a ball is inserted.This weight bearing toy is especially successful when going uphill with the child facing backwards since gravity then helps them to bear weight on hands. You can vary the textures for fun.

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