Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I worked with a 2 year old today who just loved my squeaky ball. I can't show his face because I didn't have permission, but you can just imagine how much fun he was having reaching to touch the ball and hearing the squeak. this is a great way to have fun, working on reach, balance, following directions and postural control and he even signed to keep going more.....
Monday, April 18, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I placed the shapes inside the pocket that I sewed on top a towel so that they have to pull them out. First I introduce this activity with the towel in front of them, then to make it more challenging I place the towel behind the child so that he or she needs to reach behind to pull the shapes out of the pocket. Swords are fun toys since kids are familiar with them from watching movies and they seem to motivate more than the usual ring stack does-and they get to practice using both hands together.
Monday, April 11, 2011
I use a lot of vibrating toys with my hippotherapy kids, especially the kids on the autism spectrum who seem to find vibration relaxing. The sound attracts their attention, helping them to focus and the input makes ordinary activities more exciting. Here is a video of Maria Hurley, my hipoptherapy partner giving her horse some vibration in preparation for hippotherapy work.