Treatment Idea: Penny Games

Tuesday’s Treatment Idea

One of the most popular items in my school bag is my book of Penny Games. The kids love to work for it as a reward, and sometimes I will first have them copy the directions to their chosen game to add in a bit of handwriting practice. One of my favorite games in the book is the One Cent Slide.

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I love this for the mid-range control and eye tracking. I also will turn the book sideways to change up the challenge a little bit.

 

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Here’s another fun game: Penny Soccer. Works great for finger isolation and control.

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Feed the Fish is another fun game for mid-range control. It takes quite a bit of control to avoid the shark’s mouths — and even more to keep the penny from sliding all the way off the book!

 

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And did I mention that kids love these games? What about you, are there any fun books like Penny Games in your school bag arsenal?

Treatment Idea: Frozen Gummy Bears

Tuesday’s Treatment Idea

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Here’s a quick tip I heard about recently: If you’re looking for additional options for chewy snacks for proprioceptive input, you can freeze some gummy bears to make them chewier! Plus, most gummy bears are gluten free, but check with the manufacturer of the specific brand you are planning to use, just to be sure.

Treatment Idea: Crayola Color Switchers

We all get stuck in a rut with our therapy sometimes. It’s always nice to have fresh ideas, so every Tuesday, I hope to bring you something new.

Tuesday’s Treatment Idea

I had been using the older version of the Crayola Color Switchers, the Crayola Changeables for quite some time and they were becoming harder and harder to find. I was so excited to see this updated version at my local office supply store!

You use the colored side like a regular marker, and the white side is used to change the color. I use these a lot for tracing, especially the basics like lines and shapes. They really help the kids get the concept of tracing. When they go past the line, nothing happens, so it’s easy to redirect them to go back and trace right on the line. You could also easily practice tracing letters, numbers, and the child’s name as well.

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I also use these with the older kids, to practice their proprioceptive awareness when writing. I have them write a “secret message” with the white side of the marker. We let it dry, then color over it with the colored side. They get to practice their letters with minimal visual feedback. Hopefully, when we reveal the message, their letters are legible and well formed and spaced correctly! And if I can’t “decode” their secret message, we practice again!

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It’s great that the new version now has the white marker on each end of the marker. The older version just had one white marker for the whole set, and when it would start to dry out, the whole set would be pretty much useless.

I’ve recommended these markers to several parents and teachers, and they all really liked them. I love these markers so much, I gave them to all of my OT friends for Christmas!

Have you used Crayola Color Switchers? How else do  you use them for therapy?

Welcome

Ina

Hello, my name is Ina. I’m a pediatric occupational therapist, and I like to share.

That’s basically the premise of this blog, PediatricOT.info. I am passionate about occupational therapy and have been working as a pediatric OT since 2000. I love it when I find a great website or resource, or when I stumble upon an awesome treatment idea, I want to immediately share it with other therapists. Or when my colleagues share a really helpful resource with me, and in turn I want to share it again with even more people.

At the same time, I’ve loved blogging since 2002, when the word “blog” wasn’t even a mainstream word yet. I’ve had plans to create this blog for many years, and I am finally going for it and making it into a reality.

I am hoping that PediatricOT.info will become a great resource where pediatric OTs can go to find out about the latest OT-related news, get some inspiration and ideas for treatment, brush up on the latest research and evidence, and share their own thoughts and ideas with other OTs.

Occupational therapy is an ever changing and growing profession, and I think we should always be growing and learning along with it. Even within a specialized field such as pediatrics, there are so many subspecialties, such as sensory integration, feeding, and school-based practice. There is so much to learn as a pediatric OT, we could never get bored!

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