I love this recycling project
Friday, April 22, 2011
I always thought that those orange holders at the Trader's Joe store designed to clip onto the card and hold flowers would be useful for hippotherapy. So I asked and the store manager gave me one.
The cones fit in perfectly and I was able to attach the holder onto the side of the basketball stand. This freed up my hands and positioned the holder in a nice location for reaching while inserting cones. I like teaching the kids to turn them over in order to make them fit-a good concept to work on with 2-3 year old cutie pies.
One child was able to do this while standing on top of the horse and then squatting to insert each cone/standing to receive another. This worked on motor planning, sequencing, postural control and balance as he reached toward the cone holder from the squat position.
Source: Occupational Therapy Cone Activities by RecyclingOT
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I suggest teaching how to close a zipper by having the child stand up wearing a jacket with a pretty large zipper. Stand behind the child so that you both have the same perspective. The jacket is easier to manipulate while standing rather than bunched up on the lap.
Zipping is complex so I suggest using the backward chaining teaching method. this involves teaching the last step first. Consider attaching a cute toy or pin to the zipper tab to make pulling up easier. Then YOU connect the zipper together and place the child's nondominant hand to pull down on one jacket side while the other hand pulls the zipper upward.