Occupational therapy at home?
There is more than one option when it comes to your child receiving OT.
So your child has been going to occupational therapy (OT) sessions
and is making great progress, but what do you do during the vacations when everything comes to a halt for several weeks? There are a number of things you can do at home to reinforce what your kid is already learning at his formal OT sessions and to bridge the school holidays.
- Ask your child’s occupational therapist to suggest specific activities and exercises you can do together with your child at home.
- Work on your kid’s handwriting skills by having him or her form letters and words using finger paints on a suitable window or a large sheet of paper stuck to a wall, or by tracing them in shaving cream in an empty bath tub or on a big mirror. What fun!
- Join your kids in doing fun, exciting and age-appropriate arts and crafts projects using simple utensils such as scissors, crayons and glue-sticks.
- Play with your child. Try hopscotch, tossing bean bags, swinging, kicking and throwing balls and going to your nearest playground, all of which can help improve your kid’s balance, hand-eye-coordination and more. Remember that the business of childhood is playing and learning from it.
- With the assistance if your child’s occupational therapist, you may want to choose and order some professional OT equipment which is appropriate to your kid’s needs and which you can safely use at home.
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