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OT Activities: Auditory Input

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kids-and-musical-instrumentsActivities You Can Do At Home
 – From CDI’s Occupational Therapists

Auditory Input
What we hear and is neuroanatomically connected with the vestibular sense.

Activities:
– Encourage your child to play with musical toys: whistles, party favor blow toys, plastic microphone

–  If a child is fearful of loud noises, let him control the volume on the stereo, exploring soft vs. loud music

–  Use a white noise machine, tabletop rocks-and-water fountain, or aquarium for background sound

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OT Activities: Tactile Input

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BEan Tray Activities You Can Do At Home
 – From CDI’s Occupational Therapists

Tactile Input
The sense of touch and includes texture, temperature, pressure, and more.

Activities:
 – Play with foamy soap or shaving cream, add sand for extra texture
 – Use finger-paint   
 – Mix cookie dough and cake batter, and so on
 – Use the playground sandbox or create your own at home  
 – Fill a bin with dry beans and rice or other materials and hide objects inside
 – Use clay such as play-dough   
 – Dress up in fun costumes to get used to the feel of unfamiliar clothing
 – Garden and/or repot indoor plants   
 – Play with make-up and face painting

[notice]More information: Child Development Institute is available to answer any of your questions about occupational therapy and to listen to your concerns about your child’s development. For more information on Occupation Therapy, email Director of Clinical Services, Tessa Graham or call 818-888-4559.[/notice]

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OT Activities: Vestibular Input

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Activities You Can Do At Home
 – From CDI’s Occupational Therapists

Monkey BarsVestibular Input
The sense of movement, centered in the inner ear, can be obtained by spinning and swinging, and to a lesser extent, any type of movement.

Activities:
 – Swing on playground swings, trying various types of swings and movements, such as front and back and side to side

 – Spin on a Sit n’ Spin or office chair                            

 – Hold your child’s arm and legs and spin him around like an airplane

 – Hang upside down from monkey bars    

 – Roll down a grassy hill

 – Run in circles

[notice]More information: Child Development Institute is available to answer any of your questions about occupational therapy and to listen to your concerns about your child’s development. For more information on Occupation Therapy, email Director of Clinical Services, Tessa Graham or call 818-888-4559.[/notice]

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OT Activities: Proprioceptive Input

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Activities You Can Do At Home
 – From CDI’s Occupational Therapists

Proprioceptive Input

TugSensations from joints, muscles and connective tissues that lead to body awareness can be obtained by lifting, pushing, and pulling heavy objects as well as by engaging in activities that compress (push together) or distract (pull apart) the joints.

 Activities:
– Tug of war    

– Make a “sandwich” by firmly pressing on your child’s arms legs and back with pillows

Burrito

– Make a “burrito” by rolling child up in a blanket   

– Push a stroller or cart filled with weighted objects such as groceries

– Jump on a mini-trampoline    

– Wear a backpack or fanny pack filled with toys (not too heavy!)

 

[notice]More information: Child Development Institute is available to answer any of your questions about occupational therapy and to listen to your concerns about your child’s development. For more information on Occupation Therapy, email Director of Clinical Services, Tessa Graham or call 818-888-4559.[/notice]

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OT Activities: Pre-Writing Skills

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Finger PaintingActivities You Can Do At Home
 – From CDI’s Occupational Therapists

Pre-Writing Skills

Here are some great activities to help develop your children’s pre-writing skills:

– Finger paint letters on paper   

– Paint with colored soap in the bathtub

– Trace letters in the sand with finger or stick  
Chalk

– Write letters on the sidewalk with chalk

– Form letters out of play dough or clay  

– Use a flashlight to make letters on the wall

– Use an easel to encourage wrist activity against gravity 

– Have your child lay on the floor while drawing to encourage forearm stability  

[notice]More information: Child Development Institute is available to answer any of your questions about occupational therapy and to listen to your concerns about your child’s development. For more information on Occupation Therapy, email Director of Clinical Services, Tessa Graham or call 818-888-4559.[/notice]

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OT Activities: Fine Motor Skills

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Activities You Can Do At Home
 – From CDI’s Occupational Therapists

Fine Motor Skills
Hand skills are crucial to successful handwriting. Small movements of the hand are referred to as fine motor skills. There are many fun activities you can do at home to encourage fine motor skills.  These activities often involve playing with toys that contain manipulation of small pieces.

Activities you can do at home with your children to build fine motor skills:

-Squirt water on plants with a spray bottle
 
Spray Bottle
 
-Play with play dough: roll it, use cookie cutters, make shapes, cut it with a  plastic knife or scissors. Hide small objects in play dough or silly putty and have your child find them
 
 
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-Use chopsticks, ice tongs, or tweezers to pick up cotton balls or other small objects
 
 Chopsticks

 

– Insert coins into piggy bank

Piggy Bank

[notice]More information: Child Development Institute is available to answer any of your questions about occupational therapy and to listen to your concerns about your child’s development. For more information on Occupation Therapy, email Director of Clinical Services, Tessa Graham or call 818-888-4559.[/notice]

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