Thursday, December 18, 2014

Baby Gear Survey for Occupational and Physical Therapists

This post is for any occupational and physical therapists out there! I know some of you may have completed this survey in the past, but I'd really appreciate it if you would complete it one more time! My students and I need the information for a research project. Also, please forward the link to any OT's or PT's you know who may also be willing to help.

Thank you so much!!

https://uthsc.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1Zmbzj5lTwjwxud

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Make Your Own Sensory Tunnel! Therapy on a Shoestring Budget


This was a project completed by one of our Master's of Occupational Therapy students at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and posted with permission.




Do you know a child with sensory issues that you believe would benefit from a sensory tunnel? They are wonderful for obstacle courses and a variety of other therapeutic activities. Unfortunately, sensory tunnels can be expensive, costing over $100.00 at many therapy supply stores.  But on the positive side, there are inexpensive options.

The above sensory tunnel was made by a MOT student as a project for a pediatric class at UTHSC, and guess what? It costs less than $20.00! All that you need are two inexpensive "pop-up" laundry hampers and a needle and sturdy thread or some Duct tape.  Stitch or tape the hampers together, and you're good to go! Be sure to use the tunnel during a purposeful activity. For example, have the child crawl through the tunnel to retrieve a desired item at the opposite end.  Have fun!!!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

A Fun Activity for Visual Perceptual Skills and Following Directions

This was a project completed by one of our Master's of Occupational Therapy students at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and posted with permission.


Here is a simple and wonderful activity for working on a variety of skills, including visual perception, motor planning skills, and following directions.

Materials needed:

1 foam board or thin piece of plywood
Chalk Paint
Colored Chalk
Scrap pieces of felt
Popsicle sticks
Matchbox car

Paint the board and let it dry for 3 days. Use the colored chalk to draw any arrangements of roads. Decorate the board with signs and other fun ideas using felt pieces and Popsicle sticks.

This activity addresses multiple skills. Have the student maneuver the car to a destination that you give either verbally or written. You can also give specific directions (verbally or written), For example, "take the first left, then the second right, go straight at the stop sign and park beside the tree." The board can be made more elaborate to include tunnels (made from 1/2 of of a toilet paper roll), houses, and bridges. As you see, the activity can be graded up or down, based on the child's abilities!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pediatric OT Tips is Celebrating One Million Pageviews!!!

Pediatric OT Tips recently passed 1,000,0000 pageviews! 

To celebrate, I gave away 5 copies of my parenting book, "Retro Baby." I messaged each winner via Facebook, so be sure to check your inbox if you signed up for the drawing!


 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Here's a Tip: Have Fun with Qtips during therapy!


The UTHSC Masters of OT students recently completed a number of awesome media projects! For the assignment, each student was given the name of a common household item.  They were instructed to design a creative, appropriate therapy activity for a patient with a specific diagnosis. They did an amazing job! This media project was submitted by Emma.
Common household object - Qtip.    
Children typically enjoy doing an arts and crafts project.  Here are some examples of fun pictures that she can make with the Qtips for different times throughout the year.  Examples included a skeleton for Halloween, snowflakes for winter, and a heart for Valentine’s Day.   


Supplies that are needed are construction paper, Q tips, and glue. 

Skills Used:
In order to pick up the Q tips, a child will need to use a pincer grasp. This activity will help improve manipulative skills and eye-hand coordination. This activity can be made more challenging by having the child cut the Qtips independently.  Generally, I would have them already cut for her before therapy started. 
 Posted with permission of MOT student, Emma E.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tennis Ball Mania!!! Therapy on a Shoe String Budget


The UTHSC Masters of OT students recently completed a number of awesome media projects! For the assignment, each student was given the name of a common household item.  They were instructed to design a creative, appropriate therapy activity for a patient with a specific diagnosis. They did an amazing job! This media project was submitted by Rochelle. Her common house hold item was a tennis ball!

Materials Needed:

Tennis Ball
Colorful Sharpies
Coins or Buttons
Decorative Pieces of Choice (markers, stick-on eyes, etc.)       

Directions:
-Cut a mouth in the tennis ball
-Decorate the ball

-Hold the ball with one hand
-Open the mouth by squeezing the ball
-Place coins or buttons in the mouth using the opposite hand
video

This activity addresses fine motor skills, bilateral skills, hand strength & motor coordination and addresses tactile awareness while providing proprioceptive input.
 Posted with permission of MOT student, Rochelle L.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Easy Activity for Following Directions: Therapy on a Shoestring Budget

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Masters of Occupational Therapy students recently completed a number of awesome media projects! For the assignment, each student was given the name of a common household item.  They were instructed to design a creative, appropriate therapy activity for a patient with a specific diagnosis. They did an amazing job! This first media project was submitted by Megan. Her common house hold item was a sponge!
 
Items Needed:
 Scissors
Different Colors of Kitchen Sponges
A Variety of Drinking Cups in Different Colors and Sizes
 
 Use a marker to form various shapes on the sponges and cut out each shape.
Tell the child which sponge (blue circle, red square, etc) to pick up and where to place it (under the red cup, next to the green cup, inside the yellow cup, etc.). This activity addresses memory, spatial relations and following directions. 



Posted with permission of the students