In this series of articles, Occupational Therapist, Sarah Keene shares practical insights and travel games for both families and professionals alike to use in their daily therapy regimens.
The 7 Best Therapy Bag Tools
Being a mobile therapist can be tricky! This therapist brings a bag of tricks on wheels wherever I go! Here are my favorite therapy tools and travel games that are both easy to travel with and consistently successful with my kiddos.
Thera-putty promotes fine-motor strength and can help work on a child’s pincer grasp.
Fun trick: hide pennies, pony beads or other small manipulative objects inside and have the kiddos hunt for treasure!
Long pencils and markers give children too much space to learn an inefficient grasp. Try using a 1 inch broken crayon, pip squeak markers, Flip crayons (from Handwriting Without Tears) or crayon rocks to help train those little fingers.
Children’s tweezers are a great way to practice a tripod grasp! You can get creative with craft poms and tweezers by playing pickup to music or involving a dice with pickup!
Scooters are a great way to get active. Have the child lay on their belly and pull themselves around an obstacle course to work on core, trunk and arm strength.
Have a kiddo that needs a little support transitioning? Or a reminder to stay focused? Try using a timer. You can use the timer on your phone for an extra auditory cue or one with lights for added visual support. My favorite changes colors from green (go), yellow (2 minute warning), and red (stop).
Sarah Keene OTR/L
Sarah, co-founder of Enablr Therapy, is an Occupational Therapist dedicated to promoting functional independence across all environments.
About Enablr Therapy
Enablr Therapy is an online marketplace providing high-quality and convenient therapy related services to families in need of flexibility in the Nashville, Tennessee area. Founded on the belief that everyone should have the tools available to actively live the best version of themselves, Enablr therapy has reimagined occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to make it as accessible as possible. Through forward thinking, technology and collaboration, therapy is available anytime and anywhere.
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