I need some ideas for doing my own

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Registered: 05-02-2003
I need some ideas for doing my own
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Fri, 02-11-2005 - 4:24pm
Ot with Christopher.I got some things today and any other ideas would be great.He has low tone in his hands so I got playdough,squishie balls to squeeze,a tote filled with dry beans to practice pouring and scooping.His body does not work well with his hands and eyes so I got a mini golf set(one with a small ramp,tunnels,ect to hit the ball through) some stomping stilts,some balls to throw into a bucket,some bubbles to clap pop,dont break the ice game,my dad is going to make us a balance beam,we have a big excrise ball for bounceing,a tunnel,large heavy things to lift and carry,a sit and spin,He loves being rolled up in a blanket and draged on one too.What eles can I do?what about more heavy work ideas?What about ideas for messy hands?(he hates it but we need to work on it)What do your kids like doing best?Thanks ladies.Tammy
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Registered: 09-20-2004
Fri, 02-11-2005 - 11:02pm

Sounds like you are doing great!

You could also use shaving cream finger paint with (Gabriel loves it!). hmmm let me think...when Gabriel was little his OT would have him sit in his high chair and paint with pudding. Waterplay is great too - ds can't get enough of that.

As for heavy work - I let Gabriel help carry the groceries in and put the canned goods away. He pushes everything around the house. We have his sister sit in a laundry basket and he pushes it around. At school the teachers have him push the little boy with cerebal palsey in a stroller around teh halls. Have him wear his back pack everywhere(put books in it to make it heavier).

I think your doing a great job and all of your ideas you mentioned are great!

Kim

p.s. "the out of sync child has fun" book is a great resource

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Registered: 02-08-2005
Sat, 02-12-2005 - 3:22pm
I Agree, it sounds like your doing great. Kim, mentioned The Out-Sync-Child Has Fun. My Ds can't stand to have his hands messy either. There is an activity called "No-Mess Messy Play" Where you put paint inside a ziploc bag, rebag it again in a ziploc and duct tape it. That way your child can finger paint without actually touching the paint. I think we're going to try this one today. My Ds craves heavy lifting. We try to take him bowling during non-crowded hours. (He loves bowling, but not people bowling on a lane next to us.) The other thing is be careful if your son doesn't deal well with smells. Corbin can't stand cigarettes, unfortunately I haven't found a smoke-free bowling alley. GL and have lots of fun.
Sherri
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 02-13-2005 - 2:23am

The only other thing that we're considering doing is making one of those t-stools for sitting on (from the Out of Sync Child). 2 2x4x12's screwed together to make a T. I haven't tried it yet, but supposedly helps attention and balance. All your ideas sound great, I'll have to do some myself.

Hugs and good luck to you!
Mary

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Sun, 02-13-2005 - 2:28am

I really like your balance beam idea. Can you tell me how long and wide your dad plans to make yours?

Thanks,
Mary

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Sun, 02-13-2005 - 10:41pm
I am not sure.I just kind of told him that I wanted one and he said he would make it.With my dad I get what I get but usally it works out very good.I told him I wanted wide enough for Toddler feet to fit safely on it.When he brings it to me(hopefully soon)I will mesuar it and let you know.Tammy
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Mon, 02-14-2005 - 1:15pm

Tammy sounds like you are ready to go and you got some great ideas too!