When selecting gifts for your childre...

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Registered: 03-19-2003
When selecting gifts for your childre...
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Fri, 03-26-2004 - 9:29am

When selecting gifts for your children, do you look for......?



  • Educational toys
  • Books
  • Educational video/DVD/computer software
  • Special interest item/something they've asked for
  • Something you think they'll just enjoy
  • Grab anything....you've run out of time to look!


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 03-30-2004 - 6:31pm
I put a lot of thought into gifts for Ariel. Everything I get her or suggest someone gets her is from a therapy point of view. What will help her her motor/fine motor skills? etc...
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 03-30-2004 - 7:05pm

That's a terrific idea...and often works out so well!

 


 



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Registered: 10-21-2003
Wed, 03-31-2004 - 7:02pm
I used to think just along the lines of educational toys; but then I realized that almost EVERY toy could be used as educational or helpful with PT, OT. Bowling pins and bowling balls (the plastic ones)--coordination skills (rolling the ball), resetting the pins (by the child-motor skills galore!) then it's ALSO fun. Our EI showed me many ways that board games ARE great for motor skills in my DD...picking up the dice and then letting them go (DD has atheoid cp- or extrapyramidal cp according to her neuro and grasp reflex is something that needs major work-still!LOL). So now I find the stuff she enjoys and then modify it to suit our needs.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 03-31-2004 - 8:00pm

Isn't it funny that we can look at something and find another use for it...most likely as you suggested a form of therapy or learning tool for our kids!

 


 



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Registered: 10-21-2003
Wed, 03-31-2004 - 8:28pm
Another thing about the wooden blocks. Drill a hole through the middle and run a string through them. Attach one end of the string to a wooden base and a big, easy to hold, knob at the other and voila, the unccordinated child can suddenly make a standing up straight tower of blocks!!!! My DD loved it. She doesn't have the skills to stack blocks, but now she can. And she gets the Well didn't I show you look in her eyes as well.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 04-01-2004 - 6:12am

That's a terrific idea...and one that allows every child an immediate reward for success!