learning through play
tony - wedge seat
Tony is demonstrating a wedge seat. A wedge seat could be used to facilitate greater body awareness at a table with the intent to reduce fidgeting and provide better posture and positioning.
erin - slant board
Erin is holding a slant board which raises a child's writing or drawing task to a better angle within their field of vision, stabilizes the paper, and also allows for better positioning of their wrist and fingers.
sarah p. - parachute
Sarah P. is demonstrating a parachute which helps to provide auditory, tactile, and visual input to an infant or toddler who is learning to process their world.
marie - lacing cards
Marie is showing some lacing cards which are excellent for bilateral coordination, that is, both halves of the body working together to perform a task at midline. Lacing cards also help with patterning and sequencing the steps of a task.
julia - play doh
Julia is holding good ol' Play Doh. The exploration of various wet and dry textures are imperative for children to be successful as it improves dexterity and also the understanding of how objects feel. Think of all the crafts children build in preschool and Kindergarten!
jaclyn - toy tools
Jaclyn is modeling toy tools. The manipulation of tools such as toy hammers and screwdrivers, for example, help build hand strength and coordination. As clinicians, we aim for less screen time and more fine motor manipulative play time!
sarah c. - rotary disc
Sarah C. is sitting on a rotary disc. Vestibular processing, the ability to interpret movement, helps build balance, protective responses, and motor coordination.