Sorry, I am too lazy to think of a headline right now. Maybe I should go to sleep (snort).
Well, I’m having fun with Gabriel’s at-home therapy, and he’s mostly having fun with it, too. I’ve been racking my brain to come up with activities to strengthen both his fine and gross motor skills, as well as activities that will de-sensitize him somewhat to “icky” textures. I’m also working with him to boost both his balance and general endurance.
So, to cover all those things, I’ve been having him finger-paint, put piles of buttons into a piggy bank, pick up cotton balls with ice tongs and transfer them from one bowl to another, play with a craft beading kit, play with Play-doh, walk on a strip of masking tape on the carpet as if it were a tightrope, balance on a giant balance ball, play tug-of-war with me, walk on his hands while I hold his feet (wheelbarrow), jump on an indoor trampoline, hop on one foot … okay, I think you get the idea. He’s having a grand old time. If you have any more ideas that are in this vein, please share!
Before I started trying to think of therapeutic things for Gabriel to do, I looked at several online catalogues catering to kids with special needs. I was flabbergasted at the prices they charge for most of their products. Just absolutely ripping people off. Like this balance trainer you could buy for $159, or you could buy something roughly equivalent at Target for $99. It pays to shop around.