Halloween is almost here! Enjoy these festive “OT Tested and Kid Approved” Halloween activities while supporting your child’s development. Discover the therapeutic benefits of these Halloween inspired therapy activities to do at home or in the clinic.
Use this recipe for handwriting practice and executive functioning skills. Your child will benefit from the handwriting practice while practicing their sequencing skills to follow the directions for reach step. Have your child write out the steps before making their cookie… this strategy has always been an effective incentive to write a neat and sequential recipe with a sweet reward at the end. CLICK HERE
Keep in mind, from a sensory perspective, kids with sensory processing challenges appear as if they can’t seem to stop the need to keep touching things or constantly fidget when required to sit still. When it comes to sensory processing, your child’s nervous system responds to stress, overwhelm, excitement, or in some cases boredom, in different ways. In occupational therapy, we use fidgets to 1.) Help kids maintain their focus 2.) Help satisfy the need to constantly touch things 3.) Strengthen hands and fingers by providing a repetitive resistance exercise (squeezing and pinching).
Playing with slime can help satisfy a kid’s sensory need to constantly touch things for kids who are sensory seekers for touch input and can have a calming, regulating effect.
Pushing, pulling, stretching, rolling and pinching slime strengthen hands and fingers by providing a repetitive resistance exercise. Picking and pulling out hidden items out improves finger dexterity and precision.
Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween!