I love this stuff. Way back, us therapists had to order blah putty from rehab suppliers and although it worked, it was just, blah. Crazy Aaron has a variety of putty and kids love it. Adults love it. Other than being fun, and a tactile experience, what do therapists use it for?
Most of my kiddos I see at Learning Charms need hand and finger strengthening and tendon excursion. These things are necessary for proper fine motor skills (think handwriting and arts).
Often I use it initially for preschoolers who are not exhibiting a functional crayon grasp, such as in the picture here. In this picture, this little girl is using a whole hand grasp for drawing. She also has difficulty with buttoning, cutting and manipulating small items.
I am happy to annoucne that Learning Charms and Bedford Falls Toy Shop (Park Road Shopping Center) have partnered together.
Bedford Falls Toy Store is locally owned and has been in business since 1988. It is located in the Park Road Shopping Center and has a great selection of toys and books for kids of all ages.
I will be doing a "Best Toys" talk at Bedford Falls on Thursday, November 18th from 11-12:30. I will have a selection of childhood developmental toys ("O.T. Picks") and games on display that parents can browse. I will also be available to answer questions or help you select a toy or game based on your childs' interests or needs.
In addition, we will be putting together a fine motor and handwriting area so that parents can buy supplies for handwriting and fine motor development. Yea!
About the blogger: Stephanie Wick is a pediatric occupational therapist that founded and is lead O.T. at Learning Charms.
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