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 very excited to announce our partnership with Toys & Co! As you know, Toys & Co. has two great stores in Charlotte (both within 2-3 miles to Learning Charms). My kids absolutely LOVE going to the stores and playing with the demos, riding the plasma cars and making birthday wish lists. As a therapist, I am always testing out new toys and games to see which ones are the best for boosting specific developmental skills. Toys & Co. will be assisting Learning Charms in a few ways: 1) they will be graciously letting us demo new toys each week in our Mommy & Me
About the blogger: Stephanie Wick is a pediatric occupational therapist that founded and is lead O.T. at Learning Charms.
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