Andrew is a great swimmer! He always has enjoyed being in the water and loves diving down for things like dive sticks and rings. People are always amazed at how comfortable he is in the water and I was encouraged to sign him up for swimming lessons so that he could learn the strokes and be on the swim team. I was a little reluctant to do this but thought I'd give it a try. Well, it didn't necessarily go the way I had hoped (not the first time and I'm positive it won't be the last!). The whole … [Read more...] about Exercise Ball Swimming
June is here and I cannot believe it! Time flies when you're having fun! I will be posting on some summer themed station activities to help make skill building and reinforcement a bit more fun. I got this idea from a company called Clever Catch that makes inflatable balls for classroom use to work on math facts. The balls are preprogrammed with things like numbers and equations and when the student catches the ball, they have to say or do what their eye sees first. A great way to keep … [Read more...] about Beach Ball Questions
Ahhhh...the nap mat! How I would love to have a mandatory nap time. Perhaps I’ll carry this around with me and when I get tired whip it out and take a nap. Wouldn’t that be awesome!! This is something I picked up two years ago at the beginning of the school year for Andrew to use during nap time. This year, they had quiet time but not nap time so the nap mat stayed home. As I was setting up a My Obstacle Course and was looking through my closet to see what sort of fun physical, OT- like … [Read more...] about The Nap Mat…Not Just For Napping!
This is one of my favorite My Obstacle Course station activities because it is so simple and has so many possibilities! Crawl and Match is as simple as it sounds. On one end of a carpet runner, or carpeted area, I place some objects, cards or cutouts which focus on some academic skill. He chooses one, crawls down the carpet and matches it with something on the other end. He crawls back gets the next one and continues doing this until all objects or cards have been matched. Because he is … [Read more...] about Crawl and Match
This is a station activity that I made last year to help Andrew work on his math facts. It was a huge hit with him and it is another example of how easy it is to tweak something so that a child can demonstrate their knowledge. Intelligibility and legibility DO NOT indicate intelligence! He was not able to write numbers at the time we did this so it gave him the opportunity to show what he knew without something like fine motor weakness or intelligible language standing in the way. If he was … [Read more...] about Math Fact Sorting
This is an idea that I tried years ago as a My Obstacle Course station activity when working on ball skills but heard about it again last week from Andrew’s Occupational Therapist so I thought I would share. I began using balloons when it became obvious to me that ball skills were going to be difficult for him. I knew that a balloon would move much slower than a ball giving him more time to track and catch it. I could also have a few blown up, giving him an opportunity to choose the color he … [Read more...] about Balloon Tossing