Children learn through play. As an occupational therapist who works with children and youth, I use games and toys almost every day to help develop important cognitive, visual perceptual, motor, sensory, social, play and leisure skills. While many different types of activities can be used in therapy, this blog focuses on off-the-shelf games and toys that are accessible to most. Whether you are a therapist, parent, teacher, or a game lover like me, I hope you discover something useful while you are here. Learn a different way to play a game you already own or discover a new game for your next family game night. Either way, just go play. It's good for you!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Extreme Dot-to-Dot

 Work on precise fine motor pencil control, functional pencil grasp, visual motor integration, visual scanning, figure ground, visual discrimination, sustained attention, sequencing, self control, leisure exploration and participation
From one of my favorite toy companies, this book might be used with individuals who write large to practice short strokes, as many of the numbers are close together, or who have trouble with impulse control, because you must look ahead before you move. Just quickly drawing to the next closest dot will probably require a lot of erasing. The dots are small and require precision to hit. If you are working with someone who resists handwriting, working on mazes or dot-to-dots may be a way to warm up and get the pencil in their hand. This book is for older kids who can count to 1,000 as two page pictures may go that high. Therefore, one picture can be worked on over many sessions. We have found that it is best to note the number you stop on as it can be hard to find it the next week. Put a Post-It note on the page and just add the new number each time, or draw an arrow on it and point it each time to the place where you stopped. This book comes in many different themes and I have also seen it at Michael's.
If you are interested in purchasing this book or just want more information, click on one of the images below.

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