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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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Therapy Ball Activities Fun Deck

In the box: 60 activity cards, introduction card, 2 table of content cards

Work on upper body and core strengthening, motor planning, dynamic balance, endurance, oral-motor coordination, posture, supine flexion, grading force of movement, weight shift and pelvic mobility, bilateral hand use, crossing midline, visual perceptual skills, fine motor skills, and sensory processing 

If you use a therapy ball and are always searching for something new and fun, check this one out. I like this tool, a lot. The 60 activity cards are brightly colored and easy to use with kids. Each card features an activity illustration on the front and therapeutic benefits, set up/materials, directions, and tips on the back.

The border of the cards are coded for quick identification into four sections:
  • Purple - Sitting activities
  • Blue - Prone (tummy) activities
  • Green - Standing and other activities
  • Red - Stretching exercises
The introduction cards  offer a wealth of information including tips for safety, instructions for determining the size of therapy ball to use, general therapy ball guidelines for sizing pre-school through third grade, measuring the diameter of a ball, and inflating a therapy ball. Cards are plastic coated on both sides. If you are interested in learning more, there are a few more examples of activities and a list of activity names on the Amazon site.

For more information, click on the image.

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