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Pin it, Pin, it, Pin it. It’s like a reflex. “Oh, that looks cool… I’ll pin it…”
But then what? I seem to pin a million therapy ideas and then rarely give most of them a second glance.
I can’t be the only one, right?
It’s like I’m hoarding therapy ideas over here, waiting for the moment I’ll actually scroll through them all and filter out the good ones.
Well it’s now or never. I’ve decided to take popular pins that seem to be good for therapy and try them out in the clinic to see how they hold up. I have this issue when I go to continuing education courses and feel as if I get great ideas… until they bomb in the actual clinical setting with kids that might have more to deal with than just a fine motor delay.
I’m interested to see how many of these activities actually end up in my therapy “bag of tricks.”
Test Pin #1
First up, this little gem I found on Pinterest from a website with ideas for working on functional fasteners and self-care tasks (a common goal in the OT world). It’s pretty simple- practice threading a zipper by using a pipe cleaner:
(Image from therapystreetforkids.com)
This especially caught my eye because threading the zipper has become the bane of my existence for some clients. It seemed like a great way to introduce the concept and build the motor skill while still keeping it “fun” and not frustrating. You know, the qualities of any successful therapy task.
It’s a win.
-It was simple to do. No extra prep time was required (I have a miniscule amount to begin with) and I was able to try it out with my clients with strictly motor delays as well as with some of my clients with severe autism.
-This task also made the concept more concrete, which is always helpful.
-Little hands were better able to manipulate the larger pipe cleaner to thread the hole, which made the task easier to grade down.
-The task was much more motivating, becoming a game more than a dressing task. This leads to a higher number of trials, which in turn leads to faster skill development.
Boom. New treatment idea in the bag.