Summer is officially here! Happy summer to everyone. Just wanted to pass along a few fun uses for the adaptive equipment you may already own. Bath chairs/toileting systems that are on wheels are super fun when rolled through a sprinkler on a smooth flat surface. It is also highly motivating to walk that gait trainer through the sprinkler too! Just make sure to dry the equipment if it is metal, so it doesn’t rust. The wrap around bath chairs, like the Snug Seat Minnow, make great supports for playing in small plastic kiddie pools or sand boxes. Adult supervision is still required. These bath chairs also provide support for fine motor skill development and exploration.
Summer is here and one of our favorite therapy tools is easily found and very reasonable priced. What are they? Pool Noodles! Yes, you heard right – pool noodles. Pool noodles are great. Not only can you get imaginative in the pool pretending you are riding horses just like in the Triple Crown horse races, racing from side to side while working on core strength and balance, but they also serve every day purposes. Pool noodles make great bumper guards on the edges of foot plates to safeguard walls from cuts and gauges (pipe insulation works well also if you don’t like bright colors). They make great small bolsters for stretching and to act as that third hand during trunk extension exercises while sitting. They can even be used to help support tummy time by helping to support the chest and get arms under shoulders. Pool noodles can also be cut up into small 1 to 2 inch pieces and put into a large bowl. Objects can then be hidden in the bowl and the child can find them. It’s a fun fine motor game that can be changed with the seasons and have themes like bugs, fish, Halloween, etc. What can we say, pool noodles are awesome!