In our house, we rock home therapy, but it wasn’t always this way. My original blog (Lilly Through the Valley) was about my journey of developing my child’s home therapy (before Pinterest existed). Today I am sharing my five tips for home therapy activities.
Between the ages of 0-3 years, we had monthly consults for Lilly with an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and a physical therapist. During our meetings, we came up with goals to work on at home for the month. Back then, it was intimidated by this process; (I was recovering from a traumatic birthing experience, I had a lot of “mommy guilt” and I was trying to balance medical life). Thankfully, I had my Early Childhood Development training to fall back on, but I realize that not every new mom (of a child with a disability) has this knowledge.
Having a good planner is essential because it can allow you to track goals, keep track of medical life and plan activities. In my day to day routine, I would schedule 20-30 minutes to work on target goal activities, and I built in stretching and massage into our daily routine as well.
Pinterest remains an important part of my activity planning. Lilly has to do the same activity several times to obtain a skill. If I don’t keep it interesting, she will not do the activity! Pinterest has a variety of activities and I often will adjust the activity to suit Lilly’s level. While searching for these types of activities, use words like “fine motor activities,” “toddler activities” and/or “preschool activities” in the search engine.
I have separate bins for water, sand, and shaving cream play. I started with a small Ikea organizer; that has grown into an industrial shelving system, overflowing with supplies. During the baby stage, I used a small height container (easy for reach due to limited mobility). Separate containers allowed me to clean the toys with ease, put them back into their respective containers, and put them away until the next time we did those activities.
White boards, black boards, sliding doors, easels, and fridges make for great vertical activities. I used these surfaces for standing activities and coloring. Using different mediums inspired my kids in ways that coloring on paper never could.
Card stock paper works best for my kids. Because we deal with drool and tone issues, a more durable, higher quality paper allows for the projects to be seen through to completion.
I hope you found these tips helpful. Please feel free to comment below some of your own therapy activities and ideas.
The advice given in this post is based on my personal experience. Please consult with your therapist and medical professional’s about yoru own therapy needs.