From LaDonna Cohen, an Occupational Therapist...

As we are sheltering in place, here are some sensory activities that can help you. They are fun and can address sensory needs for you and your child. I wish you and yours good health.

  • Wall Push-Ups: Tape hands, bunny paws, or dog paws on the wall at child's shoulder height. Have your child do push-ups on the wall where the items are. 10 times is agood number or more if your child wants. Your child can also hop and/or skip over to the paws or hands before doing push-ups.

  • Rubber Bands: Your child can wrap rubber bands around plastic eggs, tennis balls, or paper rolls. After wraping around the objects, have the child pull objects apart. This will provide resistance to the fingers and hands.

  • Hop Scotch: You can use painter's tape, which is easily removed.

  • Make a "crash pad" out of pillows, blankets, and foam mattresses. You can hide paper shapes, designs, flowers, etc... in the crash pad for your child to find.

  • Obstacle Course: You can make an obstacle course using chairs, cones, toys, and balls. you can ask your child to crawl, hop, and jump on two feet, or one foot around the obstacle course.

  • Floor Pattern: You can make a zigzag, curved, or straight pattern with tape on the floor and have your child hop, walk, on the pattern.

I hope these suggestions help you and your child/children. Please contact Teachers, Tutors and Adovates at 404-542-2795 if you would like more information about the services I offer.

LaDonna Cohen MS,OTR/L, CAS