Blue high five, or Red? Let’s cross midline!

28 Sep

My awesome co-worker used this activity today at work, and I just had to steal it for the blog, and for my treatment bag ‘o tricks! What a great idea Beth! Items needed: red and blue gloves. Have the child put one color (for example red) on the left hand, and the other color (for this example blue) on the right hand. Therapist does the same thing. Side note: just from completing this portion of the task, the therapist can see how well the child can orient, and place fingers in appropriate finger position in order to don gloves (ADL skill), and acceptance of gloves on hands (tactile input)! Use the visual/tactile cues from the gloves to complete various bilateral activities, such as patty cake along with other hand play games and alternating hands to knees. A sequencing component can also be incorporated such as creating a pattern of the two colors and then remembering it and completing the claps. For example, have the child create a pattern: red, blue, blue, red. And then complete the task clapping each hand in order of the pattern. Increase/decrease the number of steps in the pattern depending on the needs of the child. Alternate taking to turns to help the child self-initiate. Another use of the gloves, is to also place a coordination color sticker on the child’s foot/shoe in order to incorporate scissor jumps and alternating scissor jumps coordinating the correct color sticker on the shoe with the correct glove. Can you think of any other ideas to use the these gloves?!

Thanks again Beth! You rock! 🙂

Thanks to my husband for modeling (in his Indy 500 shirt and all ;))

~Be Blessed,

Amy

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2 Responses to “Blue high five, or Red? Let’s cross midline!”

  1. Krystal September 28, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    Love it! I like to use gloves to trace (erase) letters, shapes, or mazes on the dry erase board too. (isolate their index of course!)

    • Mess 2 Masterpiece September 28, 2012 at 1:14 am #

      Love that idea Krystal!! Oh how I miss treating with you and learning from you! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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