Playing To Work On Gross Motor Skill

Playing

As I was researching discussion topics for my youth communication club I realize that every article I came across discussed the importance of playing and keeping things light. Occupational therapists, mentors and other professionals could use the same advice too.  If I am working with a mentee on driving their power chair I would get behind them while they drive around so I can be able to see what there doing well on or what still needs improvement.  If I’m working on driving I would set up an obstacle course to make it fun for them to practice driving their chair. Also, while working on accessing their communication device I will take them to a corner store so they can get a drink and purchase it using the device. I anticipate this shows my mentee that being able to hit the icons on the first attempt will get what they need quickly.  I would also like to help my younger mentees understand that if they want to play with a toy they have to build up their neck muscle.

We want our clients to see the skills we are working on is used in everyday life. While I was researching activities for my youth communication group all of the articles discuss keeping the atmosphere light for them to not feel intimidated in the activities. For me I feel it is important to come up with fun activities for our clients to do in therapy because we don’t want them to dread coming to therapy.  I am going to assume that the same theory can apply to our working on fine motor skills.  We need our clients to thrive in therapy as they are going to use these skill sets for the majority of their life.   Most of my mentee start off driving with a head array which is a four-switch head system and use that system for the rest of their lives; once we know something works we usually stay with it.   This ensures that the person will be able to function for the majority of their lives unless something changes with their disability.

Until Next Time,  Enjoy Your Children