Home Built Therapy Equipment

It is unlikely your child will get all the time he or she needs with a physical or occupational therapist. Your going to need to do some therapy at home and the more fun you can make it the better.

Figure 1: Pool noodles set up for crawling or climbing over exercises

Noodle Crawl

Pool noodles are a very versatile toy. Although intended for pool use they can be more fun on dry land. Figure 1, shows the them set up to either crawl under or climb over. You can set them up any you want, You can either leave them open or use sheets to to create a tunnel. Either way the can get your child crawling which we found out was important for proper formation of the palm of their hand and for communication between the left and right sides of the brain.

Pool noodle with Dowel inserts

Figure 2: Dowel and noodle setup.

 

Figure 2, depicts how to set up the noodles for crawling. You will need 1/4″ or 1/2″ wooden dowels cut about 12″ long. Pound the dowels into the ground about 30″ apart and slide the noodles over the dowels.

Noodle Agility

To use noodles to create a agility course form the noodles into rings and tape the ends together with duct tape.
Next tape the rings together as shown in Figure: 3

tire agility

Figure 3: Noodle agility set up.

 

 

 

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