I’m back to the OT blogging world!

My old hosting site no longer exists, so I have been forced to start from scratch.  For those of you who are interested, since my last post I have become an almost full-time school therapist. I now work four days at school and one day doing early intervention home health. I’m very excited to share all my new OT ideas!

Spell It, the Bilateral Block Tower

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Students use 2 wooden dowels to pick up letter blocks to spell a block tower.

OT Skills this Activity Targets:

-bilateral motor coordination

-fine motor skills

-tripod grasp

-visual motor skills

-sequencing

-praxis

Materials/Equipment Needed:

-small wooden blocks

-2 inch wooden dowels (one set for each student), if you cut them any longer the student may use a fisted grasp rather than the desired tripod grasp

-letter stickers (from scrapbooking section at craft store)

Instructions to Make the Activity:

Adhere one letter sticker to each block. I made several full sets of the alphabet, plus extras of the most commonly used letters. I asked the school woodworking teacher to cut down the dowels for me and made sure the ends were sanded smooth. I keep my blocks and dowels in a hard plastic pencil case.

How to Play:

Scatter the blocks on the table and have the student hold one dowel in each hand to pick up a block. The student stacks blocks into word towers. It takes a little practice to regulate how much force to use with the dowels to keep the blocks from slipping or popping away.

How to Grade the Challenge

-To lower the visual demand, I have used simple stickers cut in half or thirds with each piece on one block.

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-For students who cannot read or spell yet, I have a also made a set of pattern cards with colored blocks.

-Placement and orientation of the blocks can alter the challenge. Line blocks in a row with blocks all of same orientation (as you would read letters). To increase the challenge scatter the blocks so the student needs to also motor-plan how to use the dowels to turn the blocks around before stacking.

-Students can work in pairs, each holding only 1 dowel. The students must work as team to pick up and stack the blocks.

 

 

8 thoughts on “I’m back to the OT blogging world!

  1. This is a fantastic idea. I work in a geriatric setting but this could be very useful. Thanks for a new idea.

  2. I am making this activity this weekend! I love it! Thank you! I get so burned out trying to think of new activities, especially during this time of year.

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