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Back to School Project
September 24, 2012
Welcome back to school!

Like many parents of specials needs kids, the new school year feels like a blessing and a curse to me.  On one hand I feel like I get a break again and on the other hand I am worried about how my child is going to handle the stresses of the classroom.  While scouring pinterest I came upon the perfect DIY project for my bouncy, attention challenged boy.

For about $12 I made this very simple foot roller.  He can push it, roll the pipe or move the pipe back and forth.  I walked into Home Depot and immediately found someone to help me.  I found some self locking 48″ bungee cords.  Then we found PVC pipe that the ends of the bungee would actually fit through and  the wonderful employee cut the entire pipe every 12″ by hand.

When I got my purchases home I was thinking that maybe I would need something to make sure that it didn’t make too much noise in his classroom that might irritate his teacher and distract the other kids.  I had a pool noodle lying round and realized it was just the thing!

My son loves his new roller that he can play with when he gets fidgety and is having a tough time in his seat.  His teachers like it because it’s safe and yet easily removable!

If you haven’t joined us on Pinterest, please do!  I pin a ton of great ideas for the classroom and at home.


Jackie Hattori COTA/L, LMP

Pinterest For Occupational Therapists & Parents of Special Needs Children
March 24, 2012

Pinterest is a gold mine for occupational therapists and parents of special needs children since we are always looking for fun, educational and functional activities! With summer on the way, our Pinterest page might have the activities you are looking for! Check us out at http://pinterest.com/mvpedtherapy/

On our Just For Fun Board, a great pin is 100 Free things to do with Kids this summer!

Here are a few ideas with some local adaptations!

1. Library – Check out books that have IDEAS – give reason for further hands on study (activity). Reserve books through your online service at your local library that have items of interest for your child’s age group, how to make paper airplanes, science experiments, craft projects, etc. even as we are learning about different artists we are practicing our learning by completing art projects…get creative with the books you can get…

2. Library – STORY TIME – something about a different setting breaks up the routine for the kids, gives them something to look forward to. (The King county library has a lot of great summer programs)

3. Local Park – go early, pack a lunch, bring a drawing tablet, enjoy the outside before its too hot.

4. Take a field trip.

5. Visit a fire department.

6. Play in the water – but aside from the everyday play in the sprinkler, kiddie pool – make games with the water – use the water with paint brushes and paint the fence (it dries clear, lol)…put coloring in the water and stretch paper across a fence – fill water guns with this colored water and then they are really painting with water colors.

7. Build a fort, go to nearby woods, gather sticks, broken branches, etc. build a fort, or house this will provide days worth of enjoyment both in the gathering/building/playing inside.

8. Take a nature walk. Take along a journal, let the kids bring cameras, then go home, identify everything your photographed, create a nature book. That’s a whole nother days activities (paper, photos, glue, scissors, notebook) this is especially good saved for a rainy day.

9. Take an “Alphabet tour”… again camera(s) in hand, journals – letter guides for younger kids – drive to town/city – begin with the letter a (Apple street) b (building) c (Candy shop) d(dairy queen) e(eatery) you get the drift – when you are done – each child has a personal and creative alphabet memory book.

10. Check out kids free days at your museums. The King County Library offers free passes to many museums http://www.kcls.org/programs/museumpasses.cfm