This toy lights up and plays music when the keys are hit, the center roller is spun, or if one of the top wires are pulled. It plays different music for each place that the toy is activated. If you push the on button towards a paw printed side, the music will be “barked” out.
Here are two positions we use the toy for. (And there are more ways and positions)
TUMMY TIME: In the clinic we use this toy to motivate a child to stay on their tummy and move their head up to look at the lights and listen to the music. Eventually using the toy to have the child move their arm to activate the music. What is that working on? A FOUNDATION – The pre-skills for crawling, building the shoulder and arm strength for coloring and writing.
SITTING: Having a child sit and learn that if they hit or push on the toy, it will do something that they like be it light up or play music. They have to learn to balance while sitting. They need to learn to move their arm and keep their body still so they don’t fall, but also keep their eyes on the toy.
I am going to start featuring some of the toys that we use on a regular basis in the clinic with the children (infants and toddlers).
A lot of our toys are hand-me-downs from my children or from other therapists children. Some were bought many years ago when I first started as a therapist doing in-home visits. Majority of them have been discontinued. Some of the companies that made the toys no longer exist. BUT you can find similar toys in the stores or you can look on craigslist or eBay for them.
General rule: a toy should not cost more than $20.00. Unless it is an awesome toy that does laundry or cleans up after up and the child, most toys are not worth more than $20.00. The children will out grow the toy before you get your monies worth. IF you are a craigslister or garage sale person, and plan on getting some money back that way. It is much more economical to just limit yourself to a $20.00 limit. It can go along way, especially at Big Lots, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Ross.
I will take a picture of the first toy tomorrow and post.
What is important to the family? That is what I start with when I first see a family. Most of the time their child hasn’t been eating or gainng weight for quite some time. It is a constant battlefor every bit and every ounce. Why don’t they eat? You HAVE to eat…why doesn’t my child? There are multiple reasons why a child doesn’t eat. But what is important to the parents? Is it the weight gain or the types of food they eat? Is it that their child sit and eat with them at a meal. Most of the kids I see the parents have been told that their child is not gaining weight. The majority of parents feel that it is a direct reflection on their parenting. I find that it is much easier to help the parents by decreasing their stress about their child’s eating habits and concentrate on what the parents are doing right and what is normal for their child and other children. Toddlers, special needs or not, are a HANDFUL!!! But fun…