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Activity of the Week: Sword Activity to Promote Range of Motion and Strength - featured May 10, 2011

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Here is a great idea from our friend Barbara Smith, the "Recycling Occupational Therapist,"

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I use two different swords from the dollar store. One is long and the other short depending on the child's needs. I cut the plastic rectangular pieces from detergent bottles. Stacking them works on visual perceptual skills since they need to orient the ring to fit, bilateral hand skills since they need to stabilize the sword, reaching and head extension since they will need to extend the head in order to see the tip of the longer sword. This can be used on or off the horse.

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- Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L

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