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Summer Activity Ideas for Occupational Therapists to Use - featured June 1, 2011

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Summer Activity Ideas for Occupational Therapists to Use

By: Barbara Smith

The coming of warm weather brings opportunities for outdoor gross motor activities, use of messy tactile media such as sand or paint and summer arts and crafts themes. The following occupational therapy summer activity ideas will help develop strength, body awareness, coordination and dexterity.

The Benefits of Water Play
Occupational therapists often recommend swimming not only as a form of exercise but as a fun way to develop coordination between the right and left sides of the body as well as increasing core strength. Since water is resistive- swimming movements stimulate the sensory receptors in joints and muscles – promoting body awareness. The weight of water also provides sensory stimulation when a child engages in the following activities:

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Tags: Article OT Newsletter 3 June 2011