In the February 24 issue, I wrote about OTs incorporating the Rainbow Loom, the popular toy that lets users weave together rubber bands into colorful bracelets, into treatment plans. The OTs I spoke to found the Rainbow Loom could motivate young clients to work on fine motor control. Well, I recently received a great response to the article from Rebecca Klockars, OTR/L, ATP, author of the OT Mommy blog.
"I have had lots of success incorporating looming into my school-based service provisions. In a group of five 2nd graders with a variety of disabilities/abilities including Down Syndrome, total blindness, cerebral palsy, and sensory processing issues, none of them had had experience with the daunting loom itself. But modified with chopsticks, these students were therapeutically engaged. Not only were they able to do as their peers did, but it addressed fine motor strengthening, bilateral hand coordination, spatial awareness, and the list goes on and on. They were so proud of themselves; they were helping each other and socializing. It was probably one of the most satisfying group activities I had lead in a long time."
This picture is of her son, who also assisted making a video about using the loom with chopsticks.
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