Our new occupational therapist is fabulous. I get nervous when we get new therapists, but I have found that the each one brings unique viewpoints and offers great information for helping our son. One reason I enjoy our new one so much is that I feel that she works on a variety of things each session and she teaches me what to do at home. She works on sensory development, his core, signing, singing, helping him learn his different body parts and of course the use of his hands, just to name a few.
Learning To Play Is More Than Just Playing Around
I will never forget her telling me she wanted to start working on helping Noah learn to play! I had never thought a child needed help with playing, but you want to know what…they do
She wants Noah to be able to pick up objects, transfer them from hand to hand, bang them together, and take them out and put them in. That is all helping him learn to play. Granted these abilities do more for him then simply help him learn to play, but I think Noah will appreciate playing the most.
Toys: Motivators And Entertainers
Simply watching Noah realize that objects are inside the container and having fun getting them out is pretty awesome. He likes to get his face right up to the opening and look inside before he takes anything out. I often view the toys in our therapy sessions as motivators, but I realize that it is equally important for him to learn how to use all of these toys for pure entertainment.
One of our goals in occupational therapy is for Noah to learn how to take off and put on the rings on a ring stacker…all in the name of playing appropriately with a toy. He will learn a few other valuable skills in the mean time, but the ultimate goal is play.
Did you realize that play was an important thing to learn? How have you helped your child learn to play?