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Sensory Play For Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Lately we've been working on some sensory play with Michael in occupational therapy. Previously, Michael's hands have been clenched in a fist unless he was sleeping. We began using some amazing little splints from Joe Cool and he now has open, relaxed hands most of the time.  Because his hands have been clenched most of his life, he's hasn't been able to explore textures with his hands much, which has led to some sensory aversions. You should see his face when we put a Koosh ball in his hand! He's absolutely disgusted by them.  Today we decided to do some finger paint play. To my surprise, he wasn't grossed out and actually seems to enjoy it!

Some other messy, fun sensory play ideas:
  • Shaving cream
  • Kinetic sand
  • Uncooked beans or rice
  • Cool Whip — yummy too!
We used washable finger paints from Crayola. A set of 8 is just a few dollars from Target.
Whoops! This is why we chose washable paints!
Michael takes his art very seriously.
Max’s finger paint masterpiece was finished in no time and he’d moved on before I had a chance to catch him in action!
Messy hand of a happy little boy.
Michael’s finished masterpiece

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