Couch cushions are my go-to item for in-home therapy sessions. So let’s hope that you or your patients have couches where the cushions come off!
Here are the various ways Couch Cushions are great!
- I start using these with my kiddos that are younger than 6 months to start working on sitting balance. Having them reach in all directions as they sit on couch cushions. I also wiggle/shake the couch cushions to make it more challenging. (here’s a past post on other ways to work on sitting balance).
- Crawling over couch cushions is a great way to move from combat crawling to crawling on hands and knees. It is also a great coordination activity- working on planning on where your hands and knees and feet need to be to stay balanced as you crawl over the cushions.
- Playing on their tummy on a couch cushion with their arms on the floor works on increasing shoulder strength to prepare for crawling and pull to stand.
- You can also use them as tunnels to crawl under
- Kneeling at a couch cushion works on increasing hip and ab strength and is a good activity if your kiddo hates tummy time (more details on this strategy in this post).
- I also stagger couch cushions similar to the ones in the picture below to simulate crawling up steps for patients who don’t have stairs at home to practice crawling up steps.
- They can be great standing balance activities and act as stepping stones for an obstacle course.
- I also have kiddos stand on couches or couch cushions and work on static standing balance (maintaining balance while trying to stand still)- you can have them throw balls or imitate positions while standing on couch cushions.
- I also use couch cushions to practice jumping since they have a springy effect. I usually start by bouncing kiddos on the couch A LOT and teach them how to try to bounce by themselves
- Last but not least! Couch cushions make great forts! This is a great way to work on planning an activity and problem solving. The OTs I work with have their patients draw out their forts first and then try to recreate their pictures.
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