My other favorite tool to use during therapy sessions is stickers!
One way I use them is to help my patients focus on using 1 arm or leg more than the other. I usually use this method if I’m working on strengthening or balance or just using 1 arm or leg more. These patients usually have a diagnosis where 1 side is weaker like a stroke or cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy. Or they may just have a preference for whatever reason and have now become stronger or more balanced on 1 side more than the other.
I got tired of telling my patients “Use your Right leg/hand/arm, no that’s your Left,” especially for my younger patients who haven’t quite learned their right from left yet.
So what I do is I put a fun sticker on the back of each hand, or on top of each foot, like below:
And instead of saying Right and Left, I usually say:
- “Hello kitty wants to go up the stairs first, and then Lightening McQueen!”
- “Hello kitty wants to throw the ball”
- “Let’s have Lightening McQueen kick the ball”
Reasons why I like this method:
- My patients usually remember which leg or arm to use when I use that method, and then they start to say it to themselves, especially with familiar characters they like, like elmo or mickey
- It’s also good practice to have them peel the stickers off the paper and put the stickers on themselves.
- Helps my patients feel more involved in their therapy and gives them the opportunity to make decisions when I have them pick which stickers they want to use
- Also allows me to do an activity more than once when I have them add stickers to their hands and feet throughout the treatment
Thank you to Bear my lovely model 🙂
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