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Therapy Band Exercise Program for Kids

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So often, we see kids with weakness. They struggle with climbing monkey bars, maintaining grasp on a pencil, coloring with endurance, maintaining posture with a strong core, manipulating snaps and buttons, and so much more. A consistent home strengthening program can help with these skills. A therapy band is such a power tool in providing needed and calming proprioceptive sensory input, too. Many times, therapists will add therapy band exercises to a sensory diet. There's a reason why! Slowly pulling and maintaining a position on an expanded therapy band creates resistance, providing proprioceptive input that kids need. Why use a...

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The Handee Band for Your OT Toolbox

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The Handee Band for Your OT Toolbox

  Francesca Avalli is a pediatric OT who was looking for a creative way to engage the children in her clinic in upper-body/core strengthening and play. When she couldn't find the right tool, she set about creating one.  The solution Francesca created is the Handee Band, a exercise kit for children 3-6 years old. The kit features 15 upper body and core exercise, led by adorable monsters. The kit also includes a resistive yellow band with handprints for where to hold it, a checklist with a dry-crease marker and stickers.  I connected with Francesca through  the recent AOTA Expo. (I swear the more I...

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Back to school: Exercise Movement Breaks help Kids Learn!

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Let's be honest, exercise these days is hard to fit into our busy daily lives. And it's even happening less and less frequent with children in their schools. I always love when a child tells me they still have swings and a climbing structure on their playground or they still have PE.  I always deflate when a child tells me they have only some balls and hula hoops on their playground.  Although those are fantastic pieces of play equipment, they still do not provide a child's body with the exercise and strength it needs in order to learn, grow, and...

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Handee Band Featured in the Larchmont Chronicle!

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Handee Band Featured in the Larchmont Chronicle!

Handee Band Featured in the Larchmont Chronicle! Read More Here: Pediatric Therapist creates Strength band for Kids | PAGE 23

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15 Super Simple Brain Break Exercises

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15 Super Simple Brain Break Exercises

Do you know a child who gets antsy after sitting a long time? Is homework or seated work a chore? Believe me when I tell you, you are not alone! In fact, this is something we have struggled with both in our home since we started to homeschool, and in the past when we had to struggle through our homework from public school. A few years ago, I started incorporating brain break exercises into our daily routines and quickly learned how much easier seated work was for everyone involved. I am excited to be working with our awesome sponsor, Handee Band, to bring you 15 super...

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