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Theraputty is an occupational therapy intervention for children who have fine motor difficulties as well as poor postural motor control. The following are some examples of important functional tasks that the children may have difficulties with:
Theraputty is a strong, non-toxic, latex free putty-like material that leaves no residue and won’t fragment, separate stain or stick to skin. There are 6 different colours, each having a different degree of resistance when handled. The putty can be stretched, pinched, kneaded, squeezed and separated.
Please note that you need to use the theraputty on a clean smooth surface, preferably a table. When the theraputty is excessively stretched it can break down into fine strands, therefore care should be taken with these as they ‘stick’ to carpets and clothing.
Carrying out the following hand exercises prior to fine motor or drawing tasks helps the child’s hands prepare for activity. The exercises are aimed at increasing the tactile and proprioceptive sensory messages the child receives from their hands. By doing this the child will have an increased sensory awareness of what their hand muscles and joints are doing. This should help improve motor control and aid motor memory for learning movements involved in fine motor tasks such as writing.