Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tennis Ball Mania!!! Therapy on a Shoe String Budget

The UTHSC Masters of OT students recently completed a number of awesome media projects! For the assignment, each student was given the name of a common household item.  They were instructed to design a creative, appropriate therapy activity for a patient with a specific diagnosis. They did an amazing job! This media project was submitted by Rochelle. Her common house hold item was a tennis ball!

Materials Needed:

Tennis Ball
Colorful Sharpies
Coins or Buttons
Decorative Pieces of Choice (markers, stick-on eyes, etc.)       

-Cut a mouth in the tennis ball
-Decorate the ball

-Hold the ball with one hand
-Open the mouth by squeezing the ball
-Place coins or buttons in the mouth using the opposite hand

This activity addresses fine motor skills, bilateral skills, hand strength & motor coordination and addresses tactile awareness while providing proprioceptive input.

The project above was completed by one of our Master's of Occupational Therapy students at
 The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and posted with permission.

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  1. This is a really good idea! My dad as always had some sort of pain in his forearm but would never admit it to my mom because he knew she'd take him to the doctor. He didn't want to be a burden to anyone. Is this tennis ball setup good for forearm pain? What else could he use?

  2. I think this is a great idea! I have wanted to be a pediatrician for several years. I am currently in the pre medical program at my school. I am really excited to start my career in a few years!
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