Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Finding Balance With Asperger's: Multi-Use Premium Activity Hoops for OT, Homeschool, and More


Thank you to the Therapy Shoppe for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Finding ways to keep my 6 ½ year old Aspie, Quinn, interested while doing his home Occupational Therapy can be a challenge, so we are always looking for fun products to keep him engaged. The Premium Activity Hoops from the Therapy Shoppe are a great way to do just that. These six, sturdy hoops measure 15 inches in diameter and are flat, so they can be used in many different ways. They help improve his gross motor skills, proprioceptive input (body awareness), balance, stability, and more. The set also included 5 clips so we can even snap the hoops together for even more possibilities.

We like to use these hoops during OT, homeschool, and even playtime. Quinn’s favorite activity is to pattern them out and he plays a jumping game similar to hopscotch with them. We also use them for spinning on his arms and legs like you would a hoola hoop, throwing like a frisbee and then retrieving them. We even use them during our kid yoga sessions as a marker for staying in our space. For younger kids, they could be used for counting and color recognition as well. The possibilities are endless with these brightly colored hoops and they have made our OT, as well as other times, much more entertaining and even challenging sometimes.

These hoops are made of plastic, but are very durable and have not shown any wear even though we use them frequently. You can purchase these and all the Therapy Shoppe’s amazing products on their website, www.therapyshoppe.com. The Premium Activity Hoops retail for $24.99.