#246 - What Are Preparatory Activities and Why Does Everyone Need to be Doing Them?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC March 08, 2023

#246 - What Are Preparatory Activities and Why Does Everyone Need to be Doing Them?

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What Are Preparatory Activities and Why Does Everyone Need to be Doing Them?

Preparatory activities are the “warm ups” you incorporate into a treatment session. These activities should stimulate different sensory systems, wake up different muscle groups, and help the child prepare for functional, occupation-based activities.

We dive into WHY we love preparatory activities and we give you our top 10 favorites that you need to include daily!

This isn’t just for therapists - parents and teachers can use these preparatory activities to help children prepare for daily activities at home and in the classroom!

Learn 30 fun ways to use a metronome - 30 Day Multi Sensory Processing Challenge

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Ep. 139: Easy Ways to Incorporate Speech into Play

Ep. 173: What is Overflow?

Ep. 223: Implementing Sensory Strategies with Pre-Verbal Children

Build an Obstacle Course in 5 Easy Steps (YouTube)

5 Ways to Use a Sensory Bin (YouTube)

10 Visual Motor Activities (YouTube)

Astronaut Training - Vital Links

Benefits of the Brushing Protocol (Blog)

Borax Slime Recipe

TalkTools - Horn (whistle) Kit

Check out our video about Motor Overflow 

 

 

BORING, BUT NECESSARY LEGAL DISCLAIMERS

While we make every effort to share correct information, we are still learning. We will double check all of our facts but realize that medicine is a constantly changing science and art. One doctor / therapist may have a different way of doing things from another. We are simply presenting our views and opinions on how to address common sensory challenges, health related difficulties and what we have found to be beneficial that will be as evidenced based as possible. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use this podcast as medical advice to treat any medical condition in either yourself or your children. Consult your child’s pediatrician/ therapist for any medical issues that he or she may be having. This entire disclaimer also applies to any guests or contributors to the podcast. Under no circumstances shall Rachel Harrington, Harkla, Jessica Hill, or any guests or contributors to the podcast, as well as any employees, associates, or affiliates of Harkla, be responsible for damages arising from use of the podcast.

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Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC
Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC

Rachel Harrington, COTA/l, AC, CPRCS, and Jessica Hill, COTA/L, CPRCS are Harkla's in-house Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) and Certified Primitive Reflex Clinical Specialists. They have been working with children for over 6 years in outpatient settings. They specialize in creating easy-to-digest, actionable content that families can use to help their child's progress at home. Jessica and Rachel are the in-house experts, content creators, and podcast hosts at Harkla! To learn more about Jessica and Rachel, visit the Harkla About Us Page. Make sure to listen to their weekly podcast, All Things Sensory by Harkla for actionable, fun advice on child development.


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