What is Occupational Therapy (part 6)

The activity highlighted in this video is the weighted ball. This my very favorite Occupational Therapy activity, at least from my perspective. Emmett really seems to enjoy both throwing and catching the ball. It provides great feedback to Emmett as well as strengthening his upper body. I would think that he would also increase his coordination as well.

Basically, Emmett throws a weighted ball at a trampoline and catches it as it bounces back. The ball he is using in this video weighs about 2 lbs. I believe the other balls weigh in at about 4 and 6 lbs. As Emmett gets bigger and stronger he will move up to the medium sized ball and then to the large ball. We actually have the same trampoline at home, although we don’t have the weighted ball. That is something I would like to do at some point so Emmett and Gavin both can practice this at home. This actually reminds me of when I was kid, I had something similar that I would throw a baseball at and practice catching it in my baseball glove.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo4My0wal3M[/youtube]

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That is a great idea!! I should try this at home 🙂

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