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Today we wanted to share this post from special ed teacher Mandy at A Special Kind Of Class, as we believe Non-Slip Liners are a must have among back-to-school supplies! Read the original post here.

5 uses for non slip liners

Non slip mats are an essential part of a special education class that has children with physical disabilities and low tone or poor fine motor skills.

  1. For children with low tone, they often have trouble staying in their seat. These are the kids that keep sliding out. A little square on the seat under their bum helps them stay put.
  2. A little square under bowls and plates, stops them for sliding around the table while children are trying to eat.
  3. We roll up a small piece around a pencil to make a pencil grip. You can make it as thick as you want. The texture gives feedback to those who need it.
  4. Putting a piece under toys and games will help them stay put while children are using them.
  5. The last tip I have for you is to use it with technology. I keeps the laptops and tablets on the table and off the floor.

Related product: Non-Slip 8″ x 6’6″ Reel

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Dear readers,

Today we are happy to repost an article from Mama OT: 10 Play Dough Activities for Toddlers!

Play dough - Special Needs Essentials

“Specific fine motor skills encouraged in the activities listed below include:

  • Shoulder and arm strengthening
  • Pincer grasp
  • Finger isolation
  • Thumb opposition
  • Digital Pronate grasp
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Bilateral coordination

1. Smash it with hands. A great opportunity for pure sensory exploration.

2. Smash it with a tool. Potato smashers work well, and there are so many different kinds.

3. Pull it apart. This is a good precursor for learning to tear paper later on.

4. Roll it with hands. Don’t expect your toddler to be able to roll a ball with coordinated motions at this age. Instead help them practice simply rolling the play dough back and forth to make an oblong form (snake, worm, hot dog…whatever you want to call it).

5. Roll it with a tool. Hands can be placed either directly on top of the rolling pin, or on the outer handles. Don’t have a rolling pin? Use the side of a firm cup to roll instead.

6. Use cookie cutters.

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Read the full article here.


Related products:

Glowing play dough - Special Needs Essentials Super Soft Modeling Dough - Special Needs Essentials Firm Theraputty - Special Needs Essentials

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