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Heavy Work

As many kids continue with virtual learning, parents may find that they are having an increasingly difficult time focusing on school work. Occupational therapists often use a strategy referred to as “heavy work” to help promote regulation, calming, and focus.

While a OT can help with heavy work, there are a wide range of activities y9ou can do at home.

Some of those include:

  • Climbing up and down the stairs
  • Exercises (jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, etc.)
  • Monkey bars
  • Bike riding
  • Animal walks: crab walk, bear crawl, snake crawl, frog jumps, bunny hop
  • Wheelbarrow walks
  • Carrying heavy objects (laundry basket, a filled milk jug, carrying groceries, etc.)
  • Household chores (taking out the garbage, transferring laundry from the washer to dryer, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, etc.)
  • Raking leaves
  • Shoveling the snow
  • Playing with play dough

Completing heavy work tasks before sitting down to engage in school work is a great way to help set your student up for a successful school day.  If you feel that your loved one may benefit from Occupational Therapy, call us today at 586-323-2957 to schedule your FREE 30 minute screening.

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The decision to seek therapy is not always an easy one. If you're looking for life improvement, we want you know that we've got your back!

We invite you schedule a call If you have further questions regarding OT/PT/SLP services for kids and adults at Crawl Walk Jump Run in Clinton Township