• Proprioceptive (Heavy Work) Activities

    ·         Carry heavy items (baskets with cardboard blocks, groceries for Mom, etc.).

    ·         Chew gum, eat chewy or crunchy foods, or sip water from a water bottle with a straw while doing homework.

    ·         Push or pull boxes with toys or a few books in it (more resistance is provided if boxes are pushed/pulled across a carpeted floor).

    ·         Take the cushions off sofa, vacuum under them, then put them back. Can also climb on them or jump and “crash” into them.

    ·         Pull other children around on a sheet or blanket.

    ·         Walk, run, scooter, skateboard, rollerblade uphill.

    ·         Pull/push a heavy trash can, wagon, or wheelbarrow.

    ·         Perform household chores, such as:

    o        Vacuuming

    o        Sweeping

    o        Mopping

    o        Dusting

    o        Carrying the laundry basket

    o        Wiping off the table after dinner

    o        Carrying buckets of water to clean with or to water flowers/plants/trees

    o        Cleaning windows or the fronts of appliances, using a spray bottle

    o        Scrubbing rough surfaces with a brush

    o        Helping change the sheets on the bed (then tossing the linens down the stairs).

    ·         Perform yard work, such as:

    o        Mowing the lawn

    o        Raking the grass/leaves

    o        Pushing the wheelbarrow

    o        Shoveling

    o        Raking

    o        Planting

    ·         Drink thick liquids (as in milkshake, applesauce, or Slurpy) through a straw. The thickness of the straw and the thickness of the liquid can be varied to change the degree of heavy work (sucking) required.

    ·         Carry heavy cushions.

    ·         Participate in activities such as gymnastics, horseback riding, wrestling, karate, swimming (can also have child dive after weighted sticks thrown in pool).

    ·         Fill up a small suitcase with heavy items (such as books) and push/pull the suitcase across the room.

    ·         Go “shopping” with a child’s shopping cart filled with items, or have the child push the shopping cart when you go shopping.

    ·         Put large toys and equipment away.

    ·         Participate in climbing activities (such as playground equipment).

    ·         Swing from playground equipment.

    ·         Push against a wall.

    ·         Participate in sports activities involving running and jumping.

    ·         On hands and knees, color a “rainbow” with large paper on the floor or with sidewalk chalk outside.

    ·         You and a partner sit on the floor, back to back, with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Interlock arms, and then try to stand up at the same time.

    ·         Play “row, row, row your boat” both sitting on the floor, pushing and pulling each other.

    ·         Do chair push-ups.

    ·         Play jumping games such as hopscotch and jump rope, or jump on a trampoline.

    ·         Bounce on a Hippity Hop Ball.

    ·         Play catch with a heavy ball, or bounce and roll a heavy ball.

    ·         Do animal walks (crab walk, bear walk, army crawl).

    ·         Squeezing and flattening between hands a fist-sized piece of Theraputty or Play-doh

    ·         Eating “chewy” foods

      • Dried fruit
      • Bubble gum
      • Starburst/ Gummy candy/ Taffy etc
    • Eating “crunchy” foods
      • Pretzels
      • Chips
    • Blowing out into something resistive
      • Blowing up a balloon
      • Blowing through a straw into soapy water to make bubbles
      • Blowing bubbles
    • Taking 10 deep slow breaths
    • Giving themselves a big hug
    • Yoga poses
      • Downward Dog
      • Plank
      • Cobra
      • Boat