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Therapy Idea of the Week: Adding Vibration to Fine Motor Activities

by Barbara Smith, OTR/L

I have found that adding vibration to fine motor activities helps many children to focus, be motivated to use their hands and most importantly have fun. This is not true for all children, but well worth exploring to see if an individual child enjoys this sensory input.


The sound of the motor draws their attention to what is in the child’s hands and the vibration provides sensory input to the hands,especially important for children who avoid touch to the palms but are willing to grasp a vibrating toy inside the palm.
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