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Therapy Idea of the Week: Oobi Eyes Finger Puppets

Thank you to @sharon_speech, our SLP friend on Instagram for introducing us to Oobi Finger Puppets!   Adorable, and so useful for speech and language therapy, talking about feelings in school psychology, and as fine motor motivation too!  There is also much on the internet, that Oobi puppets are great tools for encouraging listening in children with autism.
A television show, made popular on Noggin (now Nick Jr.), Oobie is an anthropomorphic hand puppet who has every day adventures with his family.  Through connected learning, teaches a preschool audience vocabulary, concepts and skills from math, early literacy and logical thinking.   The show ran from 2004 until 2007, and only in the past year stopped airing as reruns.
Despite the fact that speech-language clinicians cringe at the baby-talk the characters use on the TV show, the puppets are very popular with clinicians as therapy tools in the classroom and clinic
@sharon_speech loves them and says :    So much fun for $1.49! I found these finger eyes at a little toy store and couldn’t resist – I bought all 6 colors! I think the kids are going to love practicing their speech sounds and words!
and COTA @erilee22 says : I use Oobi eyes in OT, and ask the kids to have Oobi  “keep an eye on their pincer grasp!”
We have heard you can find Oobie eyes at Target and in some dollar stores.  We found them on Amazon.  Here they are as a pack of 12 for just $6.30 and a pack of 24 for $12.65!
How would YOU use Oobi Eyes in pediatric therapy????

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