tactile-manipulativesManipulating things with our hands is common to everyone and therefore is typically a part of each individual’s sensory diet. Do you ever play with your hair, use a rubbing stone, fiddle with your keys in your pocket, or use a stress ball? These are some of the ways we distract ourselves, help to stay alert or try to soothe ourselves. Having a variety of tactile manipulative’s available for use has been helpful for both consumers and staff! This picture shows some examples of just a few of the many tactile objects offered on the unit at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital. Putty, tactile books, lotions, powders, clay, assorted art materials, cooking and baking activities are other examples.

full-cabinetIt is helpful to keep occupational therapy supplies, equipment and any surplus of supplies in a locked cabinet. This way items can be stored, rationed out as needed and more easily accounted for. Items considered unsafe in certain settings may also be locked safely away into a cabinet, such as thera-band. It also may serve as a place to keep OT modalities such as sound therapy equipment, vibrating and brushing tools. Having a magnetic dry erase board on the outside of the locked cabinet affords the ability to sign out items and keep track of them.