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"Needs to work on coordination"

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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Hi. My nephew is autistic, and his specialist said to work on coordination.

He's 3. Any ideas what I can purchase for him for the holiday?


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Logansmom1999
by Kristina on Dec. 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM

A large gym ball that he can drape his body over and balance his body and limbs. Also a body sock is wonderful for calming and coordination. I got ours on amazon.com. $16 for the ball and $20 for the body sock. You could also look up coordination toys on the amazon.com site. Good luck and let us know what you find.

Reese2010727
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 12:36 PM
I need to look into getting my son a body sock..sounds like he could benefit from it

Quoting Logansmom1999:

A large gym ball that he can drape his body over and balance his body and limbs. Also a body sock is wonderful for calming and coordination. I got ours on amazon.com. $16 for the ball and $20 for the body sock. You could also look up coordination toys on the amazon.com site. Good luck and let us know what you find.

Reese2010727
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM
If it's hand-eye I'd suggest a sorting toy...the VTech Alphabet cube worked wonders for my son...helped with that and he learned colors and ABCs quickly
SlightlyPerfect
by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:14 PM

I wish I knew! That's all my BIL said to me. "He needs to work on coordination." I was thinking puzzles.

Quoting Reese2010727: If it's hand-eye I'd suggest a sorting toy...the VTech Alphabet cube worked wonders for my son...helped with that and he learned colors and ABCs quickly



emarin77
by Gold Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Coordination is a general term.  What kind of coordination difficulties does he have?

wrigley2363
by Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

For hand eye coordination my son's OT plays Don't Spill The Beans with him. She has him use tweezers to put the beans in the pot. They have also played Elefun and Let's Go Fishing which my son really enjoys. They also use theraputty to develop hand strength. At school he is working on doing puzzles. Melissa and Doug makes a lot of very nice wooden puzzles. I've seen them at Toys R Us and Target. We also like doing the My First Sticky Mosaics which is made by The Orb Factory. They're great for hand eye coordination and also helps to teach colors, and following directions. They're fairly cheap and have sets for boys and girls. He has also really liked his Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Piggy Bank, and ball popper. 

For gross motor skills I would recommend a mini trampoline, balance board, and a balance bike.

Macphee
by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM
There's another post about a sensory bucket. Coordination is relative. If needs to strengthen his legs, an indoor trampoline, or a big wheelie might be good. If he needs to work on his motor skills, tweezers, beads, fingerprint.

Google sensory, coordination and balance. It might refer to being clumsy. One of those inflatable cubes with balls to play in would be great too.
lady_katie
by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM
My son has developmental coordination disorder, and his Therapists do a lot of exercises that squish his limbs together to help his body awareness. So, they encourage him to lift heavy therapy balls and throw them, jump on trampines, crash into soft things, bounce on a ball, stuff like that. Practicing coordination isn't exactly the answer for him because the problem is in his brains ability to make his body move in the way that he wants it to. His brain needs to first kind of learn where his limbs even are, by doing these exercises. At least I think that's kind of how it works!
MamaLauri
by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Welcome!!

A great one is a toddler indoor trampoline with support bar, not enclosure.

JENNlEPEPSl
by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM
My daughter loves peg boards the most. By what also helps is tools from handwriting without tears.
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