Theraputty is an occupational therapy intervention for children who have fine motor difficulties as well as poor postural motor control. The following are some examples of important functional tasks that the children may have difficulties with:
- Tying shoes.
- Zipping and unzipping.
- Buckling and unbuckling.
- Writing legibly and without significant muscle fatigue.
- Playing games that require precise hand and finger control.
- Drawing, painting, and colouring.
- Manipulating buttons and snaps.
- Using scissors.
- Holding and using utensils (i.e. cutlery) properly and effectively.
- Screwing and unscrewing.
Theraputty is a strong, non-toxic, latex free putty-like material that leaves no residue and won’t fragment, separate stain or stick to skin. There are 6 different colours, each having a different degree of resistance when handled. The putty can be stretched, pinched, kneaded, squeezed and separated.
Please note that you need to use the theraputty on a clean smooth surface, preferably a table. When the theraputty is excessively stretched it can break down into fine strands, therefore care should be taken with these as they ‘stick’ to carpets and clothing.