Tips and Tricks- When in doubt, use couch cushions!

Couch cushions are my go-to item for in-home therapy sessions.  So let’s hope that you or your patients have couches where the cushions come off!

Here are the various ways Couch Cushions are great!

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  • Crawling over couch cushions is a great way to move from combat crawling to crawling on hands and knees.  It is also a great coordination activity- working on planning on where your hands and knees and feet need to be to stay balanced as you crawl over the cushions.

  • Playing on their tummy on a couch cushion with their arms on the floor works on increasing shoulder strength to prepare for crawling and pull to stand.

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  • You can also use them as tunnels to crawl under

  • Kneeling at a couch cushion works on increasing hip and ab strength and is a good activity if your kiddo hates tummy time (more details on this strategy in this post).

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  • I also stagger couch cushions similar to the ones in the picture below to simulate crawling up steps for patients who don’t have stairs at home to practice crawling up steps.

  • They can be great standing balance activities and act as stepping stones for an obstacle course.

  • I also have kiddos stand on couches or couch cushions and work on static standing balance (maintaining balance while trying to stand still)- you can have them throw balls or imitate positions while standing on couch cushions.

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  • I also use couch cushions to practice jumping since they have a springy effect. I usually start by bouncing kiddos on the couch A LOT and teach them how to try to bounce by themselves

  • Last but not least! Couch cushions make great forts! This is a great way to work on planning an activity and problem solving.  The OTs I work with have their patients draw out their forts first and then try to recreate their pictures.

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