DD is 6. She is hypotonic, and received Early Intervention services from 12 months up until she aged out at 3 years. Since then, she has not been in physical therapy, but we do make a point of keeping her physically active (swim, gymnastics, dance, family walks and jogs, etc.).
Her gross motor strength has definitely improved over the years. People not attuned to such things would never notice she is hypotonic, though it's still obvious to me (she could never keep up in a game of tag with her peers, for example).
Annnnyway. She never had any OT work and now I'm starting to think she could really use it. And I wondered if anyone might give me tips to start doing this at home. Obviously I'm not a therapist but if I started working on her with some things I think I could decide whether this thing is bigger than I can handle, or if I can just help her along myself.
I think this example will sum it up: she cannot staple. Her hands are not strong enough to push it that last amount for the staple to go through. Sometimes she might get the staple through but never be able to push it hard enough that the staple bends and closes.
So, I'm thinking to myself: I've got to work with her on this. But I'm not sure where to start. Making her staple things is not the answer since she's just not there yet. What would work her hands but not as hard as a stapler?
BTW she is able to hold a pen just fine, and her handwriting is fine. Writing is tiring to her, but it's hard for me to judge that compared with her peers - I get the idea it's tiring for most first graders.