A pediatric occupational therapist.

Early Intervention

Fun Treatment Strategies for Early Intervention

Oral Motor
  1. Vibrating toothbrush to suck on - decreases tactile sensitivity
  2. Drinking through a small straw – increases lips strength
  3. Food items to lick – Popsicles, lollipops, etc - increases tongue strength
  4. Placing yogurt (any sticky substance) on top lip, cheeks, lower lip - works on tongue control
  5. Biting on soft bagels/pizza crust - increases jaw strength
  6. Blowing bubbles and whistles – increases lip strength
Fine motor/Visual motor
  1. Popping bubbles – clapping them or poking with finger
  2. Manipulating small puzzle pieces or food items - works on tip-to-tip pinch
  3. Stacking blocks, pegs, legos, etc.
  4. Pushing car on track
  5. Hitting a balloon back and forth
  6. Placing items in container
  1. Playing in various textures such as sand, bubble baths, food items, grass
  2. Use bath time to introduce new textures-sponges, bubbles, scents, toys
  3. Introduce foods with new textures slowly (days to weeks) once the child is able to touch it and then smell it eventually he/she will eat it - it has to be fun
  4. Bouncing, swinging, spinning, rolling - will increase sensory awareness

Recommended Toy List - Early Intervention (ages 0-3)

Fine Motor/Visual Motor
  1. Peg board
  2. Shape sorters
  3. Baby tangle
  4. Baby bowling set
  5. Interlocking blocks
  6. Stacking blocks
  7. Music toys
  8. Form board
  9. Nesting blocks
  10. Pound balls
  11. Ball tower
Oral Motor
  1. Bubbles
  2. Whistles/Harmonica
  3. Baby biters (vibration)
  4. Vibrating toothbrush
  5. Chewy tube
  6. Bubble whistles
Sensory (Tactile/Vestibular/Proprioceptive)
  1. Ball pit
  2. Sit’n Spin
  3. Snap beads
  4. Animal massagers
  5. Pull the string vibrating animals
  6. Tunnel
  7. Sandbox
  8. Large bouncing ball
  9. Touch and feel books

Occupational Therapy Supplies (Catalogs)

Company Website Phone Number
Abilitations abilitations.com 800-850-8602
Pocket Full of Therapy pfot.com 800-736-8124
OT Ideas otideas.com 877-768-4332
Sammons Preston sammonspreston.com 800-323-5547
Therapro theraproducts.com 800-257-5376
Pro-Ed proedinc.com 800-397-7633
Sensory resources sensoryresources.co 888-357-5867
Beyond Play beyondplay.com 877-428-1244


The material presented here is not medical advice, and should not be considered as such. The information contained on this website is intended ONLY as an educational resource. It is not intended to convey advice for any specific child.

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