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Oppenheim Award Winning Games


Therapro offers select Oppenheim Award-Winning games that target preschool children but can be easily adapted to engage older children and families. The Oppenheim Awards are prestigious accolades given to outstanding toys, games, and books that promote learning and creativity in children. Each product undergoes rigorous evaluation based on criteria such as its educational value, engagement level (active vs. passive play), safety, developmental appropriateness, and avoidance of stereotypes. The awards prioritize products that are entertaining but also enriching, encouraging meaningful learning experiences for children. They represent the most innovative, engaging new products of the year and are judged by child development experts, including educators and therapists, making them highly respected within the industry. In addition, parents and children from across the US are recruited to help choose the best toys of the year. Earning an award seal on a product signifies that the toy was carefully selected.

Therapro features three spinner games designed by eeBoo that are Oppenheim Award winners. They will bring hours of fun and learning to the table!

Cupcake Shaped Spinner Game: This game appeals to young children with its engaging cupcake theme. It encourages turn-taking, fine motor skills (such as spinning the spinner), and color recognition. Therapists can use this game to work on social skills, imaginative play, sequencing, following directions, and more. Children choose ingredients for making their cupcakes and win the game by completing their cupcakes.

Picnic Shaped Spinner Game: All the fun items involved in having a picnic are included in this game, including the ants! The first player to collect an item from each category wins the game. The game can be used to enhance language development by discussing picnic items and actions (e.g. “Let’s have a picnic with sandwiches and watermelon.”). Players learn to categorize, build new vocabulary, and participate in cooperative play.

Build a Robot Game: This game involves assembling parts to create different robot combinations. It employs the player in using fine motor coordination and problem-solving skills to build a robot. This game can be used to target specific goals like visual perception, sequencing, number recognition and understanding, and planning.

Teachers and parents can integrate these games into learning activities at home or in the classroom. The therapeutic value of these games for children with various developmental needs, such as those working on sensory integration, social skills, or cognitive abilities is undeniable. Creative adaptations for an individual child’s needs are possible due to the versatility of these games in addressing various developmental needs.

Discover the transformative power of play with these Oppenheim Award-winning games from eeBoo, available at Therapro. Each game is meticulously designed to foster essential skills like executive function, language development, fine motor coordination, visual perception, and problem-solving. Whether you’re a therapist, teacher, or parent, these versatile games offer endless opportunities for learning, development, and fun! Explore these games today and witness the positive impact they can have on children of all ages and abilities.

Guest Blogger: Filomena Connor, MSOT – Retired

Boy holding a pencil and writing using a slant board to assist

Empowering Classroom Engagement with Assistive Technology

Unlocking the keys to classroom participation and success begins with selecting the perfect low-tech assistive technology tools. Low-tech assistive technology refers to simple, basic tools or devices that assist individuals with disabilities in performing everyday tasks. Ensuring students have the ideal support not only fosters full engagement in classroom activities but also transforms learning into an enjoyable experience. Dive into the world of low-tech assistive technology with Therapro’s expert recommendations, paving the way for enhanced participation and a more fulfilling educational journey. Read on to discover the perfect low-tech assistive technology tools that can be empowering for classroom engagement.

Low Tech Tools for Positioning

Appropriate positioning has a powerful impact on classroom engagement. There are many low-tech assistive technology tools available to support proper positioning. These positioning materials will help students adjust their posture and their visual orientation.

Slant Boards: Slant boards are available in various sizes and can accommodate different height levels when a student is seated. Most offer stabilization of paper on the board with a metal or plastic clip. Slant boards provide a number of advantages:

  • Encourage upright positioning
  • Align the wrist in slight extension
  • Bring writing paper and visual information closer to the eyes
  • Provide one hand access using the slant board clips
Aluminum Stackable Slant Board

A Therapro favorite is the Aluminum Stackable Slant Board, which is lightweight, durable, and easily stackable. The writing angle is ideal at 20 degrees. The non-slip edge strip prevents the board from sliding when in use.

Slant board

Another great option is the Better Board Slant Board, which is a lightweight, collapsible slant board made of corrugated plastic that can be transported flat and stacked easily. Plastic clamps hold paper and it has “nonslip feet.”

Dycem: A positioning tool many occupational therapists love for its versatility is non-slip plastic called Dycem. It has innumerable creative uses in the classroom. It can be cut from a roll to the size needed to stabilize items on a desk surface, adapt handles, and be placed on a chair seat to prevent the student from slipping and sliding.

Blue Dycem a Non-slip plastic that solves a variety of stabilizing and grasping problems

Low Tech Tools for Reading

When it comes to reading, low-tech assistive technology tools can help students with key performance areas specific to reading including:

  • Tracking printed words
  • Focusing on a part of the page
  • Highlighting any written words
  • Magnifying words
  • Reading hands-free

Check out some of Therapro’s favorite low tech assistive technology tools for students with low vision or who have difficulty with the visual components of reading:

Highlighter Strips on a book page

Highlighter Strips: A favorite tool is the brightly colored reading guide strips, called Highlighter Strips that are reusable bright yellow plastic strips that brighten any written word on a page. They measure 1.5” in height but come in a variety of lengths. They aid the student with visual processing difficulty or the student with who is needs help with focus and attention.

Ultra Dome magnifier

Ultradome: The Ultradome make reading small print a breeze. The Ultradome provides powerful 4x power direct magnification and is made of solid acrylic that glides across any surface. It is available in 3 sizes from 2 to 3 inches in diameter.

Low Tech Tools for Writing

Tools that facilitate writing are abundant! They serve many purposes such as:

  • Hand and finger positioning for a writing utensil in the hand
  • Spacing, sizing, and alignment of letters
  • Weighting writing utensils
  • Creating handwriting lines

Check out these handy handwriting helpers that support legible handwriting:

	
LegiLiner Double Solid Line 3/8' tall, Pen Style Rolling Ink Stamp

LegiLiners: LegiLiners are an innovative collection of tools that are both unique and practical. Using a variety of rolling ink stamps, they create handwriting lines to improve consistent letter size and placement on any writing surface. Create dashed lines with spaces, dotted stacked lines, number line, and much more! They are available in a Starter Kit that contains 5 of the stamps to get you started. Fourteen individual LegiLiners are available as well.

Star Spacer is a clever handwriting tool made of see-through plastic which acts as a guide to help the child understand spacing, sizing, and alignment of letters and words to promote more legible handwriting

Star Spacer: The Star Spacer is a plastic, see-through guide used to help students understand spacing, sizing, and alignment of letters. The results are immediate for more legible handwriting

Low Tech Tools for Math

Tools to make learning mathematics fun and practical utilize:

  • Hands-on learning
  • Sensory learning using tactile, kinesthetic, and visual cues
  • Interactive strategies

Therapro is your go to resource for products that support hands on mathematics teaching and learning, check out some of these clever tools:

Multi Textured Tactile Ruler: The Desk Buddy Multi Textured Tactile Ruler resembles an actual ruler, but has the added benefits of a textured surface, being flexible, and being chewable. A great option for students who benefit from extra sensory input during learning activities.

Flexitable: Addition and Subtraction

Flexitables: The Flexitable is a simple tool for teaching math concepts. It makes learning addition and subtraction an enjoyable and tactile experience. The soft, flexible, 7.75 inch plastic square grid with horizontal and vertical channels fold to reveal answers to addition/subtraction problem. Flexitables are also available for division, multiplication, and fractions.

For More Information on Assistive Technology:

Low-Tech Assistive Devices- A Handbook for the School Setting: Low tech assistive technology tools facilitate learning and participation in the classroom. A classic resource book that therapists are passionate about is Low-Tech Assistive Devices: A Handbook for the School Setting, by Lynn Stoller, OTR/L. It is chock full of step-by-step directions and illustrations for fabrication of low tech tools. Chapters include tools used throughout the school setting (i.e. positioning, mobility, time management and organizational tools) and tools specific to curriculum area (i.e. reading, writing, math, music).

Assistive Technology Handy Guide: Therapro occupational therapist, Allyson Locke, MS, OTR/L, has created a functional guide to selecting the perfect assistive technology device for your students called Assistive Technology Handy Guide. It examines low tech AT tools in academic areas covered in this discussion, as well as other areas of classroom function including:

Low tech assistive technology can be a game changer for engaging students in the learning process and are vital in helping all learners access classroom learning experiences. Up your A-Tech game now with assistive technology tools from Therapro!

Guest Blogger: Filomena Connor, MSOT, Retired

Therapro's Booth at ASHA 2023; table with blue tablecloth and the Therapro logo with Therapro games on display

Therapro at the ASHA 2023 Annual Convention

A Recap of Unforgettable Moments

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 2023 Annual Convention was a whirlwind of excitement, innovation, and meaningful connections. Therapro was thrilled to be a part of this prestigious event held in the vibrant city of Boston, Massachusetts. We had a fantastic time showcasing our wide range of products, connecting with industry friends, and participating in some unforgettable highlights that made the event truly special.

Pirate Lucky’s Special Visit from Kokolingo

One of the most memorable moments of our time at ASHA 2023 was the special visit by Pirate Lucky from Kokolingo. Lucky’s visit brought an element of fun and excitement to our booth that left our guests both entertained and informed about Kokolingo. Kokolingo is a speech articulation app, developed by a licensed Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists, that will help accelerate progress through gamified speech articulation exercises. Lucky, with his colorful attire and boundless energy, engaged visitors and provided a peek into the world of Kokolingo. His visit was a hit among attendees and left a lasting impression on all those who stopped by the Therapro booth.

Live Demonstrations of Speech and Language Learning Games

At Therapro, we believe in the power of play to promote speech and language development. ASHA 2023 allowed us to demonstrate some of our favorite games designed for this purpose. Attendees were treated to live demonstrations of Novenops, Trunks, Lion in My Way, and many others – all fantastic tools for speech and language pathologists, educators, and parents seeking innovative ways to engage and support children in their language journey. The interactive nature of these games truly captivated the audience, illustrating the effectiveness of play-based learning.

Product Spotlight: Social Language Rules & Tools

Social Language Rules & Tools: A Preschool Curriculum of activities to improve social–ability

Therapro’s “Product Spotlight Corner” at ASHA 2023 featured the book Social Language Rules & Tools: A Preschool Curriculum. This curriculum is a valuable resource for professionals working with young children, providing a structured and engaging framework to teach social language skills. Attendees were able to explore this curriculum up close, gaining insight into how it can benefit their therapy sessions and classrooms.

Visits from Friends of Therapro

Our booth at ASHA 2023 was not only a hub for our products but also a gathering place for friends and collaborators in the industry. We were thrilled to welcome friends of Therapro, including Hillel from Spark Innovations, Dawn from ezpz, and Mary from Chewy Tubes. These connections and partnerships underscore the sense of community and mutual support that characterizes the world of speech and language therapy.

Demonstrating Our Wide Range of Products

At Therapro, we take pride in offering a diverse range of products to support speech and language development. During ASHA 2023, our team had a blast demonstrating our extensive catalog, which spans from assistive technology, to oral motor tools, to feeding solutions, to games that foster social and emotional language development. Our goal is to provide professionals and caregivers with the tools they need to make a positive impact on the lives of those with speech and language challenges.

The ASHA 2023 Annual Convention in Boston was a memorable experience for the Therapro team. We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, showcase our products, and contribute to the advancement of speech and language therapy. The enthusiasm and passion of everyone we met at the convention were truly inspiring, and we look forward to continuing to support speech and language development for years to come.

Thank you to everyone who visited us at ASHA 2023, and we can’t wait to see you again at future events and conferences. Together, we’ll keep making a difference in the lives of those we serve.