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"mouthing pillow"

While watching a video of a student we see on an ongoing basis, we got the input of one of our local occupational therapists, and what great input she gave!  We watched this student, who has visual impairment and very limited motor abilities, play by continually flipping a pillow onto her face.  While the pillow was on her face, she appeared to be moving her mouth a little bit.  This student, due to motor limitations, has not been able to bring objects to her mouth to explore them.  Our OT suggested creating a "mouthing pillow."  We used a firm, foam pillow that would not be floppy, made a pillow case from "headliner" fabric because it sticks well to the male velcro, and sewed elastic with notebook rings so that objects could be affixed and removed easily for washing the case.  The objects we selected it have characteristics similar to objects that the student has been observed touching with her hands or are just generally good things to mouth.  The fabric and the elastic are both black to make the visual target, if the student chooses to look, less complex.  We can't wait to see what the student does with it!
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Sara Kitchen
VI Education Specialist

Writing, Organization, and Extended Time
Emerging Writing

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