We had just gotten the stamp of approval from occupational therapist, Casey Halper and now we have further confirmation that Fort Boards is a great toy for occupational therapy. Christie Kiley, the mom and occupational therapist behind the fabulous blog, Mama OT had her little kids test out some new toys - a pack of Fort Boards. While these educational toys can build forts for kids, these children imagined the structure to be a cafe. (We call it a fort kit but kids can build anything they can imagine!)
Mama OT observed the way her kids played with this learning toy and had some awesome observations. She echoed the sentiments of the previous OT assessment and found that Fort Boards helped to provide practice with hand strength & bilateral skills as well as visual spatial, visual motor, constructional praxis, executive function, & even social skills. She also shared with us that, in regards to children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), "the fort could potentially be used as a "quiet space" for kids who benefit from or enjoy being in smaller, more enclosed spaces". She did add the caveat that "a challenge I would anticipate though for kids with more severe autism would be that if they are in the fort and they try to lean any weight into it, it can start to crumble, and that doesn't make anyone happy :)" We're now interested in learning more about how Fort Boards might be helpful for autistic children. We're so happy to be a valuable resource for special needs families as one of the best toys for occupational therapy.