Fort Boards® For Those With Special Needs
Fort Boards® have been evaluated and identified, by Pediatric Occupational Therapists ("OT" for short), as a therapy tool and as a toy for special needs children. While active play is a great way for all children to learn, there are specific aspects of Fort Boards® that make them an ideal toy for children with a variety of special needs.
How Can Fort Boards® Help Special Needs Kids?
Fort Boards® can help special needs children develop:
- Visual Spatial Skills
- Visual Perceptual Skills
- Fine-motor Skills
- Hand Strength & Bilateral Skills
- Executive Function
- Problem Solving Skills
- Social Skills and Communication
We received the below email from a parent in Kansas:
"Fort Boards® work for Dylan, a unique little boy. The very first thing Dylan did with Fort Boards® was build a square around himself, then he exclaimed "Dylan space. l, the therapist, was able to get him to engage by tossing a ball back and forth from "Dylan's Space." On one occasion he was having a rough day. He built up the walls higher and was able to tell us without words that he needed some time, as well as being able to remove a few boards to let someone in. It's hard for him to explain - as an autistic child he has a hard time relaying what he needs or what he wants. But we know if it's a good day when he builds with a door or without."
The pediatric occupational therapists we've consulted with agree that Fort Boards® are especially useful for improving the visual perceptual and visual spatial skills that play a large role in learning letters, figuring out math problems, and playing sports or dancing.
The physical dexterity used in playing with Fort Boards® is also a key benefit. The OT terms of fine-motor skills and bilateral coordination refer to the skills needed for important things like using a fork and knife correctly or holding a pencil properly (a growing problem as kids are using technology at a younger age).
Some parents may find Fort Boards® to be one of the best toys for children with autism spectrum disorder.