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    • #14551
      Kevin Schaefer
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      In Michael Casten’s column this week, he writes about how his daughter loves to play with slime. This is a pretty popular hobby for kids today, and you can read the column here: https://smanewstoday.com/2018/10/10/sma-ella-obsession-joy-slime/?amp&_gl=1*y0awd4*_ga*d3N4dUY5dkNOWUJJUG9HYWwxQ2haZllFUkpPOHZRaTFOQmluY2ZKRDUxbDBDOHB1U1JHZkgyNlhjVzZ3ZG5hag...

      Michael brings up a good point about how this hobby also serves as a form of occupational therapy for Ella. It allows her to flex her muscles by squeezing the slime, and as such she becomes more dexterous.

      Do you have any hobbies that help you with occupational therapy? When I was a kid I constantly played with action figures, which was good because I was always moving my arms and using my hands to pose the figures. Even video games can help with things like dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Let me know if you all have any hobbies like this that you’d like to share.

    • #14772
      David Z
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      I wrote a computer app that emulates holding down a key/button whenever & as long as I hum (heard by the microphone). It’s great for quickly skimming through news, webpages, etc, where I have it scroll down when I hum. Much easier than having to reach to do it manually.

      But I’ve thought it’d really have been perfect if I’d had it back when I had my spinal fusion as a kid. I was naturally completely uninterested in doing the lung exercises with the spirometer. However, if you set up the app to hold the “walk forward” key in video games, you only need to use a mouse or touchpad to “steer” or look around, and in order to move in the game, you’re induced to take deep breaths and long sustained exhales. Who knows what my vital capacity would be today if I’d been tricked into exercising my lungs back then.

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