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Therapy Tools for Helping Create Changes in the Brain

This article provides recommendations for therapy tools and toys that engage kids in purposeful movement activities to create change in the brain for higher learning. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.

No matter if you work with kids individually or in groups, there are always great therapy tools to help kids improve their learning through purposeful movement. The best part is, you can use many of these tools anywhere and they target several areas of development.

These therapy tools below are for parents, therapists, teachers and professionals who work with kids to help strengthen areas of:

  • Balance and coordination
  • Midline Crossing
  • Attention and Fidgeting
  • Sensory Integration
  • Fine motor and pencil grip

Kids who participate in purposeful movement activities are better equipped in their learning development and excel in the following ways:

  • Improved tracking for reading
  • Strengthened pencil grip for longer periods of time
  • Follows directions and completes tasks
  • Better comprehension and recalling details
  • Communicates and can use expressive language
  • Interacts with other children and engages in social play
  • Has strong letter and number formation
  • Has established better motional maturity and self-regulation

Many therapists and parents start to see the brain “awaken” when using many of these types of therapy tools and purposeful movement activities. It allows the right and left brain to work together to pave the way for higher learning concepts.

Therapy Tools that Target Areas of Learning

There are so many therapy tools we love and recommend. Here are a few of our favorite categories below that target different areas of learning and provide special benefits for children of all ages. To see a full list of therapy tools in each category, visit the links to the full article below each category.

Balance Toys

Balance beams, balance boards, bosu balls and many other balance toys can help kids better attend and focus in the classroom. Here’s a few to use when working with kids at home, in school or in your therapy sessions.

Balance Beam Toys

For all balance beams, click here.

More Balance Toys

For more balance toys, click here.

Sensory and Vestibular Toys

Toys that improve sensory integration and vestibular input can help kids with certain sensitivities to textures, foods, light, sound and smells. Try a few of these when working with kids at home or in therapy sessions.

Sensory Swings

For all sensory swings, click here.

Sensory Toys

For more sensory toys, click here.

Attention and Focus Toys

Tools and fidgets can help kids both at home and in the classroom when it comes to attention and focus. Try a few of these in the classroom or at home to provide the child’s body with the movement it needs to stay calm while doing homework or when listening in the classroom. These types of tools can help them focus more of their mental energy on listening to the teacher.

Chair Fidget Supports

For all chair fidget supports, click here.

Fidget Toys

For more fidget toys, click here.

Fine Motor and Pencil Grip Toys

Building skills for better pencil grip and fine motor doesn’t have to be tedious or boring. There are lots of toys and games you can use to help kids strengthen those areas of development. Using a combination of pencil grippers and games can motivate kids to sharpen their fine motor skills without it feeling like work. Here are some you can try at home, the classroom and in your therapy sessions.

Pencil Grip Toys

For more pencil grip toys, click here.

More Fine Motor Toys

For more fine motor toys, click here.

Purposeful Movement Warm-up Activities

For more activities that “awaken” the brain and engage kids in purposeful movement, download our free Awaken the Brain Warm-up Activity Packet below.


Integrated Learning Strategies is a Utah-based center dedicated to helping mainstream children and children with learning challenges achieve academic success. Our services provide kids with non-traditional tutoring programs within the Davis County, Kaysville, Layton, Syracuse, Farmington, and Centerville areas. Areas to find Integrated Learning Strategies include: Reading tutors in Kaysville, Math tutors in Kaysville, Common Core Tutors in Kaysville, Tutors in Utah, Utah Tutoring Programs

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