Toobeez Helps Connect Autistic Kids To The World
February 10, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsWayne, PA — What started out as a specialty toy has quickly grown into a valuable tool for occupational therapists. Toobeez International has teamed up with Candice Donnelly-Knox, OTR/L to produce a new book "Occupational Therapy Activity Workbook."
The book contains 10 different activities that occupational therapists can use with their patients to help build motor skills, communication skills and self-esteem. Each activity includes an Activity Plan, Helpful Hints, Activity Challenge, Activity Instructions, Activity Discussion and Processing, Activity Variations, a space for Notes and a Debrief.
The activities were designed to include the use of Toobeez, the ultimate giant construction building set comprised of interlocking tubes and spheres. The tubes can be linked together to create anything imaginable, from a simple cube to a complex structure like an airplane or an obstacle course. Some have compared Toobeez to giant Tinker Toys. What started out as a specialty toy has quickly grown into a favorite tool with occupational therapists to use with their patients. "Children love Toobeez because it's fascinating to connect, create and build. Therapists love the product because it lends itself to hours of endless activities that help build cognitive skills such as creative thinking, concentration and problem solving which are all necessary life skills," said Donnelly-Knox.
Due to the open ended nature of Toobeez, it quickly became so much more than just a toy. According to John Hamilton, Health and Therapy Market Manager for Toobeez, "Toobeez is an innovative product in which activities can be created or adapted to fit a variety of children's needs, from a school setting to an outpatient clinic."
Toobeez is the signature product of Connectable Color Tubes (CCT), LLC, a Pennsylvania-based, privately held Limited Liability Corporation founded in 2001 by Joseph A. Donahue. Toobeez is a patented, giant construction building system currently used by corporate trainers in teambuilding programs, educators and healthcare professionals. It was invented as a specialty toy but has become a valuable tool for so many other markets including education, corporate training and teambuilding and youth groups. Toobeez has been awarded the prestigious Teacher's Choice Award from Learning Magazine and Creative Child Magazine's Preferred Choice Award. For more information, please visit www.toobeez.com or call John Hamilton at 610.902.0904 or 877-TOOBEEZ.
About the author
Candice Donnelly-Knox is a licensed and registered occupational therapist serving the pediatric population in the educational setting. She has experience working with students with a variety of needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays, Down Syndrome, psychiatric disorders, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Traumatic Brain Injury and visual impairments. She is also the co-owner of an educational toy store in Pottstown, PA, Brainwaves For Kids, brainwavesforkids.com.