Tangle Therapy

Promoted Skills

Product Description

Fidget with your senses with Tangle Therapy! Interconnected curved segments are rubber coated and can be twisted and rotated to keep minds and hands busy.

Sensory 4

Skills

  • Children can learn how to self regulate by using a Tangle Therapy.
  • Manipulating the Tangle Therapy can help a child learn how to multitask.
  • Manipulating the Tangle Therapy can increase manual dexterity needed for daily living skills, such as brushing teeth, eating with utensils, writing with a pencil.

Play Ideas

  • To further develop hand and arm strength, have the child pull apart each piece. Then have him reconnect the pieces. This gives a child heavy work to increase the proprioceptive input his body receives.
  • Disconnect one end of the Tangle Therapy and lay the “snake” out in front of a child. Have the child use both hands to roll the snake forward and backward (like rolling out play dough). The unique texture of the Tangle Therapy and the movement provide added sensory stimulation to play. This also helps children keep their hands open and use them simultaneously.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Use the Tangle Therapy on a dark table surface to help heighten the color contrast.
  • Set limits for a child fidgeting with the Tangle Therapy if it seems it is becoming more of a distraction and hindrance than a help to stay focused.

Physical 4

Skills

  • Fine motor skills and individual finger movements are encouraged as children play with the Tangle Therapy.
  • Manipulating the Tangle Therapy and positioning it in different ways assists children use and develop bilateral coordination skills.
  • Playing with the Tangle Therapy can help children move the muscles in their hands and arms, keeping them flexible. 

Play Ideas

  • To further develop hand and arm strength, have the child pull apart each segment. Then have him reconnect the segments.
  • Disconnect one end of the Tangle Therapy and slowly move the “snake” from one side of the child to the other. Have him reach out to catch and the snake. This can also be done in front of the child to encourage reaching and arm extension. Alter the path and speed of the snake to increase or decrease the challenge.
  • Twist the Tangle Therapy into a “ball” to play catch with a friend. The rubber coating assists with grasp and the unique shape prevents it from rolling out of reach.

Cognitive 4

Skills

  • Count the segments to incorporate early math skills.
  • Manipulating the Tangle Therapy can increase manual dexterity needed for daily living skills, such as brushing teeth, eating with utensils, writing with a pencil.
  • Problem solving skills come into play to pivot and twist the pieces to stack the Tangle Therapy.

Play Ideas

  • Have a contest; once the child is familiar with the Tangle Therapy, use a timer to see how fast he can twist and stack the interconnecting segments. Have the child try to beat his score on subsequent trials.
  • Disconnect one end of the Tangle Therapy and slowly move the “snake” from one side of the child to the other to encourage visual tracking, a skill that strengthens eye muscles needed for reading.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Set limits for a child fidgeting with the Tangle Therapy if it seems it is becoming more of a distraction and hindrance than a help to stay focused.

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$13.99
Age Range:
3+
Directions:
Simple
Levels of Play:
Five or More Levels
Storability:
Easy
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

Tangle Therapy

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 4
Sensory 4
Communicative 4
Cognitive 4
Social/Emotional 4

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