Therapeutic Fun with Wikki Stix
Wikki Stix is a product made of wax coated yarn. Parents, teachers, and pediatric occupational therapists can all use Wikki Stix with children. Touching Wikki Stix wax coated yarn stimulates the tactile system. Wikki Stix are fun and motivating. Give a listen to this short podcast to see how children with tactile sensitivity benefit from Wikki Stix fun.
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Wikki Stix is a product made of wax coated yarn. Parents, teachers, and pediatric occupational therapists can all use Wikki Stix with children.
Touching Wikki Stix wax coated yarn stimulates the tactile system. Some children have tactile sensitivity, some are tactile seeking, and some are tactile underresponive. Wikki Stix benefits all 3 sensory modulation subtypes.
The fun and motivating Wikki Stix may encourage children with tactile sensitivity to tolerate touching the Wikki Stix, thereby increasing exposure to noxious tactile input. This may carry over to other tactile challenges, such as tolerating hands in messy art material.
Children who are tactile seeking benefit from engaging with Wikki Stix because the stickiness may satiate their neurological need for tactile input. This may carry over to helping these children decrease their excessive need to touch objects in the classroom.
Tactile sensory underresponsive children gain increased tactile input while engaging with Wikki Stix. The increased tactile input these children experience, may help them to feel a pencil in their hand with increased sensory awareness, thereby helping them with improved pencil control for handwriting.
Manipulating Wikki Stix to create designs helps children developing important fine motor foundation skills such as pincer grasp, bilateral coordination, in-hand manipulation, and prehension. These can carry over to functional skills such as manipulating scissors, holding a crayon or pencil with correct grasp, and successful use of math manipulatives.
Using Wikki Stix to copy designs helps to build important visual motor and visual perceptual skills, the foundation skills necessary for reading, math, and handwriting.
Wikki Stix can be used for visual accommodations in the classroom.
- Stick on handwriting paper to give a tactile cue for baseline letters
- Stick around coloring picture to teach children coloring inside boundary lines
- Use for visual cue to mark reading line to help children keep from visually skipping lines
- Roll a Wikki Stix into a small ball and place on larger numbers for Touch Math
- Use Wikki Stix for a hand fidget
- Wrap a Wikki Stix at base of pencil for an instant pencil grip
- Stick to paper to stabilize it on desk
Here are some fun activity ideas with Wikki Stix. You can find more ideas at: www.Wikkistix.com
- Create shapes for pre-writing skills: plus, circle, square, triangle
- Create and trace numbers
- Create and trace letters in name
- Practice spelling words
- Connect dot to dots (https://www.wikkistix.com/crafts-for-kids/dot-to-dot/)
- Follow a maze
- Make your own original craft creation! Example: Pixar’s Forky Inspired Spoon Creations (https://www.wikkistix.com/forky-inspired-spoon-creations/)