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May 8, 2018
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Drum Roll, Please... Introducing The New "Sensory Spoon"
Sensory Spoon Sensory Spoon
Therapro's Karen Conrad Weihrauch and Filomena Connor were honored to collaborate in the design of the brand new "Sensory Spoon" by Chewy Tubes. From the perspective of occupational therapists, we provided information about the fine motor, oral motor, self-feeding, and sensory properties necessary for the creation of this new feeding tool. At this time, it is the only spoon available that focuses on the development of self-feeding with infants as young as 7 months. At this age, infants are curious and interested in handling objects and bringing them to their mouths in exploration - the perfect age to introduce a colorful, tactilely pleasing object that is safe and functional!

Over the past two years, we have worked in partnership with Chewy Tubes creator, Mary Schiavoni, MS, CCC-SLP, who is also a noted author and Pediatric Feeding Specialist, to develop this new tool. We painstakingly analyzed the skills babies and young toddlers typically develop when learning to self-feed including postural stability, grasp patterns, and oral motor control. We also considered the tactile sensory properties associated with eating. Filomena tested the prototype spoon in various stages of development in the Feeding Clinic where she worked. For a more standardized look at children using the spoon in a natural setting, we completed a pilot study at a day care center with infants and toddlers from the age of 9 months to 2 1/2 years. The children included typical children as well as children who were receiving Early Intervention services.

The spoon properties we love:
  • Provides a safe sensory experience when mouthed and handled
  • Short, textured handle offers sensory input to the palm for grasping
  • Natural "stop" prevents gagging or deep insertion into the mouth
  • Offers a soft/flexible, smooth textured, durable spoon material
  • Flat, slightly upward curve of the bowl's sides facilitates easy food clearance by the lips
The Sensory Spoon was showcased for the very first time in April at the 2018 AOTA Conference in Salt Lake City. Therapists responded to the new spoon with interest and enthusiasm. They engaged in dialog about the spoon and offered analytical feedback about it. Many therapists purchased the spoon for their clinics or with a particular client in mind. They were excited to return home and put it to use. One memorable dad of a child with many special needs purchased a few of the spoons for his son and thought his son would enjoy using the short, stout, textured handle to successfully bring the spoon to his mouth.

The entire process of developing this important new self-feeding tool was a sensational experience. We are very proud of the new Sensory Spoon!

Karen Weihrauch, PhD, OTR/L

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FREEBIES! Free Resources from Therapro
Spring Activities: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere
Cooking with students offers them a great multi-sensory experience. It can also be an aid to teaching fine motor skills such as stirring or spreading. With Spring finally arriving, let's do some Spring Cooking from the Therapro publication, Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere! Then, send a note home to parents documenting the cooking experience. This newsletter's Freebie incudes 2 delicious recipes, Sunshine Salad and Daisy Salad. In addition, you will find a Letter to Parents template you can use to send home the recipe. Bon Appetit!

All previous Therapro Free Resource offerings can be found here.

AOTA 2018
2018 AOTA Annual Conference
2018 AOTA Annual Conference
2018 AOTA Annual Conference
Thanks to the Therapro crew, (Allyson Locke, Karen, Herman Slutsky, Linda Gilles-Zirbes, Filomena) for making this a very special event. I appreciate your dedication and hard work while always smiling! - Karen

For a review of our incredible experiences at the Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Salt Lake City, click here.

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Final Spring 2018 Saturday Seminar
May 19, 2018 - Ocular-motor Assessments and Strategies to Promote Visual Efficiency and Support Learning! by June Smith, OTR/L. June will review standardized ocular-motor function assessment tools, identify vision problems that can affect learning, and discuss how to proceed with directing families to access further resources for their child.

Upcoming Fall Seminars
September 15 - Practical and Effective Strategies to Improve Self-Regulation and Executive Function Skills by Jocelyn Wallach, MS, OTR/L.

October 13 - Occupational Performance Coaching by Margaret (Peggy) Morris, OTD, OTR/L, BCP.

We will be taking a summer break, but will be back with more exciting Fall seminars in August. To see the Fall 2018 seminar descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker information, click here.

The Saturday Seminar Series is FREE! Join us monthly at Therapro headquarters from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Register by email at [email protected].com or call (800) 257-5376.

Reminder: 2018-2019 Therapro Product Catalog
2018-2019 Catalog
Don't forget about our fabulous new 2018-2019 Product Catalog. We're excited to present many new items as well as all your favorites! Download or order your free copy now.

Monthly Specials & Clearance / Overstock Bin
Monthly Specials
Monthly Specials

★ Fine Motor Olympics Manual and Card Deck
★ Fine Motor Olympics Class Pack
★ Fine Motor Olympics Card Deck
★ Second Hand Therapies

Sale Bin
Clearance / Overstock Bin

Browse through our Clearance / Overstock Bin for some great deals on discontinued or overstocked items. We update this frequently, so check back often!

Featured Products
We thought you might be interested in some of our most popular Feeding Aids:
Happy Bowl Silicone Feeding Mat
Happy Bowl Silicone Feeding Mat

The ezpz Happy Bowl suctions directly to the table, making it difficult for tiny hands to tip over.

EazyHold Infant/Youth 5 Pack
EazyHold Infant/Youth 5 Pack

This special needs soft silicone assistive device makes holding objects possible and easy. For infant and youth up to approximately 10 years old.


Cuts kids' food into fun-shaped bite-sized pieces! Try with pancakes, sandwiches, cheese, fruit, brownies and more!

Mr. Juice Bear
Mr. Juice Bear

Teaching straw drinking? Mr. Juice Bear allows you to control the flow of liquid into a child's mouth by gently pushing on his belly and getting the liquid to the right place in the straw to initiate a suck.

Saturday Seminar Series
All seminars are free, and are held Saturdays from 9-11 AM in our Showroom.

To check out what's coming up for our Saturday Seminar Series, just click on the News and Events Tab on our website. View past seminars and upcoming seminars, see speakers' descriptions of their seminars as well as their learning objectives. We hope that knowing what to expect from the seminar in advance will help you decide if it is one that you may wish to attend (or view on our YouTube channel).

Upcoming confirmed events:
June Smith
May 19, 2018

Ocular-motor Assessments and Strategies to Promote Visual Efficiency and Support Learning!

Speaker: June Smith, OTR/L

We will be taking a summer break, but will be back with more exciting Fall seminars in August. We will be adding the Fall seminars soon!
June Smith
September 15, 2018

Practical and Effective Strategies to Improve Self-Regulation and Executive Function Skills

Speaker: Jocelyn Wallach, MS, OTR/L

Margaret (Peggy) Morris
October 13, 2018

Occupational Performance Coaching

Speaker: Margaret (Peggy) Morris, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Please be sure to check the Therapro website in case of any
weather-related cancellations, and for all the newest seminar information.

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