O-balls are plastic balls that are full of holes in a beehive pattern.  I have told my friends who have children with special needs, like my daughter, Lizzie, that O-balls are an essential tool for early development and an awesome toy.  With their ability to have new items put into them and changed out, they keep children’s interest.  They help with fine motor development as children stick their fingers in the holes to reach for toys.  They helped Lizzie work mid-line as she grabbed the ball with both hands and raised it above her head.  I’ve seen Lizzie use a pincer grasp to try to get small parts of toys such as paws of small stuffed animals, or tentacles of a squishy ball.  I’ve even seen her using problem solving to push the toy to one side with the fingers on one hand and try to grab it with the other hand from the other side.  She has shown determination as she works a slinky from the inside of the ball out.  We’ve used them for visual stimulation by stuffing them with old, deflated Mylar balloons.  We’ve used them to teach object permanence by dangling them from a bar above Lizzie’s head so that if she dropped them, they would still be there in front of her.  They can even be tethered to her wheelchair so they can be played with on the go without getting lost, or having to be retrieved 900 times.  O-balls have become a favorite toy, and an essential therapy tool.  They are inexpensive, indestructible, dishwasher safe, and versatile.  We love O-balls!

O-balls Filled with Various Items