Sandbox Story MINI has been used for occupational therapy practice in Latvia.
*Occupational therapy is the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of patients with a physical, mental or developmental condition. Occupational therapy is a client-centered practice that places a premium on the progress towards the client’s goals. Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities.

Rehabilitation Centre Ligatne serves about 2000 people every year and renders wide range of physicians- rehabilitologists, various rehabilitation programs, health and beauty programs.

"We have been using the sand drawing table in the rehabilitation centre Līgatne since last February. It has been used during occupational therapy sessions with children with impaired movements to stimulate spontaneous playing skills, stimulate the senses – touch, sight, thus promoting sensor integration, improving the quality of movement and formation of different grips, and with persons after stroke in order to stimulate communication (in case of motor aphasia), superficial sensation and hand coordination, and to promote formation of grips in a palsied hand. Along with occupational therapy sessions the sand drawing table is recommended to clients feeling anxiety or depression, in order to open out, relax and get rid of negative emotions, when feeling “flow” energy."

Agnese Uzkalna and Linda Celmiņa

Certified occupational health specialists

"The sand table was used in the occupational health office of Family Support Centre Kontakts from 05.03.2013 to 12.04.2013. The table was used during therapy with children suffering from autism, signs of autism, infantile cerebral palsy, severe organic brain injuries, arrested psychomotor development. The age of children using the sand table for therapeutic purposes is from 1 to 12 years.

The table is acknowledged as a very successful element of sensory stimulation which is easy to use for visual and tactile stimulation.  The table was successfully used in hand therapy, and to improve hand functions: sand stimulates formation of different grips of hand and fingers, development of hand manipulations, cooperation of both hands, movements of isolated fingers, and promotes the development of eye-hand contact, etc. The sand table can also be used during work in a small group of children (2-3 children) to promote their communication and cooperation abilities (making common drawings, several drawings in one space, etc.)."

Olga Gluza   

Certified occupational health specialist