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What are the Uses and Benefits of Wikki Stix?

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Wikki Stix are a tactile, sensory and engaging product which can be used to help children and adults with special needs…in myriad ways.

Made in the USA, Wikki Stix are non-toxic of course, and bring a fun and colorful approach to challenging issues. Because Wikki Stix are easy to peel up and reposition, they are virtually “mistake-free” which helps build self-esteem.

Using Wikki Stix as a tactile sensory toy will help create new opportunities for fun learning and the development of fine motor skills. Many children are tactile learners and need this hands-on involvement to become engaged in the learning process.

Wikki Stix are ideal for tactile learning. For example they can be used to demonstrate math concepts (more/less), and prepositional awareness (over, under). They are ideal for making borders, showing where to start and stop on the paper, and as a border to color within the lines. And as a tactile toy, they provide hands-on creativity with no right or wrong connotation.

Soft and pliable, Wikki Stix tactile sensory toys can be used by small fingers for all kinds of fine motor skillsand tactile activities…from learning to form letters and numbers to simple grip and finger strengthening exercises.

A Multi-Sensory Resource for Autism

Children with autism and other sensory disorders benefit greatly from the wide range of Wikki Stix tactile sensory toys:

  • May help generate verbal interaction as children create with their Wikki Stix
  • May assist with focus and attention when used as a quiet fidget tool
  • May assist with cognitive development by providing kinesthetic learning opportunities
  • Provides unstructured play for idle times, and may help with the development of social skills through tactile sensory activities.
  • Fine motor skills activities and development
  • Tactile learning and sensory stimulation
  • Provides a medium for hand and finger strengthening, pincer grip, and can be used as a precursor to pointing and for pressing down.

Non-verbal Expression of Emotion

For a non-verbal expression of emotion, your child can use Wikki Stix to indicate how he or she feels… Happy – Mad – Sad… And the Wikkies can be changed as moods change. Your child can also personalize it by adding hair, eyes, etc.

For Handwriting Skills

Use for prewriting strokes, as well as to practice letter formation. Wikki Stix can also be used to trace prewriting shapes (especially good on laminated paper to be used repeatedly.)
Improve hand grasp and stability by wrapping 1/2 of a Wikki around the base of a pencil; also a good reminder to hold it “down low”.Create letters and numbers out of Wikki Stix and have student run his/her fingers over them for tactile input.Use Wikki Stix to make borders when handwriting, to keep letters on the line, as well as to indicate where to start and stop on the paper. Can also be used to create boxes to keep letters in. 

Visual Discrimination

Outline with Wikki Stix the specific area to be written or colored in.
Example: students are instructed to color in the circles only.
Use Wikki Stix to improve independence and visual discrimination with
eating by outlining the area where a cup or dish should be replaced on the table.
   
Source: Wikki Stix

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