What is inside Our Very First Playbox?
Our special packages come filled with a surprise assortment of sensory tools and toys for your children. Items in the box are sourced globally and hand-picked by our Paediatric Occupational Therapists, with an emphasis on items which have proven effective during therapy or ignited children’s shared attention. Each item is accompanied by recommended activities and screen-free educational play ideas to engage your child in multi-functional ways.
Examples of some of the items include putties, textured toys, unique tactile fidgets and fine motor craft games. Purchasing the box also gives you access to our live online workshop, Q&A sessions and Private Facebook support group.
What is the customer profile?
We are hoping that when you fill out the customer profile we are able to get to know you a little better and can adapt our future boxes to meet your child's needs.
Where are we currently shipping and how much is shipping?
Right now we exclusively offer the Kid Skills Playbox subscriptions to our home market of Hong Kong to make sure our efforts remain focused on refining the Playbox to make it the best product it can be. Hong Kong customers enjoy free shipping!
If you are interested in our product but located outside of Hong Kong, let us know through our Contact Us page or email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our best to arrange something for you.
What is our online offering?
In addition to providing the correct tools, we want to empower, educate and support caregivers. To achieve this, we host a live online workshop where parents will be taken through a new topic (different with each purchase of a new Playbox) and get an opportunity to ask questions and share, as we believe parents would benefit from hearing and learning from each other. The topics can be picked by the caregivers. The workshop is held in two parts. Firstly, there will be a 30 minute session learning about the new topic and followed secondly, by a 20 minute session where parents can ask questions or simply share their experiences and successes!
What topics will be covered in the first part of the online workshops?
Stay up to date with the latest strategies and therapy approaches. Our interactive courses will be on all child development areas relating to Occupational Therapy including play, motor skills, independence, regulation, behaviour, learning etc. We will provide topic options for our members to vote on the most interested topic of the month. Here is some examples of topics:
- Understanding your Child’s Sensory Processing & Strategies
- Autism Therapy Tips for Play
- Self-Regulation Strategies
- Managing Oral Sensory Difficulties & Picky Eating
- Toilet Training
- Stimming & Challenging Behaviours
- Promote Joint Attention
- Fine Motor & Handwriting
We believe your role is parents and caregiver first. We devise our course with your schedule in mind. Our course will be shorter because we will give an educational overview of the background so you understand the WHY behind your child’s challenges and focus more on discussion of practical strategies and tips to help them.
How to access the online workshop and what if I can’t make that particular time?
Parents who purchased the “Our First Playbox” will receive a link to the workshop which will be held live on a date to be decided through group feedback (we will email you a questionnaire with different dates and the most popular option will be selected). The workshop will be held on Zoom which will not require you to be a paying subscriber but you will need to install and create an account (we will send you details). If you can’t make the session, a recorded version of the session will be made available for you to download.
What language is the workshop given in?
We would love to make sessions available in multiple languages to accommodate the diverse background of Hong Kong parents. Unfortunately, given that we have only just got started and have limited resources, workshops are available only in English for now. We have Cantonese and Mandarin native speakers on our team and hope to provide workshops in these and other languages in the future.
Who can benefit from the Kid Skills Playbox?
Our Playbox is suitable for children 3-8 years old. Your child does not need to be behind on anything to benefit from the toys and activities. It is filled with enrichment activities and regulation tools suitable for all children. However, children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and/ or children with sensory processing needs, hyperactivity, developmental delay, will get even greater benefits from the customised sensory therapeutic items.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is often abbreviated as "OT". The confusing part about OT is the word "occupation". People have many ‘occupations’ in their lives that bring them meaning, purpose and fulfilment in which they participate in daily life. Children’s occupations are to grow, develop through playing, learning, socialising and taking care of themselves. The goal of Occupational Therapy for children is focused on providing children with the tools and support to be able to functionally participate in and succeed in these activities throughout their day.
OT's use a holistic approach to their practice. They focus on wellness, managing chronic neurological or developmental conditions, improving function and supporting independence. So the Paediatric Occupational Therapist will engage the child in fun therapeutic activities that would provide children opportunities to develop the skills they need to participate in their everyday life with their families, at school and lead happy and meaningful lives.