Hardly Therapeutic!

We ordered our 7-year old son some theraputty to help out with his sensory issues. Apparently letting it puddle then fuse onto the living room carpet soothes him more than playing with it does.



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  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.britton Kim Britton

    I hate this stuff. My son had the bright pink variety. Several outfits of his were ruined and our living room carpets have spots of it throughout.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Wisowaty-Dundas-Smith/676918723 Susan Wisowaty Dundas Smith

    This post is so timely for me, I only just cleaned this same stuff out of carpet, jeans and bed clothes (ok, I threw away the bedclothes, they were past redemption). What had my son done to his Therapist that she wished this upon me?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marie-Myers/15616749 Marie Myers

      how did you get it out of the carpet? its been stuck in the carpet at the kids house I nanny for for almost a year because no one can figure out how to free the carpet from its evil wrath…… I’m sure the mom’d be ecstatic to get it out!

      • http://twitter.com/kellykatrina85 Kelly Newland

        I made “gak” with my son a few weeks ago and I wish I took a picture of the mess he made on my carpet and his clothes.  It belongs on this website!  I read online to pour white vinegar on the putty and it will loosen it up and then you can scrub the color from the carpet.  It worked great!  I was able to remove all of it from the carpet by pouring vinegar on the stain and scrubbing it with a toothbrush.  I looked up a recipe for theraputty and it is the exact same recipe I used for the wonderful gak that sank into my carpet.  Hopefully it works for you too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neva-Duge-Gambill/100000273369646 Neva Duge Gambill

    I have also had things ruined by silly putty. I formally banned it from our house last year. Never again!

  • Stacy W

    Ive learned… kids with sensory issues…. destroyed houses. LOL. Mine chewed all the buttons over the computer mouse AND every remote we’ve ever had… and he was 4!

  • AM

    Heh, as an OT I work a lot with theraputty. I always tell parents the putty can’t touch fabric/fiber as (obviously) it sticks permanently. Discovered last year that it also sticks permanently to rubber bracelets (likes silly bands, or those livestrong bracelets). I had to replace a few when my students wound up with ruined bracelets thanx to ME.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000060048131 Melanie Sucec

    Our TV remote was ruined by TheraPutty as well – it loves those rubber buttons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juniper-Jupiter/100000505486884 Juniper Jupiter

    Okay…I had a sister with Autism, and you know what worked for us?

    The homemade play-dough without milk or eggs, just the water, flour and a boatload of salt…and it was KEPT IN THE KITCHEN!! :S

    And guess what? That stuff washes out of clothing and hair! 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Courtney-Rollins-Justen/22203481 Courtney Rollins Justen

    Not sure if it will work like the remedies for bubble gum will, but you could try ice on it so it hardens and crumbles. Not promising that it won’t make it worse but I know if you put a paper towel over was and use an iron on the paper towel it usually melts and soaks it up. Maybe one of those two would work. I have some theraputty at work that I use for myself to keep my sensory needs in check, guess it should have a warning label…”for adults only”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1599172517 Ellen Jane Botelho

    I’m an OT, who has used therapy putty. Get some of it out of the rug, and then use the putty in your hand to stick it to what’s in the rug. It will adhere back to it, and pull a little bit more out every time you stick it together again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Silver/545266591 Amy Silver

    I put silly putty in christmas stockings two years ago. Never again!!!!! that red sh*t is still in my carpet….

  • Kathrine Anglin-Hondalus

    Ice really does work. It hardens it, and you can chip it out of the carpet. Whatever you do, DON’T TRY TO MELT IT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/missyvail Missy Vail

    My 10 year old is MRDD, and a whole string of other issues including sensory.  There is this stuff called Goop Off… or something like that.  Comes in a small squeezable can.  Anyway… it has gotten tons of stuff out that she has created.

  • http://twitter.com/elysesalpeter Elyse Salpeter

    USE ISOPROPYL Alcohol (over 90%). I just did it tonight. HUGE wad left by a friend on the couch and throw pillow. Take off by hand as much as you can, then scrape lightly with a knife. THEN get a rag (I used an old washcloth), dip in alcohol and start scrubbing in circles and you’ll see it come right off onto the washcloth. Get a new spot on the cloth, soak, start wiping again. Be patient and keep going, works like a charm.

  • Mike Cui

    Thats why you should not use this shit to deal with your kids sensory issues.

  • Random

    I just discovered I left my theraputty on mums huge pink winter blanket and it just won’t come out, die theraputty die

  • Ojibajo

    My dog got a hold of my Theraputty. I managed to get most of it out of his paws which were blue. The rest eventually wore off or he chewed it off. Thank God it is non-toxic. After reading this, I am guessing that the comforter that he decided to chew it up on can just go into the dumpster and is not worth trying to save. 🙁 He also chewed up the-made brace for the hand that I use the Theraputty for. Apparently he would prefer that hand not-function correctly. He’s such a jerk. 🙁

  • fastfood

    Sometimes adults need supervision, too.