The multi-modal gel pads are effective in reducing anxiety, boredom, serves as a tool in training for hand-eye coordination and improves finger strength and dexterity. The clear features in the gel pad allows for use with a light box. Touch responsive gel shape encourages manipulation for tactile and visual stimulation. Soothing water-based gel encourages hand activities. The pads can also be warmed or cooled for developing thermal recognition. A variety of colors aid in developing color recognition.