The Impact of Reflexes on Hand Skills

What are Reflexes? Your baby’s early movements are controlled by reflexes. Reflexes are automatic reactions to sensory stimulation. Several reflexes…

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Trader Joe’s Cone Holder Insertion/Stacking Tasks

I always thought that those orange holders at the Trader’s Joe store designed to clip onto the cart and hold…

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Packing Foam Activities for Developmental Disabilities

I found this thick foam in a storage closet at work and thought –“that would feel nice to use in…

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Autism and Play Skills

Babies first interact with the world by wiggling their arms and legs with no apparent purpose other than enjoying movement.…

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Using Reinforcement to Build Hand Skills

What is Behavior Modification? A basic principle in shaping or modifying behaviors is that people want to repeat an action…

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Handwriting

Handwriting is arguably one of the most difficult fine-motor skills a young child is required to learn. Not every child…

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Make Your Own Manipulation Snow People

The possibilities are endless when cutting up plastic containers for seasonal activities. Here are a few easy to make winter…

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Knots and Bows: Fun and Effective Strategies that Develop Manipulation Skills

Tying shoelaces may be one of the most challenging self-care dressing skills. I encourage caregivers to explore alternatives so that…

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