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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Hypermobility, Posture and Back Pain

I have had hypermobile joints all my life! Of course, I didn’t know what that was 67 years ago, when…

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Developmental Disabilities and Switches to Activate Battery-Operated Devices

Many children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are more willing to engage in activities that provide a…

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From Patting to Pincer

A fetus’s nervous system enables her to kick, push and reposition while still snug inside the womb. After birth, the…

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Treating Individuals with Self-Injurious Behaviors

What is Self-Injurious Behavior? Many children and adults with and without disabilities engage in what is called self-injurious behavior (SIB).…

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Functional Vision Do-It-Yourself Activities

What is Functional Vision? In my book From Flapping to Function: A Parent’s Guide to Autism and  Hand Skills,  I describe…

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How “Success-Only” Activities Promote Learning

Many years ago, I worked at a day program training adults with developmental disabilities and noticed that some of them…

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Is it A Sensory Processing Or Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Excerpt from: From Flapping to Function: A Parent’s Guide to Autism and Hand Skills When I hear the word autism…

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