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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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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Fun and Effective Activities to Teach Buttoning Skills

Dressing skills develop substantially during the 2nd year of life. They are wonderful bilateral activities! Repetitive, button manipulation activities will…

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Executive Functioning, Autism and Hand Skills

What is Executive Functioning? An excerpt from From Flapping to Function: A Parent’s Guide to Autism and Hand Skills. The…

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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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