Developing the Tripod Grasp

Just as a baby gradually develops more mature grasps (such as the pincer) to hold and manipulate objects, her grasp…

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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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The Benefits of Adapting Activities with Built-up Handles

What Is a Built-Up Handle? A Built-Up or Englarged handle is an adaptation that makes grasping easier. It may be…

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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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Scissors: Occupational Therapy Tips

Cutting with scissors is one of the most challenging fine motor skills! Providing the right scissors, teaching correct techniques, and…

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How to Make Looping Crafts Out of Recycled Materials

What are Loop Crafts? Many children love weaving loops to create pot holders! The commercially available craft loops are vibrant…

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