How to Provide Proprioception: Using Resistive Fine-Motor Activities

Squeeze, Push, Pull! Activities that involve squeezing, pushing or pulling provide proprioceptive sensory stimulation to the hand joints and muscles.…

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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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Buckles: Fun and Effective Strategies to Manipulate Fasteners

Simulated Buckles¬† Opening buckles is relatively easy- involving a series of bilateral pulling motions. However, closing buckles is a trickier…

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Low Vision Treatment Strategies

I made the following video decades ago. It explains what low vision is and the role of occupational therapy in…

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