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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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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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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Dyspraxia: Strategies for Sensory Processing Disorders

  Dyspraxia is one of the 6 subtypes of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)  Many children have more than one of the…

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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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