Make Your Own Bilateral Bat, Two-Handled Pull and Zoom Ball Activities

The following bilateral sensory activities are easy to individualize, age appropriate for both children and adults and can be used…

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Deaf-Blind Client Bilateral/Sensory Manipulation Activities to Develop Fine-Motor Skills

This client is blind, deaf and developmentally disabled. He appears to enjoy insertion tasks, but will stop if they are…

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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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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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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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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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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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