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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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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