Stretching and Strengthening in Natural Environments

Like many others, I spent a lot of time at home during the pandemic, not exercising as much as I…

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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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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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Make a Collage for Occupational Therapy!

What is a Collage? I have always loved making collages… since the first time I squirted glue on a smaller…

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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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