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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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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Executive Functioning, Autism and Hand Skills

What is Executive Functioning? An excerpt from From Flapping to Function: A Parent’s Guide to Autism and Hand Skills. The…

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