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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Packing Foam Activities for Developmental Disabilities

I found this thick foam in a storage closet at work and thought –“that would feel nice to use in…

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Autism and Play Skills

Babies first interact with the world by wiggling their arms and legs with no apparent purpose other than enjoying movement.…

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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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Knots and Bows: Fun and Effective Strategies that Develop Manipulation Skills

Tying shoelaces may be one of the most challenging self-care dressing skills. I encourage caregivers to explore alternatives so that…

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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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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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Why Vertical or Angled Surfaces Promote Fine-Motor Skills

There are several advantages to attaching toys, creating games, and even writing on vertical or angled surfaces as opposed to…

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