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Simple Pull Activity  for Sensory Processing  Disorders 2m30s

Simple Pull Activity for Sensory Processing Disorders

Individuals with sensory processing disorders (SPD) often have decreased hand strength, avoid using their hands together and have poor coordination. This describes many children and adults on the autism spectrum or who have another type of disability. This simple activity encourages using hands together because it is really difficult to perform with one hand! Many people with SPD avoid touching different types of materials but don’t mind plastic. It takes a lot of force to pull these plastic rings off the cord and pulling with force stimulates muscles and joints while strengthening muscles. Adapt for your child or individual: 1) Use rings with larger or smaller holes in the center depending so that they are successful. You can always use rings with smaller holes later as they get stronger. 2) Some of my clients prefer to stand and pace while performing this (See in the video how I tied the cord around my waist while the client pulled the rings off). Other clients prefer sitting at a table or in a chair away from the table. 3) Pulling the rings off takes less motor planning skill and coordination than stringing them on. But some children or clients may be able to or prefer to string. 4) Ring shapes are easier to grasp and manipulate than beads and they don’t roll away. But you may certainly progress onto using large and then smaller beads. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Adapted Ring  Stack for  Individual with  Hemiplegia 1m56s

Adapted Ring Stack for Individual with Hemiplegia

My client is using a ring stack I adapted just for him! I wedged a tube inside the container lid. Next, I attached a dowel for his left hand to grasp so that he is involved in stabilizing the materials. His left hand is spastic and typically fisted, so this is a great way to relax it while he uses his right hand to reach, grasp, position and release the ring shapes. I simply sliced up cylindrical containers or cut holes in lids to make "rings". I can't show his smiling face, but he really enjoys being able to do a hand activity and some days can do it independently! The strap I used to help him keep his left hand on the dowel is sold by https://eazyhold.com/ Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Make-Your-Own Yarn for Plastic Bag Knitting 2m31s

Make-Your-Own Yarn for Plastic Bag Knitting

This video demonstrates how to cut up supermarket plastic bags to make "yarn" used for knitting. I knit bags of different sizes and shapes, usually to hold therapy materials or groceries. People are always impressed when I tell them that they are made of supermarket bags and they are super STRONG. Making yarn works on many fine-motor skills as a child or adult 1) rolls up the supermarket bags 2) snips 4-5 pieces from each bag 3) stretches them open into giant plastic rings 4) knots them into a long chain 5) rolls the chain into a “yarn ball” 6) knits The best part is that all the yarn is free and if you mess up, it costs nothing.... Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Make-Your-Own:  Knot Craft for  Fine-Motor Skills 2m14s

Make-Your-Own: Knot Craft for Fine-Motor Skills

This knot craft is so simple to make! Just cut loops out of old socks or stretchy sleeves. Then children or adults with or without disabilities develop coordination as they create loop chains. Some clients enjoy making the chain grow to shak3, pull or swirl. Others enjoy taking them apart to insert or push down a ring stack. No matter how it’s used, this is an easy, inexpensive way to develop manipulation skills. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Tying or Untying   Knots on Weighted  Bags for Sensory  Processing 1m34s

Tying or Untying Knots on Weighted Bags for Sensory Processing

Here is a fun way to teach how to tie or untie a knot. I inserted plastic bags of sand inside socks, sleeves or other fabric and tied the pink, fleece fabric strips to them. The fleece is thick and easier to manipulate than thin string. I adapted the activity to require matching the colors or fabric designs on the bags. Carrying heavy bags and all the pulling provides sensory stimulation. The client in the video is quite good at tying and untying the knots. Another client enjoyed most of the steps to this task. However, he has poor motor planning skills and required hand-over-hand assistance to grasp and pull apart the fabric ends to tighten the loose knot that I made. Teaching the last step of a task first is a technique called “backward chaining”. My client experiences success as he completes the easiest and final step in the sequence to knot tying. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Pull-Apart-Plastics Develop Fine-Motor Skills 1m30s

Pull-Apart-Plastics Develop Fine-Motor Skills

Pulling-apart these plastic pieces strengthens fingers and is sensory fun! I cut the plastic from bottles and other containers. Next, I attached Velcro Loop to both sides of the green ones and Hook to both sides of the red ones. Some children may be able to stack them up by alternating colors before ripping them apart to insert. This is a wonderful activity that develop eye-hand coordination and bilateral hand skills! Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Recycling OT:  Suitcase  Activity with  Developmentally  Disabled Clients 1m50s

Recycling OT: Suitcase Activity with Developmentally Disabled Clients

I love to recycle suitcases, duffle bags and backpacks because the zippers are large and easy to manipulate. I cut away the back of the suitcase shown in the video so that the front piece can be held or attached to a wall. There are 3 zippered pockets filled with objects to remove. This video demonstrates how I individualized the activity for my clients. 1) a blind client sits at the table, using both hands to search inside the pockets 2) a client with flexed posture reaches high as she holds the suitcase with one hand to remove objects with the other hand 3)Clients who love to move- transport the materials to the container located across the room or even in a different room. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Stringing Washers: Great for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders 1m34s

Stringing Washers: Great for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

It is fun to string these washers because they look and feel great! Washers are perfect for children or adults with coordination challenges because they are easy to grasp and won't roll away when dropped. I use thick fabric instead of flimsy string to further promote success. My clients need to use force to push the washers all the way down the fabric strip. Use of force provides sensory stimulation to the muscles and joints in the hands helping children with sensory processing disorders be more aware of their hands and how to use them. The washers get heavy after a while and weight also provides sensory stimulation. Please note that I attached the stringing fabric to cord tied around the table so that the materials cannot be thrown. Washer stringing is repetitive and often calming and as you see in the video some people love the teamwork! Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Ring Stack, Shape Sorter  and Stringing for  Individuals with  Developmental Disabilities 1m19s

Ring Stack, Shape Sorter and Stringing for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

I originally cut up a container to make a shape sorter for a blind individual. He pulled the round, triangular or cube shapes from Velcro backings and inserted them into the corresponding holes. But he got bored after a while. So, I cut a hole in the center of the same white container to wedge a tube. This functions as a ring stack. The rings are easy to cut from container lids, other plastic containers or purchase them. Finally, I attached a strip of fabric to the top of the tube for stringing small rings or any objects that have holes in them. This client is blind and non-verbal but understands directions and has very good fine-motor skills. I love giving him variety, especially when there is some problem-solving involved. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

How to Make Natural Sun Screen 2m30s

How to Make Natural Sun Screen

This video demonstrates how to make natural sun screen using bee's wax. Stir into the pot equal parts of: 1. purified wax 2. coconut oil 3. olive oil Then slowly stir in 3 tablespoons of zinc oxide. Hubby carefully stirred and alternated pouring the ingredients into two jars so that the contents would be an even consistency. It smells and feels fantastic and best of all works!!! Making and using this sun screen is a wonderful sensory experience and older children or clients may be able to help with some of the steps. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Fidgety Stringing for  Individuals with Autism1m30s

Fidgety Stringing for Individuals with Autism

Children and adults with autism and/or other types of developmental disabilities often love materials that involve pulling, squeezing or pushing. These materials are sensory-based because they stimulate the muscles, joints and skin. I attached retractable clips that hold name IDs to a book stand. They are really fun to pull! I cut lots of ring shapes out of plastic containers, but you can use other small objects with openings that can be strung onto the clips. I tied pieces of fabric to the ends so that the rings won't easily fall off. The thicker the fabric, the more challenging the stringing will be. Have fun adapting! Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Bowling for  Children Who are  Unable to Grasp1m26s

Bowling for Children Who are Unable to Grasp

This "bowling alley" is adapted so that children or adults with disabilities do not need to grasp or reach far. All they need to do is push the ball or tubular object that is stabilized with Velcro. I like to vary the sensory qualities so some make sounds, have fun textures, bright colors and even vibrate. Consider adding a switch that is activated when the ball taps it. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Playing Catch with Bags of Sand is Great for Sensory Processing Disorders1m05s

Playing Catch with Bags of Sand is Great for Sensory Processing Disorders

Children or adults with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) often love using heavy materials. I filled plastic sands with sand, placed them inside socks, sleeves or pants legs from old clothing and sewed them closed. Use them in a game of "hot potato", catch with a partner or catch in a group with the player in the center throwing it to others sitting in a circle. This activity works on motor planning skills, strengthening, social skills and attention. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Sensory Buttoning Board1m28s

Sensory Buttoning Board

I adapt many activities to use on a large book stand so that my clients need to reach shoulder level. This helps to strengthen the upper extremities, improves posture and promotes visual attention. Use large buttons or make our own by cutting plastic circles out of detergent bottles and then punching holes in them. I attached them to the book stand using elastic cord. My clients love the plush, soft fleece that someone had donated! This tactile sensory experience motivated them to engage as they improved their fine motor control. Some clients enjoyed color matching. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Color Matching for  Children with  Sensory Processing  Disorders 1m41s

Color Matching for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

This color matching activity requires lots of pulling as children match and attach different color rings. Using force stimulates the muscles and joints helping to increase body awareness and motor skills. Some children will enjoy the color matching aspect. Others may prefer to pull the shapes off and insert into the container. In either case, this is a fun, sensory-based learning activity. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Paper Towel Adaptation:  for Individuals with  Developmental  Disabilities 2m08s

Paper Towel Adaptation: for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

This simple adaptation makes it easier for my client to cut the correct amount of paper towel and fold it in half. She loves to help others so she is preparing a towel for each of her peers to use for lunch. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Busy Bottles for  Individuals with  Developmental  Disabilities 1m50s

Busy Bottles for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Children or adults with developmental disabilities often love to manipulate by shaking, pulling, pushing or rolling. This video demonstrates how to make and use a simple make-your-own "busy bottle" activity. It works great for this client because she cannot throw it off her tray or choke on any small moving parts. It was free to make and individualized just for her…. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://.www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

How to Make Sensory Shoulder or  Lap Pads for Children with Autism 3m17s

How to Make Sensory Shoulder or Lap Pads for Children with Autism

Many children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) and/or autism spectrum disorders find weighted vests, blankets, collars and lap pads to be calming. This video demonstrates how to make them! This was a great way to put my old sweat shirts, pants and socks to use. Here are the steps: 1) Put sand into a plastic bag and tie the end. 2) Put the plastic bag inside a sock and tie the end 3) Put the sock inside a second sock so that the outer sock can be washed 4) Place these double layered socks either inside an extra long sock or bag for insertion/removal tasks OR 5) Place bags of sand inside the sleeves and body of an old pair of pants or sweatshirt. Tie up all openings so that contents stay inside 6) Place the filled pants or sweatshirt into a second one so that the outer layer can be washed. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

How to Adapt a  Lunch Box to Open  and Close with One Hand 1m45s

How to Adapt a Lunch Box to Open and Close with One Hand

My client is eager to be as independent as possible. He has a developmental disability and had a stroke a few years ago that impaired his right side. His friend sewed the loops onto the lunch box so that he can use his right arm to stabilize it while opening or closing the zipper. I love how he is using his weak arm instead of leaving it hanging at his side. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Crossing Midline Alphabet Sequencing for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders 1m57s

Crossing Midline Alphabet Sequencing for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

Some children with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) avoid crossing midline. Imagine a line running down your body dividing it into right and left sides. This line is called “Midline”. Sometimes your right hand will cross over left of this line and your left hand will cross right of this line. We describe this as "crossing midline" (CML). Children with SPD often avoid crossing midline. They may only reach for objects on their right with their right hand and only reach for objects on their left with their left hand. This is not very efficient, especially when they color with whichever hand is closest to the crayon rather than the dominant hand. Activities such as the one in the video are designed to promote CML. Ask the child to alternate using right and left hands while sequencing the letters and at times they will need to cross midline. Learn more about activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

Pushing and  Pulling Lens  Holder Sensory  Activity 2m10s

Pushing and Pulling Lens Holder Sensory Activity

My clients helped me to make this activity out of my contact lens holders, a plastic container and stickers. I cut lots of slits on all sides of the container. Children or adults with developmental disabilities can enjoy this pull and push activity that works on: 1) stabilizing with one hand 2) strengthening the fingers 3) eye -hand coordination Pulling and pushing using force provides sensory stimulation that many individuals find calming. Optional adaptation: Sorting the colors so that each side of the container has a different color. Learn more about activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

Eye-Hand  Coordination  Insertions Ring  Stack for Individuals  with Autism 1m34s

Eye-Hand Coordination Insertions Ring Stack for Individuals with Autism

The "Insertions Ring Stack" is very versatile and develops many skills. Children or adults with disabilities may find repetitive tasks soothing. This involves pushing rings down the tubing and inserting small objects inside. Your child or client will need to think about which of these steps to perform. This activity promotes: • eye-hand coordination • using hands together • visual and auditory stimulation • proprioceptive stimulation by pushing the objects down • following directions • sequencing skills • problem solving I cut the rings and small objects out of plastic bottles, but you can use other types of rings or small objects in the same way. Be sure to supervise closely or avoid if your child or client puts small objects in his or her mouth. This activity can be adapted by • using larger rings to make success easier • smaller rings that require force to push and thus, provide greater sensory feedback. • try placing a motorized toothbrush inside the container and see how your child or client reacts! Learn more about activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

Spring Toy Ring  Stacks for  Sensory  Stimulation 1m28s

Spring Toy Ring Stacks for Sensory Stimulation

Manipulating springs makes a fun sound and feels good. I have incorporated them into insertion and ring stack activities. In the video my clients stack rings onto a cat toy made out of a spring and mouse. I can position it to the client’s side, behind or use while the client is kneeling or standing on a dynamic surface such as a platform swing or horse. The door spring is fun to push also and can be attached to a container to stabilize while "boinking" it or placing rings on top. It takes a lot of force to push and thus, lots of sensory stimulation. Notice that I use small rings when I want to work on using hands together to push and larger rings when working on postural control. I love the versatility of these simple materials! Learn more about activity adaptations at: http://www.RecyclingOT.com

Weighted Backpack  for Sensory Processing  Disorders 1m30s

Weighted Backpack for Sensory Processing Disorders

Many children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) find weighted vests, blankets, collars and lap pads to be calming. This video demonstrates one of my clients enjoying the sensation of wearing a backpack filled with bottles of sand. I also stuffed a dog toy inside so that she can enjoy deep pressure fun when pressing against a wall to make it squeak. She is often flapping her arms around so I added the socks to pull or hold onto for additional movement and deep pressure sensory stimulation Learn more about activity adaptations on my website: http://www.RecyclingOT.com

Jig for Unscrewing a Bottle Cap 1m25s

Jig for Unscrewing a Bottle Cap

My client has difficulty unscrewing tight bottle caps since his right side is weak. I made this jig by cutting the side of a cube shaped container so that the side lays flat on the table. He is able to place his right arm on top of this to stabilize the jig. He needs to push the bottle into the hole using a lot of force and he is really strong since he uses that left side all the time. The bottle does NOT wiggle as he unscrews the cap. He has the option of 1) placing a straw into the bottle and drinking with it inside the jig or 2) removing the bottle after screwing the cap back on loosely. This really is a great way for him to practice using his right arm to assist and maybe it will eventually get stronger. Learn more about activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com