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Sensory Table for  Individuals with  Developmental  Disabilities 1m20s

Sensory Table for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

This "sensory table" enables me to provide a fun, safe area for clients to pull, push, squeeze, roll and even pedal an arm cycle. The materials are strapped onto the table and nothing reaches as far as their mouths- removing choking risks. The idea came when I observed these individuals reaching over to grab materials other clients were using for insertions, puzzles or ring stacks. Some materials on this "sensory table" make sounds or vibrate. It’s a work in progress as I add new items that my clients may enjoy or remove items they grow bored with.... Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Teamwork to  Perform  "Clothespin"  Insertion Activity 1m46s

Teamwork to Perform "Clothespin" Insertion Activity

One of my clients is blind, likes to sing and has pretty good coordination. The other has cerebral palsy, uses a communication book and loves to help. They are the best of friends as you will see in this video as they work together to remove the plastic "clothespins" from the cord I tied around the table. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Blind-Deaf Client  performing Reach and  Insert Activity 1m21s

Blind-Deaf Client performing Reach and Insert Activity

This sweet man is blind-deaf and cognitively impaired, but he enjoys insertion tasks, especially novel ones. He has been inserting objects into container openings for many years and he seemed to enjoy a new challenge--- reaching to remove the "clothespins" I made by cutting up plastic containers. This activity works on: 1) exploring his environment 2) reaching with both hands 3) using one hand to stabilize the container while using the other hand to insert objects. Notice that I attached golf balls with Velcro to the top of the table to insert into the containers round hole. The bucket functions as a 2 hole shape- sorter. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Hoola Hoop Motor Planning Game 1m37s

Hoola Hoop Motor Planning Game

My clients really enjoyed this hoop activity! It requires 2 hoops and 3 or more players. The player in orange picks up the empty hoop and places it over the first individual. Then this first individual steps out of the hoop and the 2nd player steps into the newly emptied hoop. This sequence can continue indefinitely. Some children or adults may be able to play this with 2 teams and compete to see who can reach an end point first.... I love this activity because it works on • balance as the individuals step in and out of hoops • motor planning as the hoop is placed over a player’s head • following directions and • patience to wait for the other players to complete their part…. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

High-Low- Reaching Activity for Individuals with Autism 1m55s

High-Low- Reaching Activity for Individuals with Autism

Make-Your-Own clothespins for an unlimited supply of bright, vibrant, any size clothespins to clip onto a line. Here is the video that demonstrates how… https://rumble.com/v690er-diy-clothespins-activity-to-build-fine-motor-skills.html I love this activity because my clients get exercise and sensory stimulation when moving high and low or across the room to retrieve materials. They are also working on visual attention, manipulation skills and sequencing. Color sorting is optional. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

DIY: Clothespins  Activity to Build  Fine-Motor Skills 1m23s

DIY: Clothespins Activity to Build Fine-Motor Skills

Do-It-Yourself clothespins can be used in many different activities with children or adults with or without disabilities. Your children will love watching you recycle plastic containers to make their toys! The video shows the metal CD stand I found at a yard sale. It seemed perfect for attaching either purchased or home-made clothespins. Some individuals love color matching and others may prefer simply removing them. The individual in the video has a lot of energy so I scattered the plastic pins on the floor for him to gather up before attaching. The metal stand is removed when he is finished to avoid accidentally throwing it. Option: Try tying cord across the room to attach the “clothespins”. Reaching to attach or remove them is great exercise for elderly individuals or anyone who benefits from reaching activities. Residents in nursing homes may enjoy this, too! Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Velcro Fine-Motor Task  for Individuals with  Developmental  Disabilities 1m27s

Velcro Fine-Motor Task for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Ripping Velcro off backings is fun for children and adults! Pulling provides sensory stimulation to muscles and joints and many people enjoy the ripping sound. The client in the video is blind , so the auditory and proprioceptive input helps him focus as he sequences the steps of 1) ripping the shapes off the board and 2) inserting them into the container. Students or clients with vision might enjoy identifying pictures before ripping them off the board. Some may be able to identify the shapes. It has been challenging to find a repetitive task that this individual can perform independently, I think I found a winner….. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Deep Pressure Sensory  Processing  Activity: Pulling Rings off Cord Inside Sock 1m46s

Deep Pressure Sensory Processing Activity: Pulling Rings off Cord Inside Sock

Pulling objects out of a tight sock provides deep pressure sensory stimulation to skin, muscles and joints. This activity adaptation adds the complexity of pulling the rings off of the cord that is attached inside the long sock. This client is visually impaired and frequently seeks sensory stimulation by shaking her head. I think that she enjoys this type of repetitive sensory-based activity that offers a greater challenge that simply inserting objects into an opening. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Stringing Sensory  Shapes  for Individuals  with Autism 1m15s

Stringing Sensory Shapes for Individuals with Autism

This activity combines stringing with fitting shapes into a container opening. Use thicker cord or make the lid opening smaller to increase the amount of force required. Using force to pull and push provides sensory stimulation to muscles and joints. Many children or adults with sensory processing disorders and/or autism may be motivated to engage in this type of sensory-based adaptation. Explore inserting a motorized toothbrush into the container for addition stimulation! The client shown in this video typically avoids using his hands together but loves simple insertion tasks. The combination of stringing and insertion is very motivating for him. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

How to Make A  Sensory Activity  out of a Phone  Charger Coil 2m04s

How to Make A Sensory Activity out of a Phone Charger Coil

Recycle those broken phone chargers or buy a cheap one from a Dollar Store to make this great sensory stimulation fine-motor activity. Suitable for young children with or without disabilities or adults who enjoy repetitive hand tasks; this activity develops skills to: 1) Use hands together 2) Eye-Hand coordination 3) Manipulate screw covers 4) Color matching In addition, this activity helps children discover which hand they prefer using. Notice which hand seems stronger or better coordinated while grasping the handle with one hand and pulling with the other and then reversing hands used. Ask your child or student which feels better. Pulling the shapes on or off the coils requires force and force builds strength while stimulating the muscles and joints. Many of my clients find this calming. Give it a try! Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

Looping Craft: Team Work 1m08s

Looping Craft: Team Work

Both of these adults with developmental disabilities have behavioral challenges and love to earn token rewards at their day program. They can easily become frustrated and agitated but were highly motivated to work together to sequence adding loops to a long chain. I provided verbal directions and actually started to sing them and after about 10 minutes they were able to work with only supervision. One client has the motor planning skills to form and sequence the loops and the other client has he skills to pull the long strand -keeping the materials taut and untangled. I love team work! Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

How to Make  "Spring Rings" for  Fine-Motor  Activities 1m50s

How to Make "Spring Rings" for Fine-Motor Activities

Children and adults with autism and/or other types of developmental disabilities will be motivated to pull these home-made “spring rings” as they stretch them over a ring stack or pull them off objects (i.e. ring stacks or suspended cord) to insert into container openings. Pulling on these springy spirals is fun to watch and stimulates the skin, joints and muscles in the process. Manipulating these rings promotes using hands together and motor planning skills. Children with or without disabilities will enjoy all this sensory stimulation and children who avoid touching objects may find them irresistible! Learn more about activity adaptations on my website and blog: http://www.RecyclingOT.com http://www.RecyclingOT.blogspot.com

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