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Make-Your-Own Buckle Manipulation Toys 2m50s

Make-Your-Own Buckle Manipulation Toys

Parents, therapists and teachers.... cut up your round containers to make toy buckles. Pushing the tab in and out of the notches develops strong fingers and eye-hand coordination. Use super large food containers for large rings and smaller shampoo bottles for smaller rings. Children can choose to buckle, pull rings open, toss them onto a ring stack or even string them on big strips of fabric. This activity is especially beneficial for children or adults with fine motor challenges who may struggle to close a belt. Make-Your-own buckles are easier than using real belt buckles and there is opportunity for REPETITION! Learn more about activity adaptations at

Published: November 18, 2017Updated: November 20, 201736 views
Types of Cues/Prompts to Support Learning 3m36s

Types of Cues/Prompts to Support Learning

This video demonstrates the types of cues or prompts that may be used to support learning in educational or training settings. These include: 1) Hand over hand assistance 2) physical assistance 3) touch prompts 3) point cues and 4) verbal cues. I frequently use a combination of these supports. For example, I might give physical assistance to reach toward the spoon and then a touch and verbal cue to bring it to his mouth. As a person practices a skill, try to provide the least amount of prompting needed in order to be successful. In addition, pictures may be used, especially when teaching a multi-step task such as laundry or setting the table. Learn more about activity adaptations on my website at:

Published: November 10, 2017Updated: November 13, 201716 views
Matching Lids Sensory Activity 2m13s

Matching Lids Sensory Activity

When my son was little he loved helping me make activities such as this for my occupational therapy clients. Many of these clients had developmental disabilities, including autism and challenges such as weak hands, short attention spans and poor coordination. The bottle tops are attached to the big detergent container with strips of stretchy fabric. Pulling on the fabric provides sensory stimulation to muscles and joints. Screwing or unscrewing the covers develops strong fingers and coordination. Matching the covers to the bottle tops develops visual perceptual skills. Learn about other activity adaptations at

Published: November 7, 2017Updated: November 8, 2017
How to Make an Adapted Handle for Sponge Painting 2m25s

How to Make an Adapted Handle for Sponge Painting

People who have difficulty grasping a paintbrush perhaps...due to hand weakness, arthritis pain or spasticity may be able to grasp this adapted Handle for sponge painting. This is one of the many adaptations described in my book: THE RECYCLING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST. Learn more at

Published: November 7, 2017Updated: November 8, 201715 views
Improving Function with Adapted handles 2m24s

Improving Function with Adapted handles

People with spasticity may have difficulty grasping or stabilizing objects. This video demonstrates how to adapt with handles cut out of detergent, dishwasher or other bottles. The handles can be attached to activities such as ring stacks, sorting containers or shape sorters using Velcro or tape. This adaptation enabled the little girl in the pink sweater to grasp the green handle attached to the coffee can while inserting picture cards. At the same time her little hand is opened up instead of fisted, helping to maintain her range-of-motion. Learn more about activity adaptations at

Published: November 4, 2017Updated: November 6, 201745 views
Prompts for  WH Questions and Answers: Walking in the Woods 5m00s

Prompts for WH Questions and Answers: Walking in the Woods

I made this video to use with developmentally disabled individuals and others who need conversational prompts to ask and answer simple WH- "who", "what" "why", "when" and "where" questions. Sometimes staff find it challenging to promote these types of social exchanges and I am hoping that videos with built in questions might help them. I realize that many clients will not relate to the experience of walking in the woods and seeing a lake but this happened to be where I spent a lovely fall weekend in New Hampshire. Enjoy! Visit my website for lots of other activity ideas...

Published: November 3, 2017Updated: November 6, 2017
PUlling Objects Out of Sensory Socks 1m55s

PUlling Objects Out of Sensory Socks

The young man in this video typically does not like to use his hands together to stabilize materials. His attention span is very short and after a few repetitions he usually throws or pushes objects away. I knew that he liked deep pressure and his eyes lit up when he felt his arm inside the tight sock as he removed objects. I am sure that he would do even better if there were an electric toothbrush attached to the bottom. However, I am very proud of him for telling me that he wanted "more" and attending for over a minute.... More sensory strategies at

Published: November 2, 2017Updated: November 6, 2017141 views
Spider and Web Fine-Motor Activity1m55s

Spider and Web Fine-Motor Activity

Wrap and knot cord all over a weighted ball and then tie several black fabric strips all over them. Some of my clients love to untie the "spider legs" and then insert them into the "web". The weighted ball is calming to use on one's lap or table. Children and adults with fine-motor challenges will have a fun opportunity to develop strong fingers and dexterity as they repetitively tie or untie these knots. Learn more about sensory activities and adaptations at

Published: October 27, 2017Updated: October 30, 201760 views