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"Curvy Ring Stack" for Children with Autism1m40s

"Curvy Ring Stack" for Children with Autism

A "curvy ring stack" is made out of a bird mister that I found at a yard sale. My clients with autism or other developmental disabilities enjoy the visual stimulation experienced when watching the rings spiral downward. They need to reach, pay visual attention and use their hands together as they develop eye-hand coordination. Learn more about activity adaptation at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

Sensory Pegboard for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities 5m04s

Sensory Pegboard for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

My "sensory pegboard" is easy to use because the "pegs" are actually bottles, large and easy to grasp and insert into the large holes. These "pegs" do not easily fall out! This helps children with decreased motor control. But the best part is the sensory stimulation provided by the weight of the water bottles, looking at colorful objects moving inside the bottle, the vibration and the music. These types of sensory-based adaptations help children and adults with developmental disabilities to engage and develop hand skills. Learn more at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: July 11, 2017Updated: July 12, 201727 views
How to Teach Zipping Skills 1m49s

How to Teach Zipping Skills

Many children with or without disabilities find connecting a zipper to be tricky! This video demonstrates a few fun adaptations that develop the bilateral coordination to open and close zippers. It usually helps to attach something like a pipe cleaner or toy to the zipper slider so that it is easier to grasp while pulling. When I teach hand skills to children or adults with disabilities, I always make sure there is a lot of REPETITION. The young man in the video is learning how to zip his own jacket for the first time in his life because he practiced attaching 5 zipper sliders every day for several months. A different client loves to insert objects into containers so I created a task where he needed to close the zippers before inserting them. I put a motorized toothbrush and some bells inside the container to add some sensory stimulation. Let me repeat…..repetition and adding some sensory stimulation help motivate my clients to engage in some challenging hand activities.

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Published: July 7, 2017Updated: July 10, 201743 views
Fun Activities that Develop Buttoning Skills 4m00s

Fun Activities that Develop Buttoning Skills

Children with sensory processing disorders or developmental disabilities such as autism- may find it challenging to learn how to open and close buttons. The adaptations shown in this video are designed to make learning easier by using large materials and repetition. So parents, teachers and therapists consider making "button squares", "button stringing", "button rings" and "button boards" to develop these hand skills. Learn more on my website at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: July 3, 2017Updated: July 5, 201736 views
"Sensory Rings" Help Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders 3m06s

"Sensory Rings" Help Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders

Children with autism, sensory processing disorders or other types of developmental disabilities often find heavy pressure from using heavy or tight squeezing materials calming. They may seek this type of sensation by crashing into cushions or people! This video shows how to make "sensory rings" out of socks and supermarket bags. They are virtually free and quick to make. Moving the rings over the body develops body awareness and coordination while meeting the child's sensory needs. Learn more at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: June 29, 2017Updated: June 30, 20177 views
How to Make Vibrating Candy Cane Ring Stacks for Children with Autism 4m35s

How to Make Vibrating Candy Cane Ring Stacks for Children with Autism

Children and adults with autism, sensory processing disorders or developmental disabilities often engage better and enjoy using materials that vibrate. The vibration provides sensory stimulation to muscles and joints and the sound helps them stay focused. This video demonstrates 2 different types of ring stacks made inexpensively from plastic candy canes and rings cut out of detergent bottles. As an occupational therapist, I look for ways to adapt activities so that my clients are motivated to engage, focus, use their hands together and develop new skills. Learn more at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: June 27, 2017Updated: June 28, 2017
How Vibration Helps Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders 3m37s

How Vibration Helps Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders

Children with or without disabilities often love vibration! Vibration stimulates the muscles and joints and this, in turn, helps develop body awareness and coordination. The sound and feel of the motor often motivates individuals with autism or sensory processing disorders to grasp and manipulate objects such as ring stacks or stringing even though they typically avoid using their hands. I adapt many activities to vibrate when I work as an occupational therapist with both children and adults with developmental disabilities. This video demonstrates just a few of my creations. There are many more strategies in my book From Flapping to Function: A Parent's Guide to Autism and Hand Skills. Learn more at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: June 23, 2017Updated: June 27, 201728 viewsVirality: 44%