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Bilateral Ring Stack  for Individuals with  Developmental  Disabilities1m46s

Bilateral Ring Stack for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

I created this bilateral ring stack many years ago to encourage children and adults with developmental disabilities to use both hands during fine motor activities. This is made by wedging two dowels inside a box or other container; secure in place with duct tape. This ring stack is more than a simple repetitive task. It provides the following sensory stimulation which may motivate engagement because it is fun! 1)There are pictures to look at and possibly identify (visual stimulation) 2)A dog toy is attached to the container. It squeaks when the shapes are pressed down hard enough (auditory stimulation) 3) Force is required to push these shapes down and activate the squeaky toy (proprioceptive stimulation). 4) You may be able to wedge a motorized toothbrush inside one or both dowels (more proprioceptive stimulation). 5) Clients may stand or walk around to retrieve materials. If you place a box of shapes on the floor and the stack on the table, they will be moving up and down (vestibular stimulation). Learn more about occupational therapy adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

Visual Stimulation  Ring Stack for  Individuals with  Autism 1m10s

Visual Stimulation Ring Stack for Individuals with Autism

This activity is very easy to make and fun for typically developing children as well as children and adults with autism or other developmental disorders that impact attention and hand skills. Individuals need to use both hands to position the rings with notches cut in the center on top of the “spiral sensory ring stack”. Then they let go and enjoy the visual stimulation of the shape spiraling down. I bought the helicopter toy at the Dollar store. The spiral piece is wedged and taped inside a bottle opening. I cut the colorful plastic rings out of detergent and dishwasher soap bottles and cut notches in the center. This activity promotes visual attention, eye-hand coordination and using hands together. Learn more about activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

Stretchy Cord Ring  Stack for Individuals  with Developmental  Disabilities 2m09s

Stretchy Cord Ring Stack for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Children or adults with developmental disabilities may enjoy the sensory stimulation they experience while pulling shapes attached to stretchy cord. They need to stabilize the board with one hand while pulling the shape so that they can place it over the "ring stack" in the center of the board. Pulling stimulates muscles and joints and strengthens hands. Additional tactile stimulation was provided when I covered the board with fur and attached an electric tooth brush to the center. I made the plastic shapes by cutting up plastic containers. Punch holes in them to attach to the cord. The wooden circle shown in the video happened to be available at work, but you can make a similar board by cutting up the lid to a large storage container. Learn more about activity adaptations at: http://www.RecyclingOT.com

Partner Activity for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities 1m50s

Partner Activity for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Many of my clients enjoy pushing golf balls into a small opening in a bucket lid. This takes force and provides sensory stimulation. I built onto that activity so that they work with a partner as one person inserts balls into the tube and the other person retrieves it and then pushes it into the hole. The individuals in the video range from young adult to elderly and non-ambulatory to very active. This activity promotes bilateral hand skills, sequencing and social skills. Learn more about activity adaptations at http://www.RecyclingOT.com