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Binder Geoboard to Develop Fine-Motor Skills 3m11s

Binder Geoboard to Develop Fine-Motor Skills

Purchase a geoboard or make your own using 2 old book binders, contact paper and elastics. Occupational therapists love using these because they help children or adults with developmental or learning disabilities to strengthen their hands and improve eye-hand coordination. Stretching the elastics provides sensory stimulation to muscles and joints that may help individuals on the autism spectrum to focus and learn. Attaching the board to a raised or angled surface may help children better visually attend to the activity because the board is right in front of the person's face. Try experimenting with color matching or copying designs from a picture or model. Learn more about activity adaptations at www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: September 8, 2017Updated: September 12, 201713 views
Sensory Visual Perception Writing Activity 3m41s

Sensory Visual Perception Writing Activity

This activity teaches children the spatial relationships between small and large letters and how they fit on writing lines. Practice this activity with children before offering paper and pencil. Pulling the shapes off the Velcro "lines" and wiping them clean requires using force and force provides sensory stimulation to muscles and joints. Learn about other easy to make and effective adaptions that help children and adults on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities at http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: September 2, 2017Updated: September 5, 201757 viewsVirality: 18%
Sensory Processing Disorder Activity: Stringing Coiled Hose 1m58s

Sensory Processing Disorder Activity: Stringing Coiled Hose

Children and adults with autism, sensory processing disorder and other developmental disabilities often seek out sensory stimulation to the eyes, muscles and joints. This unique stringing adaptation provides exactly this type of stimulation and its FUN! Simply take a coil type water hose and cut it to the desired length. Attach a sock or something to the bottom so that the user can stand on it, preventing the bottom from popping upward. This activity is great for developing balance, visual engagement and bilateral hand use (using hands together). Use rings that attach shower curtains, arts and crafts rings or cut your own out of plastic bottles. My clients love the sensation of pulling the coil upward and watching the rings spin downward. Learn more about adapting activities on my web site www.RecyclingOT.com and thank-you to Ben at www.Bensound.com for the lively music.

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Published: August 18, 2017Updated: August 21, 201729 views
Stretchy Ring and Ball Activity for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders 1m33s

Stretchy Ring and Ball Activity for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

Children and adults with autism, sensory processing disorders or other developmental disabilities often engage best when materials provide stimulation that meets their sensory needs. For example, it feels good to push and pull a ball attached to the table with elastic cord. This client needs frequent prompts to persist at most activities. However, he enjoys this type of sensory stimulation- the sensation to skin, muscles and joints as he pushes and pulls materials. Learn more about adapting activities for children or adults with autism, sensory processing disorders or other developmental disabilities on my web site: http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: August 15, 2017Updated: August 16, 201731 views
Do-It-Yourself Waterproof Cast Cover1m54s

Do-It-Yourself Waterproof Cast Cover

After hand surgery my hubby needed a waterproof cast cover so that he could shower and go boating. This video shows how he made an inexpensive cover out of a dry bag and Gear tie. After his injury heals and cast is removed he will find many other uses for these 2 products. Please check out my occupational therapy website and books for more clever adaptations to solve many types of challenges... http://www.RecyclingOT.com

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Published: August 8, 2017Updated: August 9, 201743 views
Weavable Toys Develop Fine-Motor Skills for autistic children 2m20s

Weavable Toys Develop Fine-Motor Skills for autistic children

Kids love manipulatives!! Make your own plastic shapes and frames to weave by cutting up plastic containers or purchase Weavable toys on my website RecyclingOT.com. Weaving develops eye-hand coordination and bending the plastic strengthens fingers. Design your own toys for endless possibilities! These toys are designed for children and adults with or without disabilities. It is easier to teach how to pull the shapes off the frame or remove from a long cord.... so first teach this skill to people with greater challenges. Increase challenge by using more complex shapes, smaller shapes, thinner cord and smaller notches to weave into or stiffer plastic. Learn more at: www.barbarasmithoccupationaltherapist.com/weavabletoys.html

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Published: August 5, 2017Updated: August 7, 201720 views
Make Your Own Paint Easel 1m40s

Make Your Own Paint Easel

Painting on an easel is fun for children and adults. I made this easel out of a cardboard box. Its easy to make and replace when someone accidentally throws it out! I use easels with children and adults with developmental and other disabilities because they make it easier for the client to reach and see how to move the brush. They also sit more upright when looking and reaching in the vertical plane. The client in the video is unable to grasp the paint brush unless it is attached to his hand with the cuff sold at EaZyHold.com. Now he is all set to enjoy painting....Learn more about activity adaptations at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: July 24, 2017Updated: July 25, 201714 views
How to make this helpful toy for children with autism1m40s

How to make this helpful toy for children with autism

This "curvy ring stack" is made out of a bird mister found at a yard sale. 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.

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Published: July 21, 2017Updated: July 24, 20174,504 views
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, 201736 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, 2017104 viewsVirality: 25%
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, 201772 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, 201719 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, 201711 views
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, 2017121 viewsVirality: 14%
Sensory Processing Activity: Pushing Objects between Elastics on Container 2m09s

Sensory Processing Activity: Pushing Objects between Elastics on Container

Children with sensory processing disorders, autism or other types of developmental disabilities often best engage when activities are "resistive". This means that force is required to push, pull or squeeze objects or the materials are weighted. Resistive materials stimulate muscles and joints and help develop body awareness. I adapted this simple insertion activity to require pushing objects between the elastics threaded through holes around the rim of the container BOTTOM. I use the bottom as the top because then I can unscrew the cover to remove objects later. This activity is great for very young children (as long as you supervise closely) to develop eye-hand coordination and strong fingers. Older children and adults with disabilities will also enjoy this unique sensory experience!

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Published: June 21, 2017Updated: June 22, 201756 views
The Happy Bee Keeper 51s

The Happy Bee Keeper

My son David Smolinski, the beekeeper got his first swarm a few years back by putting a cardboard box in our tree. Its been a struggle to keep some of them alive due to the harsh winters and pesticides. It seems that toxins either confuse the bees so that they leave the hive or kill them. Some of David's bees are thriving in locations with greater space and less spraying. David continues his work to create happy and healthy environments for bees..... sweet!

Stretchy, Weighted Sock Activity for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders 2m44s

Stretchy, Weighted Sock Activity for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

Children and adults with autism, sensory processing disorders or other disabilities often enjoy the sensory stimulation provided by weighted materials and activities that involve pushing or pulling. I filled some long stretchy socks with bags of sand and attached handles to each end. You may also use stretchy sleeves or pant legs from clothing instead of socks or tights. Cut some handles from detergent bottles and attach to the stretchy heavy material and see how much fun they have! I have used this with clients to motivate reaching, grasping, shaking, pulling and other movements. Some clients find this calming and it may decrease agitation. This activity can be incorporated into sensory motor games such as... Players hold an end while others run under or step over the "Sensory Socks". Try it, it's fun!

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Published: June 17, 2017Updated: June 19, 201790 views
Sensory Pull Bottle Helps Children with Autism or sensory Processing Disorders 2m39s

Sensory Pull Bottle Helps Children with Autism or sensory Processing Disorders

The "sensory pull bottle" is a fun way to help young children develop hand strength, coordination between right and left hands and to develop a hand preference. I incorporate this activity when working with children with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders or other impairments that impact developing hand skills. It can be used while the child is sitting, kneeling, standing, riding a horse or moving in other ways. The combination of movement, pulling and vibration helps to motivate and engage children.

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Published: June 13, 2017Updated: June 14, 2017119 viewsVirality: 27%
Hippotherapy with Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders 4m29s

Hippotherapy with Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders

Hippotherapy involves using the horse as a treatment tool. It is used by occupational, physical and speech therapists to develop motor, cognitive, communication, social and many other skills. The movement of the horse and the emotional bond that riders develop help children and adults with disabilities to focus, decrease touch sensitivities and use their hands to develop fine-motor skills. Learn more at RecyclingOT.com

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Published: June 9, 2017Updated: June 12, 2017143 views
How to Make an Activity Book for Somebody with Alzheimer's Disease 5m29s

How to Make an Activity Book for Somebody with Alzheimer's Disease

As an occupational therapist I made many meaningful activity for my mother to use when she developed Alzheimer's Disease. In this video I describe how to fill a binder with personalized stories, photographs, pictures and song lyrics. My mother enjoyed reading this all day long! Please visit my website to download photos and lyrics that you can use to make your own activity book for someone you love or care for who has memory impairment. RecyclingOT.com

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Published: June 5, 2017Updated: June 6, 201771 viewsVirality: 4%
Sensory Pull Activity for Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders 6m34s

Sensory Pull Activity for Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders

Children or adults with autism and/or sensory processing disorders often love the sensory feedback provided by pulling. This video demonstrates how to make a "Sensory Pull" activity that motivates children to visually attend as they develop postural control and strengthen their hands while receiving the type of sensory stimulation they seek and love.

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Published: June 3, 2017Updated: June 5, 201780 viewsVirality: 18%
Paint Roller Ring Stack for Children with Autism 1m59s

Paint Roller Ring Stack for Children with Autism

Individuals with autism and/or sensory processing disorders may find it challenging to engage in hand activities. The "paint roller ring stack" is fun, often motivating people because it meets their sensory needs while developing eye hand coordination and visual attention. It is made by wedging a paint roller handle inside a bottle; then secure in place with duct tape. As you see in the videos, it can be used in a variety of ways to meet the different needs of individuals. Please visit my website RecyclingOT.com for information about my books, CEU courses and blog.

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Published: June 2, 2017Updated: June 5, 2017149 views
Help children with autism build hand skills with slap bracelets4m36s

Help children with autism build hand skills with slap bracelets

This video demonstrates how to cut fruit shapes out of plastic bottles to make fine motor activities for children or adults with autism or other developmental disabilities, as well as typically developing children. Connecting and separating the bracelets from the plastic is a fun sensory experience and develops eye-hand coordination.

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Published: May 31, 2017Updated: June 2, 2017772 views
Smart geese know how to cross the street1m41s

Smart geese know how to cross the street

Why did the flock of geese cross the street? So that they can be caught on video and become Internet sensation! These very clever geese wait for the traffic light to change before crossing the street in front of the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. Such model citizens! Soon enough, one by one they start crossing and the cars stop for these feathery pedestrians! They look like the Beatles on that cross walk, only without the flair pants. If you are wondering why they didn’t just fly across, here’s an idea. Walking uses far less energy than flying. Conserving energy for fleeing danger and long migrations helps them survive. Geese tend to walk to their feeding site from water. Since geese are grazing animals, they will do more walking than flying. Still, it is one amazing sight to behold!

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Published: May 29, 2017Updated: June 2, 2017118,187 views