From Flapping to Function: A Parent’s Guide to Autism and



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It’s easy to cut shapes out of detergent bottle plastic. The shapes- in this video- bananas- can be attached using bracelets. Some individuals will find it easier to first learn how to remove the bracelets. Others will be able to attach it. I find that attaching or closing materials (i.e. buttons, snaps, knots) takes more skill than opening materials.
Many children love to insert, so provide a container with the appropriate sized opening to provide a just right challenge and success. Choose how to use these materials according to the individual’s abilities and have fun…….
This activity works on eye-hand coordination, sensory awareness, matching and sequencing skills. The young man in the video is blind and when I met him 3 years ago, he did not want to touch anything ! Learn more about adapting activities to develop functional hand skills in my book: FROM FLAPPING TO FUNCTION: A PARENT’S GUIDE TO AUTISM AND HAND SKILLS.

The Recycling Occupational Therapist demonstrates a few sensory based adaptations that help children and adults with autism and other developmental disorder to develop hand skills.

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