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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stretchy Rings

This activity is so inexpensive, easy to make and therapeutic, I can't believe I lived all these years without it! I cut off the legs on an old pair of stockings, filled each one with a bunch of scrunched up super market bags and then stitched the end closed. It stretches, feels good inside the hands when squeezed and promote bilateral hand use during a placement activity because it is so nice and flimsy.
Toady I also used it to work on motor planning while the children sat on the horse. I pulled it over their heads so it rested on their hips. But first I had myself, the volunteers and even a parent do the same thing. Then we each took a turn taking it off and placing it over the cone (shown at left). (Note everything is rather dirty because this is a horse arena).
I know that there will be lots of other uses for the stretchy rings and I wish I could patent it- but just go ahead an enjoy :)

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Anxiety Treatments For Autism | LIVESTRONG.COM

"There are so many home made activities to add to the sensory diet including: balloon stress balls filled with old play dough, pieces of stretchy fabric to pull and fidget with and socks filled with sand. "
Anxiety Treatments For Autism. Individuals with autism are challenged to communicate effectively, overcome poor motor skills, process a constant flow of sensory information and fit into a world that expects mult...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Recycling Starts Young

I came across this funny picture of my family when my son was little. I guess I got him into laundry bottles at a very young age.

He made this jewelry stand for me- all his own design- when he was around 12 years of age. I think you can see how the earrings are on the front of the bottle and the side flaps create a stand.

He still loves to work with his hands..........

Shown below:David at glass blowing class, Salem State College

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Activities for Sensory Integration Disorder

Activities for Sensory Integration Disorders
Its an incredible challenge to write a short article on such a complex subject, but I hope I did it justice.

Monday, February 1, 2010

First Signs Of Autism In A Baby | LIVESTRONG.COM

First Signs Of Autism In A Baby. Autism is a disorder characterized by difficulties with communication, sensory processing and social skills. Although a baby cannot speak, he can communicate with body language and...