Saturday, April 27, 2019
This client loves to sort but he does not like to share or take turns. He is nonverbal. I am teaching him to sort only the yellow, red and blue colors into the 3 containers close to him and to hand me the colors that I need. I am sorting green, purple and orange pictures into the 3 containers in front of me.
I mixed up all the colors/pictures and gave each of us 1/2 the pile so that we need to give the other person the pictures that are not on our perspective sides. This was kind of hard for him to do because he didn't want to share the activity with me, but he learned the rules pretty quickly. I think that this activity will help him better tolerate others in his space and engage with his peers through a shared task.
Source: Social Skills Sorting Task for Developmentally Disabled Client by RecyclingOT
This video demonstrates how to make the snap cover board out of coffee container lids!
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
My client loves to grasp and shake objects. He is blind and this video demonstrates one of the few functional hand skills he enjoys. He loves the freedom of grasping independently that the EazyHold provides. The tambourine sound in the background is actually made by a different individual and the client shown is playing along with her. I wish I could share his great big smile.
Source: EAZYHold Grasp Adaptation for Developmental Disabilities by RecyclingOT
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Learn more about activity adaptions in my books!
Source: Bilateral Rings for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities by RecyclingOT
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Every occupational therapist loves a hanging shoe organizer! I found this one while taking my first bike ride of the spring. Washed it and began the fun!
Shoe bag organizers are great for sorting activities when working with young children or adults with developmental disabilities. I sewed a different color object to the outside of the shoe sections.
My philosophy is that if a client has the skills to sort, identify pictures or read then I should try to incorporate using these cognitive skills. The video shows 3 different clients:
1. One has great color matching skills but is unable to read
2. Another is able to sort the colors AND read the color names in order to put the paper into the matching color pocket and
3. The last client shown is unable to match or sort colors, but he enjoys removing the items from the sections and inserting them into a container.
This activity also works on using hands together, reaching and motor eye-hand coordination. Many of my clients love repetitive tasks such as this and find it relaxing. Fortunately, its easy to find small colorful objects or to cut your own from paper, magazines or plastic containers.
Source: Shoe Bag Sorting Activity for Developmental Disabilities by RecyclingOT
Friday, April 5, 2019
Materials: File Organizer, snippers to cut center of horizontal bars, heavy duty scissors, plastic or laminated shapes, heavy duty hole puncher, container for storage and duct tape