50 Bimanual Activities of Daily Living – FREE Printable

Bimanual Activities of Daily Living

50 Bimanual Activities of Daily Living – FREE Printable Bimanual activities are skills that we use two hands to complete.  All children benefit from practicing bimanual skills to help develop coordination skills, crossing midline, and functional life skills.  Children with cerebral palsy, especially hemiplegia, are often encouraged to participate in bimanual activities.  Many times following […]


Girls with Autism Struggle More With Daily Routine Tasks

Girls with Autism Struggle More with Daily ROutine Tasks

Girls with Autism Struggle More With Daily Routine Tasks The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research indicating that girls with autism struggle more with daily routine tasks.  The study included an age and IQ-matched sample of 228 school-aged youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to assess sex differences on the Autism Diagnostic Observation […]


Functional Fine Motor Activities for Kids Using Household Items

Functional Fine Motor Activities

Functional Fine Motor Activities for Kids Using Household Items Functional fine motor activities for kids are so important to childhood development.  They are the building blocks for higher level skills such as using scissors, drawing, dressing, eating, handwriting and more!  Children need to experience frequent practice with fine motor activities to refine the movements in […]

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Manual Motor Skills, Daily Living Skills and Autism

Developmental Science published research examining the longitudinal development of manual motor skills and daily living skills in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Longitudinal grip strength and finger tapping, along with the relationship to current and future daily living skills, was evaluated in 90 individuals with ASD and 56 individuals with typical development who ranged […]

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Clothing Fasteners and Gross Motor Skill Development

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS AND CLOTHING FASTENERS Buttons, zippers, snaps and buckles are all clothing fasteners that require finger dexterity and fine motor skills to open and close.  Did you know that they also require gross motor skills?  In order to be able to open and close traditional clothing fasteners one must have proper stability, postural […]

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Postural Control, Gross Motor Development and Mealtime

When you think of children and mealtime, the first things that come to mind may be related to the hand and mouth – ie the ability to use a spoon or fork, bringing food to mouth and getting food inside the mouth.  What you may not realize is that the child’s postural control and gross […]

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Task Analysis – Independent Bathing in Children

The majority of individuals shower or bathe independently for personal hygiene reasons and as a stress reliever.  The calm, peaceful warm shower or tub can be very relaxing and purposeful.  When motor skill deficits are present in children, bathing can be a very complicated, arduous task.  When you stop and think about bathing and showering, […]

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Bladder and Bowel Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders - A

The Journal of Pediatric Urology published research on interviews regarding 346 children with bilateral cerebral palsy (BCP) to describe the age of bladder and bowel control, intellectual impairment and severity of motor disability. The results indicated the following:  median age for daytime bladder and bowel continence in BCP children was 5.4 years compared with 2.4 […]

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Step By Step Picture Cooking Recipes

If you work on cooking skills with children, it can be very helpful to use simple, step by step, recipes with picture images.  There are several websites that offer free step by step picture recipes. One of the best, in my opinion, is Your Special Chef.  This website was created by a girl scout gold […]

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Video Prompts to Teach Daily Living Skills

Focus on Autism and Other Disabilities published a small, preliminary study on using video prompting with different fading procedures to teach daily living skills to two students with developmental disabilities.  Video prompting shows a short video clip of one step of a task, then the participant completes that step before showing the video of the next step. […]