A great little activity to teach something new while getting sensorial needs met. At this age, they are able to clean up their mess. So don’t be afraid to make them work!
I love this simple activity. Planting flowers is great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. You can also throw in some language skills by asking/labeling the color of each flower. If the child is verbal and more advance, ask some wh-questions like “What do you do with flowers?” or “Where do you find flowers?” You can also do some pretend play and “smell” the flowers. It’s about keeping them engaged.
One common characteristic of autism is stereotypy, repetitive movement for no obvious purpose. My little guy has vocal stereotypy which gets in the way during circle time in class. I have been assigned to implement my first intervention, and I have chosen to tackle this behavior.
I made some visuals to help him understand when it’s appropriate to talk and when it’s NOT appropriate to talk.
I used it throughout his daily tasks last week and his stereotypy has decreased by 50%! There is more to the intervention which involves blocking and redirection, but the visuals are really helping him to control his body.
I’m really excited for this because it’s the first time I have to write out the program, take the data, graph it, and discuss the progress!! I’ve been using everything I have learned in class: different methods of collecting data and how to use them. I’m on my way to becoming a BCaBA!!
In the practical life section, there are many activities that involve transferring objects with utensils. These are great tasks to help if your toddler has trouble feeding him/herself.
If you think about it, how often do they get to use the spoon? Average, 3 times a day. For some, that might not be enough to acquire the skill. What they need is more practice.
Do small transferring activities throughout the day so that your toddler gets used to holding and manipulating a spoon. Practice! Practice! Practice!
Making bracelets is a great short activity to teach several things: patterns, language, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor.
I use physical prompts to show my kiddo what the sequence is. I also lay out a visual prompt of what color comes next.
He knows how to string the beads independently, if he didn’t, I would physically prompt through that as well.
Here is the end result. I’m so proud that he even left it on his hand!!