From Flapping to Function: How to Promote Hand Skills by Meeting a Child’s Sensory Needs
Overview: Children with autism spectrum or other types of developmental disorders often engage in repetitive actions such as flapping or spinning in order to receive the sensory stimulation that helps them to self-regulate. However, frequent stereotypical actions may interfere with developing motor skills and learning in general. This seminar explores a variety of creative and effective strategies that meet children’s sensory needs while at the same time promoting functional hand skills.
Understand how challenges in sensory processing, functional vision, executive functioning and behavior impact developing functional hand skills;
Learn how to adapt activities to increase engagement, motivation, self-regulation and make success easy and frequent;
Identify a variety of effective teaching strategies that can be utilized at home, school or in the community with individuals of all ages.