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Keeping hands busy!

For my first post, I am going to post a simple activity that I use with a 31 year old woman who has non verbal autism. She stims with her hands and can sometimes hurt herself by biting her nails and the skin on her hands, so I try to do things to keep her hands busy.

Her fine motor skills aren’t too refined, so for this activity I use shoe laces of different colors, and different colored wooden beads that have at least a 1/4 inch hole. We listen to music and I encourage her to pick out different colors and to put the beads on the shoe lace by herself. Afterwards, the finished product is something to be very proud of and that should be emphasized. Also because shoe laces untie so easily, you can reuse the beads and shoe laces for another time. Adding music or a TV show in the background can add to the activity.

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