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B’gawk!

Stand in a circle. Make two circles (one with each hand) with the index finger and the thumb. Hold a circle over each eye. The person starting drops one hand (a quick bounce, as if the hand was tied to elastic) and says “B’gawk!!” The direction is decided by which hand is used; if the first person drops his right hand, the person to his right must then continue the action. If he drops his left hand, the person to his left continues.

If BOTH hands are dropped, the action continues in the same direction, but the person directly opposite is skipped over. The first person cannot use a double B’gawk, because direction has not yet been established.

If someone messes up (ie: B’gawks when they shouldn’t, or hesitates too long), they must run around the circle flapping arms and making chicken noises until they return to their original spot, and rejoin the play. Note: the group continues to play while the chicken run around the circle – this adds to the chance of being distracted, making mistakes, and becoming a chicken. More chickens, more fun!

The goal of the game is to look ridiculous and go as fast as possible!

 

(this game was found on ultimatecampresource.com)

Posted in Activities, Autism

Signing!

The girl I work with is nonverbal and doesn’t use her signs all the time, so to encourage her to use her signs we try to practice everyday that I spend with her. What I found to be most effective is using signs that directly relate to something going on in her life that day that she is aware of and that excite her. For example, she was going on a vacation the following week so we used that to practice the signs for airplane, trip, and grandma. I work it into the conversation we are having, “D, how are you getting to Hawaii?” Then I sign airplane and she will also sign airplane. Another tactic I use to encourage her to use her signs is before meals. She is very food motivated (as we all are honestly), so its very effective to ask her to sign something before she gets her food or gets more on her plate. She signs more, please, drink, pizza, juice, whatever we are eating at that time. Signing is very important for her because she doesn’t use her voice to communicate, so she knows that she can communicate with us if she uses her signs. Hope this helps someone else working with someone who may be non verbal and/or uses sign to communicate! 🙂

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Update!

Hi everybody! I am going to be typing up a bunch of activities and adding them to the site tomorrow! I’m going to make my Sunday productive with uploading more things to my site and hopefully adding some of your activities too, don’t forget you can submit! I’m looking for anything and everything, crafts, PE games, tag games, activities you do at school, in your classroom, with your children, at your work, anything you have!

Thank you all so much, I’m really liking making this website so far! 🙂

Posted in Activities, crafts

Adapted Crayon Holder

Film canisters or small round items, such as pill container, may be used to create easy hold grips for many items for individuals that may have trouble gripping a crayon because of how small it is. Also works for colored pencils and markers, hole sizes vary for what you choose to use!

Materials:
Film Canister or Pill Bottle
Utility Knife
Crayon

Directions:
Cut an X that is about the width of the crayon in the bottom and top of the container. Insert the crayon through the Xs. Note: By using both top and bottom of canister the crayon is more stable.

Posted in crafts

Sensory Pudding Painting

 

Equipment: Instant pudding-different flavors, Large sheets of paper, Raisins, cheerios, gumdrops, mini marshmallows, etc

Objective: sensory stimulation, encourages creativity, fine motor skills

Description: Make pudding according to directions on box. Make sure participants wash their hands before starting this activity. Use a clean surface for this activity, or on plastic wrap for easier clean up. Let participants finger paint with the pudding and use the other items to decorate their pictures however they want. The cool part about this activity is that everything is edible so eating the art is half as much fun as creating it! This activity works very well with younger kids or with clients who will benefit from sensory stim.

Also, vanilla pudding can be sectioned off into smaller sections and can be colored into bright colors using food coloring!

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Pass the Hula Hoop

Supplies:

  • Hula Hoop!
  • Bandanas or scarves if needed

Can be played with one large group or multiple smaller groups. Everyone stands in a circle and holds hands. A hula-hoop in placed over the hands of someone to start, and then the hula-hoop must travel around the circle and each person must work together to keep the hula-hoop passing around. Rounds can be timed and encourage the group to try and beat their times, discussing what strategies can be used to make their time faster.

Adaptations: If participants don’t want to hold hands, there can be a bandana or a scarf for each person to hold the end of instead of holding the hand to the person next to them.

Posted in Autism

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.