It is so unbelievable that we are already in May. Even more so that many States are still struggling with COVID19. As I write this, the news is reporting that in many States, lockdowns are easy up. Most programs that i know of are still closed. Here are some activities that can be done both in private homes as well as residential homes. Please continue to stay safe and healthy and continue to wash your hands (a lot)!
8 gross motor skills activities for kids– Understood
10 outdoor activities that enhance gross motor skills– Friendship Circle
Core strength and core stability– OT Mom Learning Activities
Gross motor activities for handicapped children– Love to Know
Gross motor farm game– Modern preschool
Gross motor skill development and delays in childhood– Verywell Family
Gross motor skills activities– specialneeds.com
Impromptu indoor gross motor activities– Teach Me Mommy
Indoor activities for kids under 5-Hands On As We Grow
Jumping hearts gross motor skills game– The Inspired Tree House
Download Here: coloring activity_lamb
This is a fun activity for students and adults with special needs who would like to work on increasing their fine motor skills. This activity includes both a coloring and tracing activity. you can make several copies to print out for additional practice at a later time. Click on the link on the bottom of the page.
Download the activity here: COLORING AND TRACING ACTIVITY
Under normal circumstances I would suggest using the following April Monthly Day Habilitation Activity for ideas to plan for the month, however the new normal has changed. Many school districts have created lesson plans and activities for school children that are home during these trying times including resources on speech and OT activities.
I have seen very little information for adults that receive day habilitation services. For some individuals, the new normal means staying at home in a residential setting and for others, it is staying home with family members. For people with developmental disabilities, adjusting to changes can be challenging affecting both the individual and the home.
For this month and upcoming months, I will blog articles on activities that can be used in the home to help individuals continue to work on activities and to help maintain their skills since many day habilitation programs are also closed.
For the month of April, I have included activities for National 1 Cent day, National Road Map Day, Farm Animal Day, Titanic Remembrance Day, National Earth Day and National Zoo Day. The activities focus on the following:
- Following directions
- Fine Motor Skills
- Task Attention
- Multisensory skills
- Money management skills
The activities can be used by anyone of any age as well.
You can find the links to the activities below.
Stay safe and healthy.
- Penny activities. the following worksheets focus on the following skills:
- fine motors skills
- visual- spatial
- Coin Identification
Download here: one cent activities
2. Earth Day Activities(Making an organic smoothie and creating a collage safe for the environment).
3. Reading a road map activity (develop skills in task attention, listening, following directions and following one and two-step commands)
4.The following are lesson plans and curriculum on habitats and zoos.
- Sheep Farm Video Tour (farm food)
- Milk Processing
- Lesson Plan- Farmers, Factories and Food Chain
- Lesson Plan: Who Grew My Soup?
- Egg Farms
6. Titanic Activities:Download here
Candy is not the only great thing about Halloween. It is a chance to work on fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination while having fun at the same time. From ghosts to witches, there are a number of activities you child or student can do that will help increase fine motor skills. For some children and adults with disabilities, struggle with fine motor skills. These activities are a chance to improve the coordination between the brain and the muscles including dexterity and motor control. Click on the links below.
Visual processing disorder affects the way a person sees or the ability to draw or copy. The child or the student may have difficulty with cutting, copying information accurately or may struggle to cut or paste. This is due to lack of visual motor integration between the eyes and the hands.
The following resources include information on strategies in improving motor skills and free activities and worksheets.
Visual Motor Free Activities
Task boxes (also known as work boxes) are structured work systems created by Division TEACCH t the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. This system allows the student to work independently on a task for a specific time in a supportive environment. Task boxes are now used for students with a variety of disabilities including students required pervasive levels of support.
There are 3 types of task boxes: stacking- Helps with eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills; sorting- may break activities by size, color, texture, shape and flavor and fine motor- strengthens the smaller movement in the wrists, hands and fingers.
The following sites include information on how to set up a task box system in your classroom or in your home.
How I Set Up My Task Box System ( Delightfully Dedicated)
How to Set Up An Independent Workbox (Breezy Special Ed)
How to Start a Task Box System (Autism Adventures)
Task Box Set Up- (Autism Adventures)
Websites that will give you ideas on creating task boxes, and the material needed.
Autism Classroom Workbox System (Teaching Special Thinkers)
Fine Motor Morning Work Bins (Differentiated Kindergarten)
Assembly Work Task (Autism Classroom News and Resources)
Free Math Printable Task Box for Special Education ( My Creative Inclusion)
Higher Level Academics in Task Boxes (Mrs. P’s Specialties)
How I Use Workboxes in My Classroom (Creating and Teaching)
Pre-Vocational Work Boxes (SPED Adventures)
Quick and Easy Task Box Ideas (Little Miss Kim’s Class)
Task Boxes: A Hands On Approach to Life Skills (Therablog)
Task Boxes for Autistic Children (Love to Know)
Structured Work Boxes (University of Mary Washington)
Ways to Up the Ante in Your Work Task System (The Autism Vault)
Winter Task Boxes (You Aut-aKnow)
Work Boxes in Autism Classrooms (Noodle Nook)
Work Box Task Ideas (The Autism Helper)
Work Task (Breezy Special Ed)
I received these great resource articles for families with child with autism from Angela Tollerson, a blogger from familyhealthnet. Her site provides resources on family health and wellness. Please share these links with others who may benefit and don’t forget to stop by and visit Angela’s blog at: forfamilyhealth.net
- Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- The Moment I Got My Son with Autism’s Need for Routine
- The Well Travel Guide for Parents of Autism Spectrum Children
- Nutrition for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- 10 Fun Activities for Children with Autism