I found that engaging my son in structured activities helps him to have a better day (if he can handle the interaction). Engaging him in activities that are similar to what he experiences in therapy helps to reinforce what the therapists are doing with him while providing quality emotional experiences for the both of us. We will work on puzzles, stringing beads, completing the shape sorter, pulling apart pop-beads, handling play-dough, or calling out the name of pictures on flashcards. These activities also will usually settle my son down if he becomes over-stimulated.
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