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Beads: A Surprisingly Dynamic Activity

Beading is a great way to warm up the fingers for fine motor exercises! Beading can be graded to fit the individual, whether that be easy (large wooden beads on a pipe cleaner), to difficult (small plastic beads on a thread). This activity not only requires pincer grasp, manual manipulation, and motor planning – but hand eye coordination as well! If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000!

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The Functions of Behavior

In Applied Behavior Analysis, there are four main functions of behavior: escape, attention, automatic reinforcement, and access to reinforcement. The escape function occurs when the individual wants to avoid completing a task he/she does not want to do. The attention seeking behavior occurs when an individual behaves in a way that gains them attention from those around them. Automatic reinforcement is a behavior that an individual exhibits because it is self-stimulating. The access to reinforcement behavior occurs when an individual behaves in order to obtain a reinforcing item. In ABA, knowing the function of a behavior is the first step to developing a plan for intervention. If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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Behavior specific praise: Help them, help you

Praise is a great form of reinforcement to inform your child that you are proud of what they did. Some children love that form of attention from their parent. How is behavior specific praise different than praise? Behavior specific praise highlights the behavior that is being reinforced. For example, “I love how you closed the door behind you!” or “Amazing work completing your homework!” This is a strategy that is effective in indicating to your child the specific behavior was performed correctly. Use this strategy to increase appropriate behaviors as your child displays them. It may seem silly to constantly be rewarding “typical” behavior, but, if a behavior is never reinforced how should a child know they are doing something correct? Interested in learning more? Contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-700.

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Sensory Savvy – Kinetic Sand

Also known as “moon sand”, kinetic sand is material that looks like sand, but sticks together like snow! This is a great sensory tool to work on tactile integration, manual manipulation, and fine motor skills. It’s a cost effective and fun tool to use in a variety of ways. Interesting in learning how Cogwheel Clinic uses this? Email us today at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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