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Barbara Smith

Barbara A. Smith, MS, OTR /L started out in human services as a live-in residential counselor for nine developmentally disabled men who moved from a large institution into a true home in an upstate New York community. After discovering she had a talent for helping people to be as independent as possible, Barbara earned her master’s degree from Tufts University’s Boston School of Occupational Therapy in 1984. In addition, she has earned certifications in sensory integration and hippotherapy.Barbara has worked for more than 30 years in settings that include public schools, early intervention programs, community residences, state schools, and hippotherapy farms. She is the author of The Recycling Occupational Therapist; The Almost Complete Plastic Bottle Activity Book; Still Giving Kisses: A Guide to Helping and Enjoying the Alzheimer’s Victim You Love; and From Rattles to Writing: A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills (winner of a National Parenting Publications Award) . Barbara has also published extensively in trade and parenting magazines and is a nationally recognized speaker and creator of online continuing education courses. Please visit RecyclingOT.com for more information.

Valuable New Guide Helps Parents Better Understand Autism and Hand Skills From Flapping to Function

Valuable New Guide Helps Parents Better Understand Autism and Hand Skills From Flapping to Function http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/parents-guide-understand-autism/

From Flapping to Function: A Parent’s Guide to Autism and Hand Skills explains why many children, as well as adults with autism, do not use their hands in a functional manner. Flapping the hands and lining up small items often replace natural fine motor experiences that are important for the development of hand skills. Readers […]

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Simple Ways to Help Kids with Autism Develop Hand Skills

Barbara Smith

I learned almost 30 years ago that my extremely fussy baby grew calmer when cocooned tightly inside my arms as we swayed side to side. Back then, I had not yet heard about his neurologically-based disorder known as Asperger’s syndrome (part of the autism spectrum), which is associated with sensory sensitivities and social and communication […]

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