Restricted and Sensory Insterests Therapy: Using Paper and Paste
Two children with ASD work with their therapists on a crafts project. The project (making cards) allows them to practice fine motor skills, sustained attention and also gluing, drawing, holding, patting and cleaning. The act of making a card is broken down into a series of small steps in order to help the children successfully learn the routine of card making. Learning this routine will allow them to recreate the activity on their own in the future. It is also notable that Josiah, the young boy on the right, is distracted from the activity by his repetitive vocalizations, a symptom of ASD. Rather than being directed at others or communicative, Josiah's repetitive vocalizing appears to be nonfunctional and likely related to the sensory stimulation he gets from either hearing or making sounds.