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January 2015

New Year, New Schedule

Start out the new year with a new morning routine that has jobs for both hands.

Activity

Ways to Encourage Two-Hand Use

Morning Hygiene

  • Keep tooth brush, tooth paste, comb, washcloth, etc. in a bucket on his/her nightstand that he/she carries to/from the bathroom with the affected hand. If this is too easy, add a weight/soup can.
  • Wash/dry his/her face with a washcloth with two hands. Encourage him/her to supinate both hands.
  • Hold the toothbrush with affected hand while squeezing toothpaste with the dominant hand.
  • Have him/her brush her hair, switching hands to get both sides evenly.

Dressing with Both Hands

Activity

Ways to Encourage Two-Hand Use

Dressing

  • Encourage him/her to actively push the affected hand through the sleeve and the affected foot through pant leg.
  • Have him/her use two hands to push his/her pants down.
  • Have him/her pick up his/her pajamas/dirty clothes and put them in the hamper with her affected hand or with both hands.

OR

  • Have a lid on the hamper so he/she must lift it with the affected hand and place clothes in with the dominant hand.
  • Have him/her push her basket of dirty clothes with both hands down the hallway to “help” mom with the laundry.
  • Clothes with large buttons will be easier to start learning on rather than smaller buttons.

 

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