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TACTILE BOARD

Integrating life skills learning into any area of play will prove to be an asset later in life. By incorporating these options that teach life skills, the child will be able to develop some of the fine motor skills required to enjoy and prepare for life experiences. Some individuals with FASD do not develop skills such as tying their shoes or doing up their zippers until much later than their peers. This can be due to their physical struggles with motor skills or because their developmental age is lower than their actual age. By providing them with a tool that can help them experience and develop these skills, less frustration will occur. 

Tactile tools can be made using basic household items, they can be as simple or complex as needed. Some tactile tools can be as simple as gluing a baby shoe to a board for an individual to practice the skills needed to tie their own shoes. Tactile boards are a collection of items that teach many skills, in the example below individuals can learn how to turn the lights on/off, open their door, and do up their zipper or buttons. The boards was created by purchasing the items at a home hardware store and screwing or gluing them to a plywood board. 

 

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