Many individuals with autism of all ages enjoy having something to keep their hands and minds occupied. Paper clips are a great option because they are portable and inexpensive. Paper clips come in all sizes, colors, and even shapes, and can be stored in a small ziplock bag or a small box. Some of my friends with autism collect paperclips and carry a few with them everywhere they go. Of course, we would not give paper clips to someone who is likely to put them in their mouth, but keeping minds busy during down time or waiting time can help decrease impatience, agitation, and explosive behaviors. Check out this 4-minute Seesmic video on http://FAQautism.com to see some great ideas for enjoying paper clips.
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