One of the most successful activities in my day program is refinishing furniture and sanding wood. The task is to transform old wooden furniture into a shabby sheek piece ready for a boutique shop on Ventura Blvd.
Sanding rewards the worker with the self-esteem and competence of admiring the fruit of one’s labor. The repetitive nature of sanding is also also a good fit for the autistic mind.
Learn grades of sandpaper and sanding with the grain.
Enjoy the sensory experience of working with wood.
Build muscle and range-of-motion.
Achieve independence and competence from mastering a creative task.