The Ivymount OT/PT Department suggests that doing chores can be a great way for students to improve regulation, incorporate movement into their day, and help the family! To increase motivation, consider an appropriate reward for completing a chore such as a small treat or a few minutes of tech time.
Activities that involve “heavy work,” such as pushing, pulling or lifting, provide deep pressure input to muscles and joints which can be calming.
Household chores that involve heavy work
Loading and unloading the dishwasher
Carrying a laundry basket full of clothes
Taking out the garbage
Mowing the lawn (push mower)
Other Chores with Lots of Movement
Washing the car
Dusting high and low places
Bringing items left around the house back to where they belong
Other Simple Chores
Setting the table
Wiping off counters