It is important that the heavy work activities provide the right amount of input for your child. For example, if they are carrying something that is too light, it will not provide any benefit. Conversely, if something is too heavy, it may be frustrating. It is also best to have your child do a functional task. For example, ask them to take something heavy to the kitchen. Possible heavy work activities include: take out the trash and carry a laundry basket to their room, a grocery bag with unbreakable items into the house, a bucket of blocks to the playroom, a pail of water across the backyard, a backpack full of books into the house, or a shopping basket at the store. Carrying heavy items can also be play-based. For example, your child could do turtle walks by placing a large pillow on his back and seeing how long he can crawl around with a “heavy shell” on his back. Using this tool can help children in all zones. Please ask your children to carry a heavy object when you notice they are having difficulty self-regulating.