March madness has begun for summer scheduling! If your child needs therapy this summer, its important to contact a therapist in March. Generally by the beginning of April, most therapists have their summer schedule tenatively in place. Its also wise to talk with the therapist that your child may be already seeing to let him/her know that you will want therapy for this summer. Be wise! Contact and schedule now!
Materials: foam hands and paper or foam letters from Hobby Lobby Plastic clear tape or shelf paper to secure the letters on the hands. 1. Spread the hands on the floor and have your child pick up: All the same colored hand All the letters in his name and spell his name All the right hands, all the left hands 2.Use the hands for playing “Twister”: one hand on A, left foot on Q, etc. or spell words by placing hands and feet on the letters (great for working on crossing body’s midline) 3. Hang the hands from a clothesline to spell name and words 4. Sign in with the hands rather than writing the name Other ideas? z
The Preschool Teachers Adventure Conference will be hosted at Houston ‘s Woodwind Presbyterian Church’s Preschool on January 26! This is a great conference to earn CEU credits as well as catch up on the latest in preschool topics! Besides its just FUN!!!! I will be speaking about “Red Flags in Motor Development of Preschool Children” ” Teaching the Alphabet Through Practical Play” “Sensory Motor Issues in the Classroom” Come join me! Hope to see you there!
Tips for those kids who need to wiggle to stay alert but should not leave their seat: 1. Chew gum or suck on sour candy (if allowed in school; allow at home if no problem with choking or swallowing) 2. Tie a stretchy exercise band around the front legs of the chair. Place your legs and feet behind the band. When the need to get out of the chair arises and you should not, push against the band to help release the “wiggles”. 3. Try a “Sit and Move Cushion”. This has bumps on one side and air inside which allows “wiggling” without getting out of the chair. Purchase at www.funandfunction.com or www.therapro.com 4. Place tennis balls on the back legs of the chair to […]
As parents we almost always sigh with relief when the last school door closes for the summer! Along with our children, we have worked really hard keeping track of schedules, homework and other assignments, and outside activities plus daily cooking, cleaning, washing, etc! Before you jump into your summer schedule (which is almost as busy!), take time to decompress with your child, especially if its been a year of struggle. This might include taking time to talk about the past school year and writing your child’s thoughts down by his yearly school picture: What did you like about the year? Friends? Teacher? A special subject? What did you like least about the year? What was your favorite subject? Why? Then you may want to take […]
If your child has not established a hand dominance, consider using “loop” scissors that do not require finger placement but rather use the whole hand for opening and closing the scissors. These loop scissors often have spring action which helps with the concept of “open and close” needed for regular scissors. Find these at www.funandfunction.com or www.therapro.com ! If your child is left handed, please purchase left handed scissors. Many left handers that I know actually use their right hand for scissor usage as they were not given left handed scissors early in education. Check out www.leftyslefthanded.com! There are wonderful scissors which allow the teacher to place their fingers along side of the child’s fingers to help with teaching the open and close motion! Find these at […]
Because development happens in a sequential fashion, it is important to respect the developmental sequence. This may help avoid frustration on your part (as you ask a child to do something they aren’t ready to do) and on the child’s part (whose nervous system is not ready to do this skill). Stepping Stones Age Norms From Birth to Age Six by Keith E. Beery and Natasha A. Beery have given us developmental guidelines for scissor usage. Please remember however that each child develops at different rates. You may have a child that is more advanced or one that is more immature than what is listed below as a guideline. Please work at the child’s developmental age level not his chronological age level to insure success! Make […]
When you are using scissors, it’s necessary for each hand to work separately but yet together. Take a piece of paper and try cutting a circle out of it with a pair of scissors. See how well your two hands work together! Ideally, the dominant hand moves the scissors to cut the paper held in the other hand. The non dominant hand holding the paper will shift the paper, making it more easily cut. However, frequently in my population, the “dominant” hand will hold the scissors still while the other hand holding the paper does all the work. I see a lot of this with children who are late deciding which hand to use; or tend to still be deciding which hand to use; or […]
As we rapidly approach February, it is important to think of time lines as Spring Break will be coming our way in March or April. If you are planning on having your child evaluated, this time of year is one of the busiest for diagnostic professionals. It may take you several weeks to get your child into see a professional. Then add a week or two for the professional to score the tests, interpret them, and write the report. This puts us a month since you picked up the phone and made the appointment. If your child needs to be evaluated, please don’t wait. If you are planning to start tutoring or therapy this summer, it is also important to contact the tutor/therapist to place […]
Many of you have engaged your child in therapy this past semester and faithfully followed through all suggestions feasible with your families lifestyle. Suddenly you have realized that great progress has been made in one area while another area has appeared that needs work. How do you prioritize what you can realistically handle with your child time wise, financially, and family wise? Prioritizing needs will change as your child’s academic needs change. That is why it is important to have one or more professionals that will help you understand your child’s changing priorities. This may mean that you need to switch from your favorite professional to a new professional at times which I know can be very difficult emotionally for you and your child. But […]