As school is progressing, I am seeing signs of visual issues with the children in the classrooms I am visiting. Please be aware of the need for early intervention with children who have acuity, tracking, or teaming issues with their eyes. These are some of the things I look for in a classroom: a. Consistent head tilt to one side: make sure placement of book or crowding of child on other side is not contributing to this. b. Consistent head tilt to one side combined with the body turned to one side in the chair. One child I recently observed had one knee up in the chair, her body turned to the left in the chair, and her face almost on top of her paper. […]
AIR HOCKEY Materials needed Tape Feather (the “puck”) Washable markers Cookie sheet or tray (“playing field”) Construction paper Infant nasal syringe for each team player 1. Play on the floor or at a table. If your child is comfortable on the floor, have him lie on his stomach while propping his body up with his forearms. At the table, he should sit in a chair which allows his feet to be flat on the floor. The table top should be slightly above his arms when they are bent at his side. 2. Choose the names of the two teams. Help your child write the first letter of each team on a piece of construction paper, which will also be your […]
Many of the visual concepts of space which includes directional sense are learned body first and then interwoven with experiences with three-dimensional play (toys) and finally on paper. Below are examples of concepts learned through the body: 3 months: rolling over: circular movement 7 months: banging with arms: vertical 9 months: horizontal movements: pat a cake or claps 1 year: stretches arms up “so big” vertical, walking (vertical movement) on all fours: square As we talk about toy play in other blogs, we will see the one year old child begin to stack blocks putting to use the vertical concepts learned with his body. Then he will be able at two to imitate a vertical line and by almost three copy a vertical line. Let’s explore some of our […]
One of the common factors with puzzles, parquetry blocks, and writing of letters/shapes is the visual concept of space which includes direction (top, bottom, right, left, etc), part to whole and vise versa, matching, and much more!!!! How do we learn these important concepts? We learn with our bodies first. Then we take this knowledge and use it in three-dimensional play with blocks and toys, and finally transfer it to paper. We will be looking at how this happens in the next posts. Stay tuned!
What do puzzles and parquetry blocks have in common? A child needs the ability to: Move the pieces (fine motor) Mentally or visually break down (visualization) space: part to whole or vice versa (which are you?) Visually discriminate shape and space (visual discrimination) or Match “like” shapes/letters with the space Turn an object (block or piece) in space for placement (position in space) Let’s add several of the components of writing a letter and see if there are overlaps with the above: Verbal label: name or sound 2. Visualization of the symbol 3. Spatial awareness: visual and body a. Shape of letter b. Parts of letter: size of each part c. Part to whole perception or vice versa d. Directionality: right, […]
Mom, you know all the overhead lights in my class really make my eyes hurt. Then when I have to write on that “bright white” paper, it makes my eyes really tired!!! Children may be overly sensitive to the brightness of light. This may affect their handwriting and reading as the contrast between the black print and white background may be uncomfortable. Try: Printing their worksheets on pastel colored paper, blue, purple and yellow, favorites of my clients For reading, use a colored plastic overlay placed over the page to be read Moving their seat near natural light and away from fluorescent lighting Allow sunglasses or a hat indoors Ensure that their sensitivity symptoms such as frequently rubbing their eyes, squinting, […]