One of the most important aspects of being a therapist is reading. Reading books, reading journal articles, reading blog posts, reading websites and research links and anything else we can get our hands on to help support our knowledge and clinical reasoning. Our work doesn’t stop when you leave the clinic, in fact, that’s where our job really only begins.
Using scissors is now a prerequisite for Prep but it takes time and practice to learn how to cut with scissors. Using scissors is a motor skill that involves use of the small muscles of the hand and (just like all areas of motor development) has typical steps towards mastery.
Just like all sensory systems, where are many different types of auditory processing difficulties from a difficult filtering out noises (modulation), difficulties differentiating sounds/noises (discrimination), having a big adverse reaction -fight/flight/fright- to noise (defensive), not hearing various noises (under responsive).
Treasure hunts are a perfect way to have your little pea work on all those things they struggle with from handwriting, gross motor skills, persistence despite failure, visual scanning and much much more. Treasure hunts are exciting ways to get your little pea moving and working on all those skills they need a little support on without them even knowing
The final stretch of holidays is always the most difficult. The kids have been home so long that any sense of routine has gone out the window and by now you are racking your brain over what you are going to do to keep your Little Pea entertained! We have some helpful suggestions for you!
Handwriting is a very important skill to help children with developing their reading and spelling skills, memory, attention/concentration and importantly their fine motor skills. Did you know handwriting activated the brain more than using a keyboard does purely due to the motor skill and cognition required to do it?