Practicing for success with Reading Comprehension
Math ● Science ● Technology
Task Organization is an “executive function” that is organized at the highest level within the cortex of the brain. Executive Functions have been described as a set of mental skills that help you get things done. According to WebMD examples of executive functions include:
- Managing time
- Paying attention
- Switching focus
- Planning and organizing
- Remembering details
- Avoid saying or doing the wrong thing
Construction toys provide practice in:
- organizing a plan of action
- breaking down the plan into steps
- following through with each step
- remembering the details of the plan
In addition to stimulating and rehearsing Executive Functions, construction toys that offer an image to be followed also offer the benefits of strengthening visual perception and hand function skills. Rehearsal of top -> bottom and left -> right patterns of assembly teach patterns of operation needed for efficiency and success with math, science, and technology applications, thereby reducing the slowed thinking and processing delays that lead to distraction for children with SPD.
Most importantly, be sure to select construction toys that match the skill level of the child. Ask your occupational therapist for suggestions.