Summer Workouts for Self Regulation

Many exercises need not include expensive equipment, instead a good eye for simply applying common everyday activities with a view to looking for inherent  resistive exercise is what is needed. What seems to be key however, is the use of regularly scheduled periods of exercise 10-20 minutes twice daily depending upon the age of the child.   Researchers continue to show caretakers that children

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Attention! Welcome Fingertips!

(Try  dressing, eating, or washing up without them) Most of the children I have treated over the years who have  had coordination deficits generally tended to have difficulty using hand and finger motions as well.  These difficulties often caused problems with daily living activities such as dressing, manipulating clothing fasteners (buttons, zippers, shoe laces, etc.),  using utensils,  grooming and hygiene. Planning developmentally appropriate projects

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Language Based Visual Perceptual Skills

This “game” uses parts of a roadway to capture  attention.   Consequently, the  appealing visual images  subtly draw the child into a mindset of sustaining attention to the “what” and “where” ideas needed to solve the puzzle of a layout. This game of dominoes uses cars and trucks, and presents the problem of locating the front and back of each vehicle.  A clue is given

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Integrating vision with body awareness

For children who have Sensory  Processing Disorders, using vision, especially when approaching unexpected sights, can be challenging.  Features such as  “Gaze Aversion”, redirecting eye gaze away from an image they find to be disquieting (for instance a face),  impacts their ability to interact with the environment, avoiding obstacles in a  typical way. Parents of these children are familiar with the types of  frequent collisions

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An Introduction to Visual Processing Skills

Visual processing skills enable learning and generally include skills that are carried out through use of the muscles that surround each eyeball.  Since children who have SPD tend to have deficits with coordinating their muscles, these small muscles that are hidden within the orbit of the eyeball are generally also impacted. Visual processing includes both “motor free” skills such as visual discrimination as well

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Fingertip Prehension Patterns

Fingertip prehension patterns begin early on in life, but are some of the last motor functions to mature completely.  In some part, this is because such a large part of the motor region in the brain is dedicated to coordinating movements of the hand. This means that it takes more focused attention and mental effort to move the hand and fingers, than it does

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Temporo-Spatial Orientation

Awareness of one’s position in time and space Is a vital skill needed for  safety in navigating the environment.  This concept incorporates the ability to attend to details as you move  through space, being mindful of objects found there.  Many children who have sensory processing dysfunction have deficits in this skill and tend to fall or experience  collisions as they come close to  objects. 

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Preparing for Upper body strength and postural control

Upper body strength and postural control generally do not come easily for children who have Sensory Processing Disorders.  These are skills needed for maintaining an erect sitting posture so that fine motor skills can emerge efficiently.  Strength and postural control is  also needed for success when participating in childhood sport activities from which concepts of  self esteem often emerge. For children who have SPD,

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Whole Part Relationships

Using construction puzzles to introduce whole-part relationships   When we first started this activity, the parts of the animals were assembled in total disarray.  While the child was able to match the colors, the sizes of the pieces were not in order to show that the dinosaur had an arch to his back, the legs of the alligator were assembled upside down, and the

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Eye-Hand Coordination

Eye hand coordination embodies the concept that  visual perception (the way in which we interpret  visual images)  can have a profound effect upon  the way we learn and move. Visual perception represents several skill sets that impact learning.  One major skill set is visual discrimination, the ability to perceive an image in terms of its form, shape, color and size is a key aspect

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