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Spatial Orientation Part 2

According to several researchers, the position in which the body is held has an impact upon visual spatial orientation. Success in activities that involve spatial orientation are influenced by features such as head position and control of the back.  In addition, the slant of the low back is also a key feature. Children who have difficulty with coordination tend to have problems with spatial

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Visual Spatial Orientation

A key factor for self care, handwriting and math Although these basic shapes are made up of the same parts, the way in which each part is turned makes a world of difference to their  meanings and sounds of each letter. As children learn more about how objects can have different meanings depending upon how they are turned,  visual spatial orientation skills  help them

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Multisensory Approaches to Learning

Children who have Sensory Processing Disorders seem to learn best through use of  multisensory approaches  that do not overwhelm. This means that  using a combination of sensory inputs and prompting self-initiated, but different forms of sensory stimulation, is likely to enhance learning.  Vision was activated when this activity was presented by showing the youngster a wooden playhouse with familiar letter cutouts. He knew several

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Key Features of Pattern Recognition

Key features of Pattern Recognition include the ability to identify and classify: What is it that I am seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting? What goes with it? What do I do with the information? What comes next? Pattern Recognition can be problematic for children with Sensory Processing Disorders This type of problem solving can be problematic for the child with SPD in that pattern

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Pattern Recognition Part 1

Through Ages & Stages Pattern recognition, the ability to code information by analyzing features, comparing them with memory, and predicting what is likely to happen next is an essential aspect of learning. Sometimes the information to be recognized is  presented in the  auditory mode, such as when saying and repeating  numbers from 1-10 or letters, or when singing the “Alphabet Song”.  At other times

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Upper Body Strength

Increases independence in self care at home and fine motor success at school Low muscle tone, and poor coordination tend to be a problem for many children who have Sensory Processing Dysfunction and may result in weak upper body strength.  This impacts the muscles of the neck needed to hold the head in a centered position so that the eye muscles can work properly. 

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Activating the Vestibular Triad

stimulates eyes, ears, and coordination Although the vestibular system primarily responds to movements of the head, it   also responds to sensory  input from the ears and eyes.  Signals within the vestibular  system are protective. When stimulated, these signals work together on the muscles of the body   to position the head into an upright position. When stimulated, the vestibular system tends to prompt all of

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Visual Sequencing and Tracking Skills

Visual sequencing refers to the ability to organize images in a particular order. This skill is needed for success with reading, spelling (organizing letters in a particular order), mathematic operations, running bases in baseball, planning for moves in football, cheerleading, dancing, etc. The ability to organize visual images in any specific order begins with the ability to move the eyes from point to point

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Functional Vision: Beyond 20/20

Functional vision behavior includes more than 20/20 vision.  While use of vision for reading and handwriting or keyboarding are very important, use of the eyes for self care, guiding motor moves for coordination, identifying objects in the environment and determining  how they are used, are crucial for success with  independent living skills. Functional vision behavior can be strengthened through “play”,  by tapping into the

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Postural Control and Fine Motor Skills

Direct links exist between postural control and fine motor skills due to neuromotor pathways  that activate when heavy work is used.  The links include attention and control of movement for the muscles that move the eyes (i.e. reading) and those that move the hands (i.e. writing or keyboarding).   Postural control is an essential ingredient needed for successful  eye hand coordination skills.  When the

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