Category Archives: academics

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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Task Organization and Executive Functions

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

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Visual Sequencing Skills: Following step-by-step instructions

Visual sequencing essentially incorporates the use of language skills as you talk yourself through a task.  However the activity presented to this youngster incorporates a wealth of additional learning skills. Visual Sequencing involves use of the concept “what comes next?”  This is a vital reading readiness skill  in that the youngster is required to mentally organize a series of  visual images/letters along with their

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Understanding Directions

Navigational skills – being able to sequentially follow directions does not come easily for persons with Sensory Processing Dysfunction.   While many might consider this skill to be somewhat intuitive, developmental theorists have shown us that this skill  initially develops in childhood from learning experiences we have with manipulating objects in space. It is from this basic platform of building and constructing projects that the

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Back to School with Sustained Visual Regard!

Getting youngsters with Sensory Processing Disorders to sustain visual attention and visual pursuits as needed for greater success in reading and exploring the environment can be problematic. Without sustained visual attention, the ability to name  and understand the functionality of whatever it is you are looking at, is difficult.  Without the ability to sustain looking for visual pursuit of the object as it  moves,

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Learning To Visualize Objects As They Move And Turn In Space

Needed for  handwriting, fractions, geometry, soccer,  gymnastics   The ability to mentally rotate and imagine objects as they translate from 2-dimensional into 3 dimensional objects is often called “space visualization” and is necessary to success in the academic classroom. Space visualization is a skill embedded in math concepts  of adding, subtracting, and division of fractions.  It is also embedded in geometric equations, geography, social

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Using Food Crafts for Math Concepts

Researchers are now telling us what we already intuitively knew.  Namely, that children who have difficulties with spatial concepts are far more likely to have challenges in math than their peers. Building geometric shapes with grapes and toothpicks has been a favorite way to have children grasp concepts of trajectories, alignment, bottom-up models of construction, and many other visual-spatial concepts. It’s also fun!