5 daily challenges to improve articulation

5 daily challenges to improve articulation

5  fun activities that improve speech and articulation :

  1.  Blowing bubbles through straws  in different capacity containers.
  2.  Sucking  sugar-free lollipops.
  3. Blowing  different kinds of whistles . @talktool have a  wonderful assortment ( see photo).
  4. Bite down on baby chewing toys . ( like vibrating tethers ).
  5. Make tongue movements :  Putting peanut butter on his lips so he had to use his tongue to lick it off  or  looking in the mirror while moving his tongue , and putting a sugar free M&M sized sweet in his mouth and  getting him to move it from side to side with his tongue.

Doing these activities on a daily basis is the key to success.

lollipop autism results
lollipop autism results
5 tips on how to improve hand-eye coordination and improve your reading and writing .

5 tips on how to improve hand-eye coordination and improve your reading and writing .

When our son started school at the age of 5 and could not form any letters , I had bought a variety of  programs which intended to help him to trace and track the letters  but it didn’t help .

I have listed  how we overcame this disability and learnt to write . Now his hand writing is clear and legible .

1.  Primitive reflexes :  We all have active neurological reflexes present in our central nervous system , those enable us to function as we do in a day to day life . We  are born ,with a number of primitive reflexes, and those facilitate our development in the womb and make it possible for us to undergo the natural birthing process as well as stimulating  our natural development during our early life .  They are tested at birth , and when present , indicate   that the neurological development in the womb is as it should be .  After that, they hang around until we reach certain developmental milestones , such as smiling for the first time or taking the first step, and are able to to perform normal infantile movements in the correct manner . Once we reach that stage , they have no further play in our life and our brains inhibits or removes them from our central nervous system .   As the primitive reflexes are inhibited or removed , they are replaced  by postural neurological reflexes, which remain active in our central nervous system for the rest of our lives, ensuring that we can undertake normal daily movement patterns.  BUT when these primitive reflexes stay from some reason or other in our central nervous system they are a BARRIER TO NORMAL DEVELOPMENT. some of the symptoms include : *Difficulty with visual tracking and crossing the midline.

  • Difficulty with reading and following a line of text.  easily losing their place when reading.
  • Difficulty reading small print.
  • Double vision.
  • poor listening skills.
  • poor handwriting and difficulty coping written script.
  • difficulty with spelling.
  • poor hand eye coordination.
  • impulsive and emotionally immature for their age.

For more information on the primitive reflexes please refer the chapter under the same name in my book.    

 

 

 

 

 

2.   Activities for crossing the midline :

3. Throwing and catching balls , hitting balls  and jumping.    The jumping movement is good for the child’s brain because , like all movement , it provides a lot of stimulus to the vestibular system , which then sends impulses to the cerebrum, thereby helping to develop the neural pathways and rewire the brain . Research shows that brain functions such as reading, comprehension , memory and the ability to evaluate and do mathematics are deeply affected by activities that stress balance, efficiency and spatial awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. play dough:

5. Therapeutic listening : In short , it’s an approach that recognizes that listening goes well beyond the ears and is a function of the brain . The way we listen affects the way we behave, and so to that end , therapeutic listening uses sound training together with sensory integrative techniques that don’t just stimulate the auditory system but also help rewire those parts of the brain that enable us to hear .  What’s more, it can help people who exhibit a myriad of behavior types .

How to  get the hand writing going ?

How to  get the hand writing going ?

When my son was in year 3 in school he was unable to form letters or numbers .  His school provided him with a laptop as his spellings were good but they did not think he was able to write and the OT the school had provided said that the law only requires a child  to be  able to sign his name BUT I had big dreams for my son , i believed he will be able to write . Now as a teenager his hand writing is neat  and nice and he loves writing stories .

At first I had purchased different tracking activities but quickly realised that my son was unable to follow the templates as his focus , tracking and eye teaming were  very poor .  After working with a vision therapist here are my recommendations.

Here are my 5 tips :

  1. Working on the primitive reflexes is a game changer .  Primitive reflexes :  We all have active neurological reflexes present in our central nervous system , those enable us to function as we do in a day to day life . We  are born ,with a number of primitive reflexes, and those facilitate our development in the womb and make it possible for us to undergo the natural birthing process as well as stimulating  our natural development during our early life .  They are tested at birth , and when present , indicate   that the neurological development in the womb is as it should be .  After that, they hang around until we reach certain developmental milestones , such as smiling for the first time or taking the first step, and are able to to perform normal infantile movements in the correct manner . Once we reach that stage , they have no further play in our life and our brains inhibits or removes them from our central nervous system .   As the primitive reflexes are inhibited or removed , they are replaced  by postural neurological reflexes, which remain active in our central nervous system for the rest of our lives, ensuring that we can undertake normal daily movement patterns.  BUT when these primitive reflexes stay from some reason or other in our central nervous system they are a BARRIER TO NORMAL DEVELOPMENT. some of the symptoms include : *Difficulty with visual tracking and crossing the midline.
    • Difficulty with reading and following a line of text.  easily losing their place when reading.
    • Difficulty reading small print.
    • Double vision.
    • poor listening skills.
    • poor handwriting and difficulty coping written script.
    • difficulty with spelling.
    • poor hand eye coordination.
    • impulsive and emotionally immature for their age.

 

Activities for crossing the mid line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross motor activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine motor activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing the right pencil grip .   

 

 

 

What is therapeutic listening ?

What is therapeutic listening ?

Therapeutic listening is an approach that recognises that listening goes well beyond the ears and is a function of the brain .

The way we listen affects the way we behave , and so to that end therapeutic listening uses sound training together with sensory integrative techniques that don’t just stimulate the auditory system but also help rewire those parts of the brain that enable us to hear . What’s more it can help people who exhibit a myriad of behaviour types .

Therapeutic listening uses electronically modified music with rhythmic sound patterns in order to stimulate and trigger the self organising capacities of the nervous system , and as such , a person’s progression through the program will depend on how they respond at any particular point  . In other words , its adapted to a person’s specific needs.    We did the home based program and did it twice a day  while doing a floor time activity or while doing a physical activity . Our experience with therapeutic listening  showed improvements in many areas  such as : *better hand-eye coordination which resulted in better hand writing , better coordinated movements , better concentration , less anxiety as well as better articulation .

I am a certified therapeutic listening practitioner and recommend you use the Vital Link website to find a practitioner in your area  .

https://vitallinks.com/parent-center/therapeutic-listening-for-parents/

What is Crossing the Midline ?

What is Crossing the Midline ?

Crossing the midline is an imaginary line down the centre of the body which divides the body into left and right.

It actually refers to the ability to reach across the middle of the body with arms and legs crossing over to the other side.

Crossing the midline is important stage in child development.

A child that doesn’t cross the midline may indicate that both sides of the brain are not communicating well together and this will affect how your child  reads and writes.

Here are a few sensory ideas for crossing the midline activities :

 

Drawing the infinity  and using different materials  like chalk , whiteboard , foam ,sand etc …

With the Shaving foam I also added shining with a laser pen and tracing the infinity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrange the alaphabet in order , alternating  HANDS .(you can also multi-task by adding singing a song while doing it).

Showing the ABC game

 

Hands to opposite knees while reading the Hart chart:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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