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 Floortime Theraphy ?

What is Floortime Theraphy ?

Floor time therapy is the notion of following the child’s lead and engaging with the child at his level.
Therapists teach parents how to direct children into a meaningful and complex interaction which is called ‘opening and closing circles of communication.
This therapy  changed our lives , as our son at the age of 4 had a very limited vocabulary and through the sessions we have managed to introduce new concepts and words.
The speech and language therapy he was doing at the time did not seem to have a positive affect on him and his articulation was poor as there was not much engagement from his side at the time.

The therapy method  was created by Dr. Stanley Greenspan it was developed in order to help children communicate as well as reach higher level of thinking.
Following the child lead and participate in a play and imagination world is a fun way children become “problem solvers ” and can reach higher levels of studying.

Floortime therapy target the improvement  in the following areas of communication and personal development:

– Self-regulation and interest in the world – many children on the spectrum have rigid thoughts and actions which limits their progress.
– Intimacy, or engagement in human relations
– Two-way communication
– Complex communication
– Emotional ideas and development of letting the child express feelings and emotions with no boundaries.
– Emotional thinking and logical thinking.
– Floortime helps the child make logical connections : for instance if  the child is playing with a car and wants to stack the car in a small cupboard ….you don’t just open the cupboard for
the child but try to create an obstacle like blocking the front of the cupboard to let the child solve the ‘problem’ using communication skills forcing a thinking process and asking relevant questions.

The parent should remain objective playful and never judgmental as this will send the wrong message to the child, the idea to follow the child lead is to help with engaging the communication.

The child could see that the parent takes interest and is engaged in the activity.

We learnt the importance of back and forth communication at the time of play and the negative effect of plastic modern flashy toys with digital sounds that destruct the child’s attention and isolate the child further.

During our sessions Guy was developing his capacity to stay in a continuous flow of interaction, engage in shared problem solving and express his ideas in pretend play and conversation with the therapist and Tommy (his younger brother).

Stanley Greenspan You tube video:

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Primitive Reflexes...

 

90% of the children diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, and other behavioural disorders have them 

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