Below is an excellent resource from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, a resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators. The direct link is https://www.educatorstechnology.com/2016/01/a-handy-chart-featuring-over-30-ipad.html for a printable PDF version of the chart. This chart was taken directly from the website and it was categorized in four main categories.
Check out the article Reducing and Surviving Sensory Overload During the Holidays at https://lemonlimeadventures.com/reducing-surviving-sensory-overload-holidays-anxious-kid/. It’s a great article that addresses tips for parents on how to cope with sensory needs during the holidays. The main topics include:
- What is Sensory Overload During the Holidays?
- Signs of Sensory Overload
- Tips for Reducing and Surviving Sensory Overload: Preparing for the Holidays, Survival Tips for Children, Survival Tips for Parents
Sleep patterns are so important for people of all ages in order to increase daily function and a healthy lifestyle. So many times students come to school sleepy and have a difficult time staying awake because they didn’t get enough sleep the night before. For many of those students it is because they go to bed too late for their growing bodies and that they don’t have a good bedtime routine. Obtaining a bedtime routine for our children can sometimes be very difficult. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has published a TIPS sheet regarding bedtime routines for our youngsters. Specifically, it gives suggestions to help your child relax to get ready for sleep, to help your child feel comfortable for bedtime, to make sure that your child is safe while sleeping alone, and to help your child become more independent in sleep. Please click on the article, Establishing Bedtime Routines for Children, to access some great suggestions to creating a healthy routine.
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) has published several tip sheets for “living life to its fullest”. One article, Building Play Skills for Healthy Children & Families, discusses what is play, why it is important and how to develop these skills. Play is important at all stages of life, but many times it is referred to recreational activities for adults. This article describes how to develop these skills to promote healthy living during early childhood (infants, toddlers and preschoolers), elementary age, middle school, high school and beyond.
Fine motor skills are very important for children to develop. These skills require the use of the small muscles in your hands. Fine motor activities include holding a pencil, coloring, cutting, stringing beads, playing games, buttoning, zipping, etc. This article, Help Your Preschool Child Develop Fine Motor Skills, explains what fine motor skills are, why some children have problems with fine motor skills, important hand skills children need to develop, and activities for developing hand skills.
Attached is an article that can be used as a guide of how to increase independence with self-care skills. It highlights what children should be able to do at certain ages. The article describes how to teach your child how to complete daily routines independently. It gives suggestions of why children can become difficult to manage when learning to become more independent with self-help tasks, and what we can do when they refuse to complete a task. Click on Teaching Your Child to Become Independent with Daily Routines for direct access to the PDF file or go to the link where other good resources can also be found https://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/family.html .
There are many ways to practice writing letters of the alphabet without using paper and pencil. This article lists several fun ways to help a child to learn how to write the alphabet. Check out this article for many multi-sensory approaches to writing! Fun Ways to Teach Children How to Write the Letters of the Alphabet I have also added a couple other articles under the Handwriting tab.
Please see the new resource on the Fine Motor tab regarding milestones.
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