Here are some activities that will help your child develop writing skills. Remember your child needs to enjoy the activity for it to be effective and learning to take place.Plan for your child to succeed. Try to encourage your child to write on vertical as well as flat surfaces.Use a variety of implements:• Fingers • Crayons • Textas • Chalk • Sticks and Read more
Children who easily get in a muddle or have difficulty dressing, writing or learning to swim or ride a bike often have a problem with motor planning.When a child has poor motor planning ability, they often try to instruct themselves in what to do and rely on a visual demonstration of a skill. They can also have difficulty doing two actions at once and make excuses not to try new Read more
All children are born with potential but what is that potential?When a child is developing differently to other children, this potential is harder to judge. No-one can or does know exactly what that potential is; it has to unfold with time.Parents of children with additional needs often say, “it’s not knowing that’s the hardest” and many want to know what they can do to help their Read more
The following strategies may help support your child’s interaction with other children.• Increase the time your child spends playing with someone else. By observing your child carefully you will see times he or she is able to accept someone sitting next to him or her. This is the beginning of joint attention in an activity• When you are sitting next to your child, you can help him Read more
Children don’t follow directions for a number of reasons.They may not be paying attention when the direction is given or they may not understand some or all of the language used. They might find it hard to see the reason for the direction or perhaps they find it hard to remember what is said or the order of things they are being asked to do.It may just be that the Read more
Good balance reactions allow a child to move confidently, explore playground equipment, climb, develop ball skills and ride a bike. Here are some activities to help your child improve their balance.1. Ask your child to sit cross-legged on a trampoline with their hands on their knees. Gently bounce the trampoline so that your child needs to react to maintain their position. This could also be Read more
Children who are given time to share books from a young age can have stronger language skills when they start school.Find a place where you can share a book and see your child’s face.Look at what your child is interested in. Let them show you what they want to do, e.g. they might want to hold the book or turn the pages.Wait for your child to do or say something and then respond to Read more
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