When your child comes home from school give them a break, they've been working hard all day long.
A lot of times what I like to do is set the timer for 60 minutes have the child come in to be able to detox, relax, let them play, whatever they like to do.
When the timer goes off, or give them a warning. Then it's time to maybe focus on more structured activity.
There are a wide variety of pencil grips, and sometimes it takes trial and error to figure out which one looks best for your child.
Talk with your OT to see which pencil grasp, if any, is appropriate.
- The three functional grasp are the tripod grasp with three fingers.
- The Quadro pod grasp with four fingers, where the pencil rests on the fourth finger,
- The adaptive tripod grasp for the pencil rests in between your index and middle finger and the thumb supports two sides.
It's important to teach children, the correct way to form letters, when they're first start writing. This sets the bar for letter formation in the future.
Giving a child highlighted lines on their paper helps them to visually see where they can write their letters. On triple lines paper highlights the bottom half for the lowercase letters are written.
You can let children have a fidget in his left hand while printing with his right hand. This is a great tool for kids to squeeze and play with to assist them in calming their sensory system. This helps them concentrate on a task that may be difficult like handwriting, or math.
A slant board can be utilized secondary to visual perceptual issues, and for strengthening the upper extremities and hands. Some children find the positioning of the sideboard to be more comfortable, and it provides support for weak wrists and hands.
Other children find the lift of this slant board to be easier to see, since it's closer to their face. There's a good transition for students who have difficulty alternating from a horizontal surface to a vertical surface when copying, such as when a child has to copy from a teacher's chalkboard onto their own paper.
What I like to do is encourage parents to get homework done as they can. The opportunity to build sensory based learning into the daily routine from basic core subjects of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies is all around us.
- Give the child a grocery list when you go shopping to have them help with directions, finding landmarks when you go to the dentist,
- have them read the menu at a restaurant
- have them give the waitress cash and count the change.