I’ve just started this book and it is a fascinating read. Trauma is stored in the brain but also in the body. It changes the physical structure of the brain and therefore how the body works. Treatment using only cognitive (talking) approaches ignore the physical component. Occupational therapists use hands on physical interventions to reduce anxiety through the body. This book provides agreed neurological evidence for this!
Crawling is a developmental stage that most children pass through, but not all. And for those that don't most go on to develop just as the crawlers do. So why then do occupational therapists get children down into crawling position (quadrupod) so frequently? you will see OT's doing animal walks, obstacle courses, lycra tunnels, all with a crawling component. There are MANY benefits to crawling, and by doing these activities your OT is able to get all the benefits at once. 1.
Boxed games and work at the desk have their place but nothing beats learning through movement and sensory experiences. I find adding multiple sensory elements, as tolerated, helps children retain and stay engaged. It doesn’t have to be expensive; doing a worksheet against the wall or tape it under the desk, playing a game on a wobble board or over a Swiss ball, draw shapes or letters on the side of the bath or shower instead of on paper, hide the game pieces in a tub of rice
School term is here! The first year at school is a huge step for parents and children. Because there are so many practical necessities to learn, it's great if you can give your child the foundation skills before they start. And they aren't learning the letters :) My favourite 5 are: 1. PRACTICE PINCER GRIP: have your child pinching thumb and pointer finger together using activities such as pegging clothes pegs, pinching play doh, picking up beads. Make sure their last 3 fing