There is a pesky fly buzzing around your house! When you follow its path with your eyes so that you can catch it you are using visual tracking! Visual tracking is simply focusing on an object as it moves across a person’s visual field. This skill is important for almost all daily activities, including reading, writing, cutting with scissors, drawing, and playing. Typically, the ability to visually track objects emerges in children around the age of five. You might see problem
Lately we’ve started to explore collaborative art-making during our art therapy sessions with some of the kids that struggle to engage with art-making on their own.
Collaborative art therapy sessions offer individuals and groups opportunities to learn how to work together, resolve conflicts, work through trauma, develop social and communication skills, and a safe place for expression. (Malchiodi, 2012). It’s not unusual for a child to find a blank
It is very important to look holistically at speech and language development which includes foundations such as attention and play skills. This is because they are precursor skills required to develop prior to another skill beginning to develop and strengthen.
This is a great visual I like to utilise with parents to show the hierarchy of communicative development at each of its stages and the importance of it.
- Mouroge #speechpathology #speechtherapy #speech #language
Does your child seem clumsy, uncoordinated or or move awkwardly? But why? Bilateral coordination is the ability to coordinate both sides of our body in a controlled manner at the same time. It is a foundational ability that is required for many different activities and tasks in our daily life. Having good bilateral coordination means that our brains are communicating and sharing information effectively to allow our hands or feet work together or separately, at the same time.
When completing tasks at home and in school some children may lose track of what they are doing, make frequent mistakes, or simply abandon the task all together. When a child is struggles to complete tasks, there are many reasons that paying attention may be difficult. Attention is a foundational skill needed to build more complex skills and complete tasks. Many of the skills that children need inside and outside of school require attention and focus. They need to be able to
What is motor planning? We use motor planning (sometimes referred to as praxis) for everything we do! We use it to get dressed, throw and catch a ball, write, draw, cooking a meal, and wash out hands. Motor Planning (or praxis) requires fine motor, gross motor and cognitive skills to understand the task, plan out an action in response to the task, and carry out that task successfully. We need to organize any incoming information from our environment and our body and integrate
Handwriting challenges? How do we spot these? There are many underlying components that affect handwriting. Some include: ·Posture:
- Having the core strength to sit upright at a desk
·Visual – motor skills:
- transferring ideas from your head onto paper
- copying from the board
·Fine motor skills
- Hand (fingers and wrist) and arm strength
- Dexterity (in-hand manipulation)
- Being able to grasp and move the pencil efficiently