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Why are bilateral skills important?

Why are bilateral skills important? Well, these skills are vitally important as we use them for so many different movements and actions that require both sides of our body to perform together such as: walking playing catching balls cutting When you are unable to cross the body midline, it means that the two sides of…

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A sensory seeker or avoider?

Is your child a sensory seeker or avoider? Take a look and see! The Seeker – hyposensitive The child will: See out certain types of input in order to meet their lack of sensory input their body is receiving. Craves proprioceptive input ie bumps/crashes into objects or people, plays rough, jumps around. Enjoy lots of…

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Scissor Skill Practice

Scissor skill practice – did you know there are many skills a child needs before mastering this activity? In order to hold a pair of scissors and snip/cut along lines etc, your child will need a precision grasp on the scissors, use them in a perpendicular position and have good dexterity with the thumb in…

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Mindfulness Calming Craft Activity

Here is a lovely mindfulness calming craft activity that your child can make from scratch. The activity below is a breathing exercise: Do you feel that your child sometimes needs to chill out? Do they present as anxious, stressed, have lots of meltdowns (especially when they arrive home from school or going somewhere new), dislike…

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Letter and Number Reversals

When a child starts to write, it is very common to see letter and number reversals, especially the letters b and d. How many times have you seen this happen? However, it does not mean your child has dyslexia if this occurs. Reversals are the norm up to approximately 7-8 years of age. Sometimes a…

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Play dough and putty!

Play dough and putty! We bet you did not know that play dough is a very easy and creative way for building fine motor skills for our children! The soft and squishy dough provides lots of tactile sensory challenge with lots of proprioceptive sensory feedback! It also helps to strengthen the arches of the hands…

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Have some fun this autumn with your child’s scissors!

Why are scissor skills important? They can build up hand strength for one thing! By opening and closing the scissors, this helps children build up the small muscles in their hands. These muscles are important for other daily tasks such as using cutlery, fastening buttons and zips, drawing, writing, brushing teeth and hair, getting dressed…

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How to create a home sensory circuit!

How to create a home sensory circuit! Well, sensory circuits are a fantastic way in which to help alert and calm children. The aim is to help focus and concentration to allow them to be ready for learning. It also develops sensory processing skills. Sensory circuits are usually conducted first thing in the morning in…

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What are prewriting skills?

What are prewriting skills? These are the fundamental skills that our children need to develop so they can write. These skills also contribute to a child holding the pencil or pen, drawing, writing, copying and even colouring. These are the strokes that most letters/numbers and our early drawings are made up of! They are mastered…

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Learning to use scissors

Learning to use scissors requires coordination such as fine motor, bilateral integration and eye-hand coordination. Scissor skills require instruction and practice in order to develop this fully. Does your child have a difficulty using scissors? Here are some tips to help in this area. Learning to use scissors and cutting accurately is a skill we…

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