Benefits of a Weighted Blanket for Kids with Autism or ADHD - There are many benefits to weighted blankets to help children with special needs. They provide a calming effect since they provide kids with a sense of deep pressure — something children with ADHD and autism crave. Weighted blankets also help with: Stress Nerves Mood Anxiety When bombarded with their senses, these blankets (and weighted vests) help children process their emotions. Continue Reading
Recognizing the Red Flags for Dyslexia - Your child may show signs of dyslexia as early as their preschool years. Children with dyslexic dysgraphia have handwriting work that's spontaneous and illegible. While they have fairly good copied work, they typically have poor spelling. As a parent, you may have heard dyslexia or a reading disability can't be diagnosed until your child is in the third grade. However, this isn't Continue Reading
What is Callirobics and How Can it Benefit My Child? - Callirobics are a distinct set of handwriting therapy exercises. This type of handwriting therapy consists of having your child practice simple writing patterns that are repetitive (curved and straight lines) along with listening to music. Your child is relaxed by the music and it also adds rhythm while they are practicing their exercises. When you combine music with their exercises, it takes Continue Reading
Holiday Fine Motors Activities for Your Child - Fine motor skills are the coordination of movements of your child's small muscles — typically involving fingers and hands synchronization with their eyes. These skills require your child to use these small muscles to perform different activities or tasks. If your child has attention and learning disabilities, they may have difficulty with these essential skills. You can help your child understand Continue Reading
5 San Diego Festive Activities Involving Sensory Processing and Visual Perception Developmental Skills - Winter wonderland may not be the first phrase that comes to mind when thinking of San Diego, but these festive activities bring the spirit of winter to the city while stimulating the senses. That makes them ideal choices for developing sensory processing and visual perception skills in children who have sensory processing issues. 1. Holidays at LEGOLAND From the nightly glow of the LEGO Continue Reading
The Importance of Screening Children at an Early Age - Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are where you have impairment in responding to sensory stimuli like a disability in modulation, detection or interpretation of stimuli. SPD problems impact children’s responses to daily life sensory events. When you realize your child may be struggling with SPD, your next step is to seek the help of an experienced professional like a San Diego pediatric occupational Continue Reading
The Importance of Screening Children at an Early Age for Signs of Fine Motor Issues - Many people think kids automatically acquire motor skills like jumping, running and throwing while their bodies are developing. They feel it's just the "natural process" that children go through along with physical maturation. However, maturation is only one part of the whole scheme. It's the part that allows children to implement most movement skills at a begging or immature level. Continue Reading
Cursive vs. Print: When Should You Consider One Over the Other? - As a society, many of us falsely think print handwriting is easier to learn than cursive handwriting for students. Adults progressively discard cursive, but, when it comes right down to it, which type of handwriting is better: cursive vs. printing? Cursive Handwriting Since the time when many U.S. states adopted the Common Core State Standards, many schools have discontinued teaching cursive handwriting since Continue Reading
Back to School: Stationery That is Best Suited to Kids with Fine Motor Difficulties - Children, in their preschool and kindergarten years, are introduced to handwriting, art projects, and activities that require accurate cutting and writing. How well your child uses his fine motor skills determines the success they have in these activities. It takes a lot of practice for your child to refine their fine motor skills. However, randomly scribbling on a piece of paper and holding Continue Reading
5 Home-Based Activities to Keep Your Kids Fresh During the Summer - Summer vacation can be lots of fun when your children have plenty to do. Learning and playing go hand in hand. Your children won’t enjoy staying indoors when it’s warm and sunny outside. With this in mind, take a look at the following ways to keep your little ones busy outdoors while also helping to develop their fine motor skills. 1) Continue Reading