Fun Ways to Practice Handwriting with Preschoolers - When your child is at preschool age, they will begin learning to form their letters for handwriting. You can play a big part in this by exposing your younger preschooler to activities that encourage using pre-writing strokes and line they need for handwriting. They also will benefit from activities that help support their fine motor skills development in their fingers and Continue Reading
Tips to Help Left-Handed Children Improve Their Handwriting - Left-handers may have more difficulty with handwriting than right-handers and for various reasons. For one, our culture simply favors right-handers and left-to-right progression. Pulling a pencil or pen across the paper is easier than pushing it. And, as your child moves their left hand across the paper, it covers the words they've already written and it often smears the pencil marks too. Continue Reading
Does Hand Flapping Mean My Child Has Autism? - Self-stimulatory behaviors or "stimming" are commonplace in autistic kids or those with a sensory processing disorder. But, even a typically-developing child may display these types of behaviors as well. And, even if you notice your child hand flapping or showing other types of these behaviors, it isn't a definite indication your child has autism. These behaviors may cause you concern and Continue Reading
How Can the Ann Arbor Visual Training Program Help My Child? - The benefits of visual training for children go well beyond the initial benefits of helping children develop reading and writing skills. It improves visual discrimination, allowing children to discern things like letter size, capital versus lower cases letters, words, and sequence. About the Ann Arbor Visual Training Program and Its Benefits The Ann Arbor Visual Training Program offers a vision therapy treatment program Continue Reading
Traveling Tips for Kids with Autism, ADHD, or Sensory Processing Disorders - Traveling with kids is tough. Traveling with kids who have special needs or considerations because of sensory processing disorders, ADHD, or autism adds new dimensions to the difficulty. Flying with Children Who Have Sensory Processing Disorder and Similar Special Needs There are a variety of things you can do. First, make sure your child is well fed and slept before the flight. Continue Reading
Why is My Child Biting and What Can I Do About it? - Biting is a common behavior in young children and this means there are probably a lot of parents out there concerned about this. If you're one of them, don't worry — you're not alone. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce biting, even eliminate it completely. Why Your Child is Biting Biting is a natural part of a developing child. There are Continue Reading
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