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
Back-to-School Shopping List - Kids rarely enjoy thinking about the prospect of going back to school. Even so, you need to do your back-to-school shopping. Try to get your children involved so they look forward to using their new school supplies. Many kids’ supplies focus on the use of fine motor skills. These are the small muscle movements of the hand. They’re used when manipulating Continue Reading
Fine Motor Activities to Prepare Kids for Kindergarten - Fine motor activities are important because they encourage and help your child work on developing their fine motor skills. These skills are essential for proper handwriting. Before being introduced to writing, your child should get plenty of practice developing fine motor skills. Your child uses their small muscles of their body when practicing their fine motor skills that enable them to Continue Reading
The Benefits of Cursive - In today's age of iPhones and tablets, you may wonder why your child even needs to learn cursive handwriting. Chances are most people will simply be dictating and typing in the future, right? Although electronic devices are making the writing process much easier and more convenient, evidence shows that using a pen and paper offers a number of benefits that typing doesn't. In Continue Reading
Fidget Spinners? Good or Gimmick? - Fidget spinners are small and made of metal or plastic. In the center, they have a bearing and have a few prongs that spin around it. The intent of the gadget is to provide mindless play while sitting in class. Although they have been around for some time now, they are just recently growing in popularity. However, they are also Continue Reading