We have been working on strengthening D’s Shoulder Girdle to improve stability and aid control needed for improved handwriting as well as being able to do a handstand. I ran across this helpful site on the Well Trained Mind Forum. So many helpful threads there!
So glad I landed on this little treasure. I can’t wait to explore all the cool sites that have been shared here. Hoping stoke the coals and build a tiny flame.
In a Montessori Early childhood program preparations for writing and building the hand begin at birth. Since Maria Montessori saw the hand as the child’s instrument to understand the world around him she carefully prepared materials to aid the child in building control of movement, and sensitivity of touch. These are ideas that get lost in typical early childhood programs and many times a child is holding a pencil before her hand and body are ready to support this detailed and concentrated work. As a parent of a child with dyspraxia, I know all too well the challenges of an inefficient system of motor planning and movement that needs explicit, and repeated practice to master many organized movements, whether of the hand the body the eyes the mouth all the magnificent orchestrations that occur in our daily work. I happened on to this nice list of supports that may be of assistance to you in your efforts to aid your child to build themselves and their improve their motor control and strength of hand. There’s not a moment to lose. http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/downloads/handwriting_and_dyspraxia.pdf
I hope you will enjoy watching the possibilities that are here in this program and applaud Elizabeth’s Mom, for taking it on and creating something beautiful that we can learn from.
Some nice resources for students with Intellectual Disabilities can be found here.
31 Speech And Language Apps For iPad. This site seems to have a very thoughtful collection of apps that may be helpful to anyone using the ipad for a supplement to reading and language development. I love this technology but now need some help with scheduling it’s use. Is there an app for that?