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Dysgraphia: Ideas for Building the Hand for Writing

 

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

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Aidens Waltz by Victoria Marin

 

Aidens Waltz by Victoria Marin. I ran across this book as I searched for information regarding the benefits of  ballroom dance as it relates to occupational therapy.  My son who is 13 with global apraxia loves to dance, loves to watch dancing, movies with dancing, and watch his friends Dance.  Since he has been practicing ballroom dancing his social grace and courtesy skills and awareness are improving, he his more attentive to his movements and being in control of them.  He stands taller, is asking to learn different steps, enjoying the social interaction, and enjoying being the leader. He is learning to control his movements more precisely, and temper his energy because he must be mindful of his partner. The benefits have been numerous. Even his personal grooming habits are improving. (at 13 that’s a miracle for any boy) Here is an article written by Victoria Marin on the benefits of dance for children with Autism. http://www.fredastairewestwood.com/autismanddancing.htm

We enjoy (LOVE) the welcoming atmosphere of the Fat Cat Ballroom in Phoenix on 32nd and Thunderbird.  You can dance there every night of the week. You could not feel a more welcoming environment anywhere. http://fatcatballroomdance.com/