These skills are necessary to interpret / analyse / understand seen information. These skills are the building blocks for reading, writing and maths. Foreground-background The ability to focus on 1 letter / number / object while not being confused by the surrounding / background information. *Kids who struggle with this ‘steals’ words / letters from…

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Don’t do these exercises for more than 2 minutes at a time as this will cause a headache. Hold an object close to your face (touching your nose) while focusing your eyes on it.  Move the object slowly away, up to arms-length, while you keep eyes focused on it.  Move the object back to your…

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That is the ability of both sides of the body to work together to perform a task. Signs/symptoms of a child struggling with bilateral integration Appearing to be uncoordinated when doing tasks Difficulty in performing gross motor tasks Preferring not to cross the imaginary midline of the body Not choosing a dominant hand to write/draw/colour…

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Balance is a multi-sensory activity that enables us to know where our bodies are in the environment and to maintain a certain position. Normal balance depends on information from the inner ear (vestibular system), other senses (such as sight and touch) and muscle movement (motor skills and proprioception). Our sense of balance is specifically regulated…

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The following is taken from Kaplan and Saddock (the book that the doctors use for diagnosing children). Diagnostic criteria according to the DSMV  Either (1) or (2):  Inattention:  six (or more) of the following symptoms of inattention have persisted for at least six months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:…

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We see kids crawling in different ways – so which way is the correct way? The correct way is for the baby to place weight on his straight arms and bent hips and knees. Crawl contra-laterality by moving forward with his left hand and right knee at the same time and vice versa. What are…

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Bullying happens in all schools although the schools attempt to eradicate this. We get different types of bullying: Physical bullying: Taking someone’s lunch money, pushing, hitting, etc / Threatening someone with physical violence Emotional bullying: The moment teasing becomes constant and hurtful then it is classified as bullying / Spreading rumours / By gossiping but…

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It is important to remember that kids cannot always name their emotions and tell us why they are feeling the way they do thus their emotions are expressed through their behaviour. Also remember that a child doesn’t always immediately react to stress but it may only exhibit in their behaviour days/weeks/months later. Types of behavioural…

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What is the correct grip? The dynamic tripod grip (as in the image above). The pencil is held between the thumb and index finger, with the pencil resting against the middle finger.  An efficient pencil grip facilitates legibility, letter formation, speed and endurance. An efficient pencil grip is one in which the writing tool is…

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Anything is extremes are usually unhealthy.  Having your baby in a jolly-jumper or walking ring for 15 minutes per day (NO MORE) will not hamper his / her progress.  However, prolonged use of a jolly-jumper or walking ring will influence your baby’s development. When a baby is placed in a walking ring or jolly jumper…

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