What is visual memory? Memory: The skill to recognize previously seen objects/numbers/letters/pictures – especially detail Sequential memory: The ability to remember a series of objects/numbers/letters/pictures – very important for spelling The steps of remembering Receives The child needs to pay attention to visual input from the environment e.g. watching the teacher demonstrate a task/look at…

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Our kids are growing up in a technological age. They are confronted with tablets, smartphones, laptops, DSTV and so much more. Your phone is seen as part of your image and our kids want the latest and greatest. So why should we limit them? The biggest concern I have is that kids are not spending…

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How does the child present in the classroom/at home ADHD Fidgety Poor concentration Impulsive Restless Poor listening skills Gets up a lot Talks a lot Shouts out answers Loses things Cannot wait for his turn Makes unnecessary mistakes Postural control Has trouble sitting still Want to move continuously Clumsy Slouches in chair Supports head Changes…

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Hand preference usually starts to develop by the age of 3 years. Hand dominance should be fully intact by the age of 5 years 6 months old.  By now your child should use 1 hand, dominantly, for all of the tasks he performs. If you child is still switching hands to perform tasks there might…

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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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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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Muscle tone refers to the natural stress in the muscle when at rest. It is not the same as muscle strength. A child with a natural lower tone in his muscle will use his muscles with more effort than a child with normal muscle tone. Children with low muscle-tone therefore tire easily, or they move…

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Causes of poor handwriting Poor visual perceptual skills Poor muscle tone Poor postural control Poor fine eye-hand coordination Poor hand function Poor motor planning Poor sensory integration Poor visio-motor integration Poor concentration ADHD/ADD Cognitive and psychological factors Dysgraphia:  this is a neurological disorder resulting in problematic handwriting. This disorder sometimes accompanies ADHD, Asperger’s, learning disabilities,…

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2,5% of kids in America are depressed (stats in South Africa were not available – from the Anxiety and Depression Support Group). Children as young as 3 years old can be identified with depression. It is more common in boys under 10 years and more common in girls during puberty. Depression won’t go away by…

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Stimulation is necessary for survival of a new-born baby. Touch for a new-born is the most important sensory stimulation that a baby needs for survival. Failure to thrive will occur if a new-born is not touched regularly. Advance brain development will occur if a baby is stimulated beyond what naturally occurs to raise a baby.…

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