As an Occupational Therapist, I constantly feel that the children who attend therapy with me at school would benefit enormously from therapy 3 times a week! However, with a child’s busy schedule this is just not possible!
As parents, you often feel helpless with your child’s learning, and as I can well imagine, you at times find yourself feeling lost as to how you will ever get your child to understand a particular concept.
Occupational Therapy encompasses a child’s abilities as a whole and explores all the individual unique skills your child possesses. So what can you do at home to stimulate skill development? Try the following tips:
- Encourage your child to practice and learn the different shapes and colours within their environment. When your child accompanies you on a shopping trip encourage them to identify the colours and shapes of objects.
- Once they have learnt to identify letters and numbers encourage the exploration of the identification of these components within their environment.
- Encourage gross motor play. This is a very important part of a child’s development, and hence, a child should be encouraged to run, climb, skip and make his/her way through an obstacle course.
- Encourage your child to use their imaginations, and create stories or ideas from pictures or situations they are exposed to. For example, “look at the picture of the cow on the milk bottle, did you know that milk comes from cows?”
Warren Thompson is the Learner Support Unit Manager at the Sparrow Schools Educational Trust.