Occupational Therapists (OT’s) work with individuals with Down syndrome to help them learn and gain mastery in skills they need to be independent such as self-care skills (ex. dressing, bathing, feeding), fine motor skills, gross motor skills, school performance, and leisure activities. Individuals with Down syndrome are now, more than ever, being seen accomplishing great milestones such as graduating college, participating in social and recreational activities in their commu
In occupational therapy, there are many ways to motivate your child to practice their fine motor, sensory, and sensory-motor skills at home. Here are some apps and game that will assist in their development: iPads and Tablets: Temple Run and Fruit Ninja with visual scanning and tracking as well as sustained attention skills Dora ABCs and ABC tracing games are great apps to improve handwriting and letter formation while also making it enjoyable for your child. Cookie Maker and
"But it's just a craft" might be something you think when you pick your child up from therapy or even school but there are many benefits that derive from the making of that simple turkey, snow man, or even Easter egg craft. Crafts allow children to develop in physical, emotional, social and cognitive departments. So though you may think it's just a sweet craft they are bringing home to you it is much more. Physical benefits: Enhances fine motor skills: Crafts involve the mo
Reading and writing are simple tasks that most of us take for granted on a daily basis. The process of learning to read and write is one we all started early and have since then forgotten about. The skills required before handwriting can begin include: bilateral hand skills, body stability, hand and finger strength, thumb opposition, in-hand manipulation and development of palmar arches. The components required before reading can begin include: letter recognition, phonics, de
As your child grows, the way in which they will hold their crayons or pencils will change. This change comes from an increased development of their shoulder and arm muscles which in turn increases their grasp development. You will typically see 4 different grasps that will mature with age. Here are the 4 different grasp patterns: Fisted Grasp: This is the first grasp pattern typically seen around the ages of 1-1 ½ years old. Your child will most likely use their entire arm to
If you are like most parents, the thought of trying to figure out how to keep your children entertained during the holiday break can give you a massive amount of stress and anxiety. To help cure the holiday break blues, we complied a list of holiday activities your kids are sure to enjoy. Christmas Color By Number-This is such a great activity for visual scanning and fine motor skills. Paper Ball Reindeer Craft-An adorable and easy craft that promotes cutting skills. Love it!