September Class Updates
Facilitated Gross Motor Play
Movements through Hula Hoops
One of the main issues that we face with our students is having them stay focused. Exercises involving hula hoops can be a great form of physical exercise for both their bodies and minds. The idea of increased blood flow to the brain helps children with children's executive functioning skills especially when they look, think and plan the appropriate movements and will their bodies to perform that movement. When it is facilitated as play, there is a fun element to it as children learn by watching each other
Experimenting with paper
Engaging children with autism in sensory activities is beneficial in several ways, as it can help with stimulating the brain, creating neural pathways and improving sensory processing systems. The act of tearing encourages useful finger and co-ordination skills. In order to tear paper, child will learn to hold the paper between the thumb and pointing finger of each hand. They then have to move each hand in a different direction. We have a variety of activities that children can experiment and play using paper and other stuff such as glue, scissors, tapes etc.
Quinn workbooks are structured to be progressive in teaching child observation, co lours, alphabets, proper pencil grip and right amount of pressure when colouring. They also learn work time and completing it without rushing through. Students practice the different strokes in colouring such as up to down, left to right and vice versa as they colour alphabets. By now they will be developing tripod grip and pressure when colouring. Together with the techniques they will also be focusing on completing a colouring work and turning the page for next.
Fine motor is the movements of the small muscles in our hands which will enable students to grip a pencil and move it to write. Thongs are a good tool to teach children to use their fingers for gripping onto objects. Students will explore different materials to
Cognitive skill development in children involves the progressive building of learning skills, such as attention, memory and thinking. Students will work with board activities such as matching shapes to pictures, simple words to pictures and animal.
Music and Movement helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self· expre ssion. Students have an understanding of the sounds that different types of instruments produce and will now progress to