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, paper clips and staplers.
Child will continue with work book assigned according to level
Children will start with proper posture before they can learn to eat independently. Pro per posture will ensure that they sustain their stamina throughout the self eating and minimise spillage. Students will slouch, put up legs on chair, rock chair or move away from table. They will continue to learn proper sitting for eating and also bend forward when eating to minimise spillage as well as keep within the time and clean up after.
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 grip that require different levels of strength. Its a great way to also improve hand eye coordination.
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 words of everyday objects, beginning alphabets to pictures.
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-expression. Students have an understanding of the sounds that different types of instruments produce and will now progress to simple movements for songs