Does your child have special needs? It is important to remember that children learn in a variety of ways and at different paces. Occupational therapy is available to assist children who need some additional assistance acquiring important life skills. It has been proven effective in helping children with fine and gross motor skills, elongating attention spans, and sensory and processing skills. If your child is going to see an occupational therapist, there are plenty of things you can also do to help them in their development. Here are a few ways you can make occupational therapy a little easier!
All children can benefit from having routines in their life. This is especially important in school when they need to understand how they are expected to function throughout the day. For example, children should have routines for getting ready in the morning for school. A morning routine for a child includes brushing your teeth, getting dressed, getting your backpack ready, and eating a healthy breakfast.
Request Extensions For Your Child
Sometimes, children just need a little longer to complete assignments in school. If your child has a learning disability, speak with their teacher and see if they will grant your child with extensions on homework assignments, book reports, projects, etc. If your child is struggling to make good grades in school, it may not because they can’t do the work, it may just be because they need more time.
Familiarize Them With Computers
Technology is everywhere you look these days. It is important that children learn how to use computers in school. Although typing is challenging for a lot of children, it is important that your child learns how to use a computer because it will help them as they progress through grade levels.
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center serves families of children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. We are a team of experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavioral sciences. As a team, we offer intensive hands-on therapy for children and adolescents, as well as informative and useful resources for families. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help your family, visit us online or give us a call at (202) 561-1110 (Washington, D.C. office) or (301) 577-4333 (Lanham office). Want to get more information on how to help your child thrive? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest.