Work Hard, Play Hard: Pin Pricking

Pin Pricking

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How to:

First gather the materials.  There are all sorts of options.  Today we used metal knitting needles, a cardboard box, and some sheets of paper the kids drew pictures on.   Continue reading Work Hard, Play Hard: Pin Pricking

Work Hard, Play Hard: Trim the Hedges

Work Hard, Play Hard: Trim the Hedges

How To:

Find a bush that can easily be cut with a pair of child’s safety scissors.  Also, preferably a bush in your backyard that you won’t mind if it looks a little bare or lopsided!  Give your child the scissors and let them go to town giving the bush a “haircut”.  Cutting is great for fine motor skill development and increasing hand strength.

Inspiration:

The kids saw me trimming the hedges and thought it looked like fun!  Usually Mr Rockstar is not a fan of cutting but trimming the hedges is more fun than cutting paper evidently.  I was surprised how long and diligently the kids spent helping trim the hedges.

Electronic Media Accountability Week of 10-19-14

Electronic Media

Last week I posted a challenge to be more accountable as parents with our children’s electronic media consumption.  I know I have a tendency to turn on the cartoons or hand over the iPad whenever the kids are driving me crazy.  This robs them all of sorts of playtime to learn self regulation, self soothing, and have creative experimentation.  Read more about electronic media and its effect on kids here.

Our Goals:

  1. 1 hr or less of cartoons on week days.  No weekday video games except educational ones supervised by me.
  2. 2-3 hrs of cartoons and video games on the weekends.
  3. DVDs in the car are limited to before and after therapy, church, doctors appointments, and long road trips (approx 3 times a week)
  4. If anyone is sick all limits are temporarily lifted
  5. When I work (two afternoons a week) or we have a date night, the babysitter can have unlimited use of the iPad.  Usually this will only be a little over his daily allotment of 1 hr.

So how did our week pan out?

We started off strong but Continue reading Electronic Media Accountability Week of 10-19-14

Work Hard, Play Hard: Run with the Wind

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Great for windy fall days!

How to:

Get an old sheet and tie it on your child.  Then see how fast they can run!

Inspiration:

On blustery days it seems like you could just fly away.

Work Hard, Play Hard: Climb a Tree

Work Hard, Play Hard: Climb a Tree

Why Climb a Tree?

Climbing a tree is AWESOME for developing the proprioception sense in children.  Did you know there are actually 7 senses?  We were totally lied to in preschool LOL.  Read all about the 7 senses and sensory integration disorder here.

WHAT DOES PROPRIOCEPTION MEAN?
“When children move and play, their muscles stretch and Continue reading Work Hard, Play Hard: Climb a Tree

Work Hard, Play Hard: Flashlight Walks

Work Hard, Play Hard Flashlight Walks

How To:

After dinner, give all the kids a flashlight plus deck out the stroller, clothes, etc with blinking lights.  Make sure you will be seen!  We picked up a bunch of blinking LED lights Continue reading Work Hard, Play Hard: Flashlight Walks

Day 9: Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapy

This is Day 9 in the series: 31 days on Living with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder: What We Have Tried, What Has Worked, What Hasn’t Worked, and Never Giving Up.

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Shortly after turning 3 Mr Rockstar started occupational therapy (OT).  If you are like me I didn’t know much about OT until Mr Rockstar started going.  Starting OT kinda freaked me out but it turned out to be one of the best things we have done.  Some examples of tricks we have learned:

  • If Mr Rockstar is gagging on a particular food, the OT recommends he play with a similar texture to first get used to the texture.
  • If he hates having his teeth brushed, the OT recommends I massage around his lips, nose and chin and then hold him in a tight hug with one arm while brushing their teeth.  This all helps desensitize the area.
  • If he is playing to rough or is lacking in focus, the OT recommends some heavy work/exercise.

Evaluation for OT

Just like with speech therapy, you have the right to get your child evaluated but the state and if they are found to be behind then the state will provide services either through the public school or through an early intervention program.  The OT evaluation is pretty straightforward.  Kennedykrieger.org explains an OT evaluation as: “An occupational therapy evaluation will assess a child’s gross motor, fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, handwriting, daily living and sensory processing skills. The use of standardized assessment tools, non-standardized assessment tools, parent interview and clinical observations will be used to assess the child’s performance.”   Continue reading Day 9: Occupational Therapist