Special needs children: 5 ways to help their physical literacy flourish Guest Post Jennifer Pinarski…
Quick in-home therapy solutions to help a child falling behind
This article provides helpful therapy solutions and activities to help kids learn and grow. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. Today’s post is sponsored by Vitalxchange. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
It’s that time of year again when school is back in session and kids are officially back into their routine. As they become familiar with classmates and teachers, they are finally settled in and with that, comes homework. As worksheets, projects and assignments start rolling in, this is when we start noticing an interesting development.
The phone starts ringing off the hook!
Parents begin calling, emailing and texting saying, “My child is already behind,” “the teacher says my child won’t sit still in class,” “Do you have a center in my area?” “I wish I could bring my child in to your center for an evaluation,” “Do you have therapy solutions that can help?” or “What centers in my area do what you do?”
Before you get carried away, don’t panic. You may not be close to us, but we have some great in-home therapy options that can get you started and on the right track to help your child.
These suggestions will not only help kick-start your child’s learning readiness, they will also help you determine if more help is needed and where they may be falling behind.
We want you to feel confident in your child’s learning ability and provide them with the necessary tools to reach their fullest academic potential.
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Because so many people ask us where they can find centers that do what we do in their area, it’s been a dream of ours to set-up a one-stop-shop of therapists, educators and professionals for parents to choose from. Who would have thought there was already one out there?!
We are really excited about the amazing new Vitalxchange platform that is your one-stop-shop to get your child started on a better learning path. It’s a great place for you to get support from other parents and to find therapists around the world at your fingertips.
Vitalxchange has many qualified VitalGuides (highly experienced experts) on the platform to identify, guide or provide therapy for your child. You can also ask for evaluations, in-home exercises and recommendations or suggestions on their overall learning growth.
The best part…
When using Vitalxchange, you can find VitalGuides right in your area or you can find a professional that truly fits your child’s personality and individual needs from anywhere in the world. This option is especially great for kids with special needs, kids who are homeschooled or children who excel in learning from their own home.
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Crossing the Midline Activities
These crossing the midline activities can really help you determine if there is a breakdown with your child’s overall learning development. Midline activities let you know if the body and the brain are working together for higher learning. If your child can’t cross the midline, it could be why you are seeing gaps in learning or gaps in your child’s foundational development.
If that’s the case, try these activities at home before or after school to help prep the brain for the classroom.
Awaken your child’s brain each morning with some much-needed Brain Gym® exercises. Just like our body needs to be warmed-up when we go to the gym, our brain also needs to warm up before it can learn. Performing Brain Gym® exercises regularly can awaken the mind and body for learning readiness. It also aids your child’s ability to attend and focus in the classroom, calms big emotions, and can help with critical thinking and problem solving.
Balance and Coordination Activities
Adding balance and coordination activities to your child or student’s weekly routine can help them attend and focus in the classroom. It’s probably one of the biggest issues teachers see in their students. If your child is constantly out of their chair, can’t follow directions, or if they are often distracted, balance and coordination activities can support those areas of development.
Spatial Awareness Activities
If your child or students’ struggle to write letters, words or paragraphs, check out these spatial awareness activities. Children who aren’t aware of where their body is in the “space” around them, may also have trouble with handwriting development. Kids who have poor spatial awareness may write their letters backward, can’t space letters or words properly and they often write on the diagonal instead of straight across. These are all signs pointing to the need for more spatial awareness development.
These ideas are all perfect for in-home therapy or for supporting your child’s therapist during their weekly sessions. If you are a therapist, recommend these links to the families in your caseload for better results in the upcoming school year!
Integrated Learning Strategies is a Utah-based center dedicated to helping mainstream children and children with learning challenges achieve academic success. Our services provide kids with non-traditional tutoring programs within the Davis County, Kaysville, Layton, Syracuse, Farmington, and Centerville areas. Areas to find Integrated Learning Strategies include: Reading tutors in Kaysville, Math tutors in Kaysville, Common Core Tutors in Kaysville, Tutors in Utah, Utah Tutoring Programs