To assist with stimulating brain development to aide in a child’s ability to learn while functionally completing daily activities at home and school.
Daily life at home includes eating, dressing, bathing, social skills, homework, and trips out around town. Although these routines appear simple, it can be a complex task for many families. The establishment of routines at home is very important.
Schedules and routines: allows for expectations to be set for the child along with aiding in transitions from one activity at home to another to decrease behavioral outburst.
Timers: The use of timers are very important to prepare the child 5 minutes prior to the next activity for the home schedule. Always discuss trips to the store, doctor, restaurant, or family member’s home the day before to allow the child to prepare for change on the upcoming day.
Picture Schedulers: During homework, use a picture schedule to check off school items.
Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies Charts: this allows them to earn points during the homework process. The use of timers and frequent breaks (every 10 minutes for active children, 30 minutes for those who can focus longer). Refer to the timers as “work timers”, “focus timer”, “break timer”, “no-talk timers” or “activity completion timers” so that specific purposes are accomplished.
Picky Eaters: This is due to how the nerves are processing information received by the brain. The mouth sometimes should be desensitized for hyper-responsive children who do not like textures, and other times the mouth needs more input to help the brain recognize sensations for a hypo-responsive mouth. When children are sensitive to textures of clothing, sensory brushing is needed to decrease this hyper-sensitive response. Vibration toys and tactile exploration activities will assist too.
Bath Learning Time: a fun artistic expression using supplies and toys. Spend time talking about colors, shapes, counting the toys, and add music to stimulate language. After bath time is an opportunity to provide firm massage to calm the child while music soft slow music is playing.
Social Skills: Bedtime allows for social skill story books to tell them how well they followed instructions, listened and worked as a team during the day.
Sensory Supplies: set up a sensory room in your home to maintain calm, attentive, and focus responses daily. Sensory input only last approximately 14 hours and it is very important to provide daily experiences. The calmer the child is; the more information he/she learns.
Organization/Labels: Be sure to label household objects around the home. Ask the child to point to the picture or repeat after you to learn to identify cup, plates, pan, spoons, etc. Ensure that daily items and clothing is placed in a certain drawer/area with a label. Use of color codes are helpful to build independence with task completions.
Social Skills/Feelings: Laminate feels cards to teach the child to identify happy, sad, angry, mad, etc. Also, be sure to teach character traits using visual and posters to set expectations.
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