Avoid Left-Right Confusion with Bi-Color Shoelaces

Bi-Color Shoelaces helps to easily distinguish one lace from the other. Now give directions using colors instead of Left or Right lace which is confusing! I still get confused!

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Visual Warm-Ups to Improve Reading Skills

One of the first requirements of reading is the actual use of the eyes and coordination of the muscles. Just as you do warm-ups and stretches before exercising, do some exercises with the eyes before reading. Eyes are controlled by muscles. These can be strengthen and trained to work more efficiently.

A. "Look to the extremes":   Up, Down; Left; Right; Top to bottom centered; then top to bottom on the right; Top to bottom on the Left; Bottom to top on the right; Bottom to top on the left; Quickly look from top left to bottom right (diagonal); Top Right to bottom left; Bottom right to top left; Bottom left to top right (diagonal)

B. "Eyes Jumps": Focus on an object about 10' away, then quickly shift to an object much closer but within the same visual pane; (ie the clock on the wall then the back of the students head in front of you) go back and forth several times. Then from a far object to a near object on a different visual plane (ie from the clock again to your hand on the desk) -No head tilting allowed only eye movements!

Feeling warmed up yet?

C. Visual Scanning Exercise: this is another way to get those eyes moving and ready to read.

1. Find each letter in alphabetical order that are randomly placed in circle.

2. Find the letters or numbers in the order listed. Place the circle search page next to the "look up" page on the desk to practice side by side scanning. This keeps the eyes in the same visual plane.

3. Find the letters on numbers in the order listed. Place the circle search page vertically several feet away (tape to a wall or chalk board). This makes the eyes change planes, going from horizontal to vertical.

Other Things to Consider:
1. Acuity: How are the lens of the eye?  Make sure that there is no farsighted, nearsighted or imbalance effecting vision. Children that have never seen any differently may not know that their vision is not as clear as it should be. Have they ever had an eye exam or when was the last one?

2. Observe the reader carefully. Sit across from the reader rather than next to them. This allows you to watch what the eyes are doing as well as anything else that may be happening. Things to look for: Do they always angle or position the head and eyes in a specific way? Is glare or light sensitivity a problem? Is one eye weaker than the other? Is the head and body held stable while reading?

Actual Case Examples:
- Awhile back I noticed a colleague would consistently cover one eye when writing notes. This continued month after month. He wasn't even aware that he was doing it. A simple eye exam confirmed that one eye had an acuity change. Glasses corrected the problem and alleviated his mysterious daily headaches.

A Great Resource of Activities
- I observed a student in class during reading group that is reported to be "very fidgety and unfocused" She sat with both legs wrapped around the legs of the chair and chewed her necklace while trying to listen to others read. With very little work we were able to swap her chair with another students, so both feet could be firmly on the floor;  placed a square of non-slip material on the chair seat so she did not slide around; and gave her a small squeeze ball to quietly fidget with. This stopped her squirming in an over-sized slippery chair, and gave her something more appropriate to fidget with. It did not transform her into the "ideal student", but did allow her sit for longer periods of time, be slightly more focused and now did not disrupt other students from working.

Other Helpful Tools:
Color Reading Lines

Many people naturally see better when viewing through color tints. A colored strip allows the line to be highlighted while also acting as a guide to help keep your place while reading. Paragraph strips highlight several lines at a time. It allows the eyes to flow from from line to line without needing to re-position the guide for each line.

See 'N Read
The See'n Read provides the best of both. It has a clear cut-out window for the reading line, allowing the natural paper to be seen. It then provides a shaded gray area that highlights the paragraph being read, allowing the eyes to flow to the next line and then the cut out window can be re-positioned as needed.

Simple-Easy Gifts Kids Make; Group Holiday Songs, Gift Ideas

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Easy To Make Gifts For Anyone

Puzzle Piece Art:  You will need an old puzzle and something to glue the puzzle pieces on to.  Paint the pieces or leave them plain then form them in a heart.  "We Love You To Pieces" can be added to your project.  

- Form the pieces in to a design or shape. 

- Use a pair of tweezers or wood tongs to pick up the pieces. 

- Cut puzzle piece shapes out of cardboard. 

- Use your old holiday cards or blank ones to cut a puzzle piece from.

Handprint Menorah: All you need is paper, paint and little hands.  Any relative will love those little menorahs! 




Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer Hands! 


Snowman Family Hand

Holiday Sing-a-longs

The Rudolph Hokey Pokey and Santa is His Name-O are two fun variations of favorite children's songs.  Click on the pictures below to bring you to some fun You Tube videos we've found.  

Click on Rudolph for a fun Rudolph Hokey Pokey!! And put your right hoof in and shake it all about! 

Santa is his Name-O- Click on Santa for this fun sing along song! 

Never the Wrong Size or Color

Gift certificates available in any denomination!  Good for any age and always appreciated.  

Compiled by Lisa Walker OTR 

How to make stencil use more successful

Kids love stencils. They're drawn to them. Stencils offer the promise of creating a picture that really looks like something (something that they could not draw on their own)! But tracing around the edges of a stencil is difficult and often frustrating. So here's a neat trick - place the paper on the wall. Tape it in place for those that need it. Then place the stencil on top and ask the child to color in the stencil. Use crayons or pencils with back and forth movements. For more success, peel the crayon and hold the barrel lengthwise and rub it across the paper.The result is a shaded-in drawing that is easier to do and looks pretty good! You can also tape the stencil in place, if needed, but holding it in place is a great upper extremity workout!  Have fun with this!

Identify Your Sensory Speed With a Self-Odometer

For a lot of kids, verbally communicating how they're feeling, especially when they feel out of control is very difficult. It can be frustrating for both the child and adult and can escalate behaviors even more. So improve communication  with this activity on identifying sensory speed with a self-odometer! 
Visual aides are very helpful for assisting a child and adult when trying to communicate feelings and “energy levels”.  Based on “How Does Your Engine Run”, children compare themselves to cars. Keeping things very simplistic for the child, use 3 “engine speeds” which the child selects as most closely resembling their own current “speed: Too slow, Just Right, or Too Fast.  Make this special internal odometer with your child when he is calm and discuss what each of the speeds feels and means to him. Incorporate pictures like these faces into a drawing of a speed odometer to help illustrate the various speed levels to help reinforce the concepts.
Then work on constructing the odometer with the child so that the child feels a sense of ownership of it once its completed.  (Every child, no matter what the skill level can help construct the odometer in some way, even if its just picking out the colors they want to use).. Here is the directions and pictures to make one for your child...
 at KidsPlaysmarter.com

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