Posted by BLuborsky in Articles on Mon, Mar 26, 2012
As spring approaches, more outdoor activities are available to our kids.
Did you know that having your child walk backwards may help him understand subtraction better? So, when you do get outside, make sure your child has opportunities for moving backwards. For a toddler, you can encourage this by giving him a pull-toy! For older kids, games of follow the leader, climbing over A-frame ladder or play equipment, can facilitate backward movement.
When it rains and you need to be indoors to play, promote bimanual skill by using an old-fashioned egg beater with a handle and a crank to have your child beat water and dish soap into a foamy froth. Add food colors to increase the length of the activity which helps build endurance and strength. Another way to promote coordinated 2-handed skills is to have your child practice carrying a ball on a tray. To increase the challenge, have her walk on a line while holding the tray.
It can be fun to help your child improve oral motor skills. The more playful you can make it and the more like a game it is, the easier it will be to get your child involved and trying things. Try playing with your child in front of the mirror making faces and...
About Barbara Luborsky
Barbara Luborsky, OTR/L, has worked with children of all ages with various diagnoses including: autism/PDD, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, and sensory processing deficits. She has worked in the D.C. Public Schools (Evaluation Specialist), The Treatment and Learning Centers/ Katherine Thomas School (Senior O.T.), and Frederick County Infants and Toddler's Program. Barbara has attended continuing education seminars on topics including REI, Sensory Integration, Ergonomics, Family-Centered care, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, and NDT Treatment of the Baby. In addition to her pediatric practice, Barbara provides consultative services to various agencies in the region serving adults with developmental disabilities. She is currently working on publication of several parent resource tools. These include a video about facilitating development of hand skills in children, and Power Point presentations about various diagnoses designed to help families share information about their child with family and schoolmates.