Learning at home

In-hand manipulation

Today we're looking at fun ways to build strength and dexterity for pencil control. More information on fine motor skills for writing can be found here. A downloadable copy of the OT-inspired booklet on pencil grasp is here. Other ideas for games and activities to boost fine motor coordination and finger strength are here. Other… Continue reading In-hand manipulation

Raising awareness · Shows and conferences

DCD/Dyspraxia

A short report on recent training, some useful links and an infographic interactive factors framework for DCD/dyspraxia

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Simple steps to a tripod pencil grasp

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support handwriting

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Getting ready for writing (2)

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support placement and positioning for writing

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Getting ready for writing

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support children's posture for writing

Early Years · Skills for school

Promoting fine motor skills

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support children's fine mtor skills for writing

Early Years · Skills for school

Building strength for deskwork

A few OT inspired ideas for parents and teachers to support children's developing skills for writing

Mathematics and problem-solving skills

9th day tricks

Support ideas for mathematical development for use at home or at school. As with all my infographics, this one can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely free, but please credit Sarah Gillie - Beacons Unique Originally published to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Download… Continue reading 9th day tricks

Mathematics and problem-solving skills

8th day tricks

Support ideas for mathematical development for use at home or at school. As with all my infographics, this one can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely free, but please credit Sarah Gillie - Beacons Unique Originally published to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Download… Continue reading 8th day tricks

Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Maths made easy

Originally published to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Just a bit of lighthearted support for mathematical development for use at home or at school. As with all my infographics, this one can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely free, but please credit Sarah Gillie… Continue reading Maths made easy

Early Years · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Old fashioned counting rhymes

Reposted to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Just a bit of lighthearted support for mathematical development for use at home or at school. I've written about how number rhymes can support early maths development here. As usual, the infographic can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page.… Continue reading Old fashioned counting rhymes

Mathematics and problem-solving skills

12 ideas for a 100 square

Originally published to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Just a bit of lighthearted support for mathematical development for use at home or at school. There's a downloadable 100 square here. As with all my infographics, this one can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely… Continue reading 12 ideas for a 100 square

Mathematics and problem-solving skills

When numbers don’t add up

There seem to be two camps for maths: those who can't stand it, and those who can't understand why it's not as easy as 1-2-3...

Raising awareness

Awareness and understanding

For many countries in the northern hemisphere, the new academic year begins around the start of September. Children return to school, excited to see their friends. Teachers are looking forward to getting to know their students, finding out what motivates each one, and seeing the excitement of learning. For some parents it can be a… Continue reading Awareness and understanding

Early Years

Why does he do that?

via Daily Prompt: Sympathy Sometimes, a parent will quietly ask their child's class teacher or another parent if what they see in their child is 'normal'. Other times, a teacher might ask their student's previous teacher whether a particular conduct or difficulty is typical for that chid, or they might seek the advice of a… Continue reading Why does he do that?

Executive Function · Language and literacy skills · Raising awareness

5 ideas for an inclusive classroom

An infographic of strategies to make classrooms more supportive of all students

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Pencil Grasp Story Booklet

A free downloadable and editable booklet to support pencil control

Executive Function

Supporting EF with displays and visual prompts

Posters and visual timetables can be very useful both in the classroom and at home, particularly for students with learning differences. The key is to teach learners how to use them.

Executive Function

Homework

Homework is an acknowledged area of challenge for students with learning difficulties, not least because of the demands on executive function.

Executive Function · Skills for school

Classroom Survival

Ideas for parents to share with teachers, and for teachers to test for themselves.