If summer vacation means that your child has the summer off from Occupational Therapy (or if you just think he/she could use a little work-out for those growing muscles), here are some of my favorite ways to improve grasp and hand strength. Improved hand strength can translate to improved handwriting, better endurance while writing and cutting, and better fine motor and self-care skills.
Is your child experiencing difficulty with self-regulation that is impacting daily life and your child?s ability to participate in age-related activities to their fullest potential? Self-regulation is a person?s ability to maintain their arousal level and a level of alertness that is appropriate for the demands of the environment, and is critical to a child?s learning and development. Children and adults use various sensory-based strategies and techniques in order to participate in social activities, daily living activities, and other age appropriate activities.
There are two ?hidden? senses most people never even think about, the vestibular sense and the proprioceptive sense. These senses can impact a child?s acquisition of many higher-level skills as they mature.
As a new parent to an 9-month old boy, I busy myself reading child development books and checking online resources, to assure myself that he is meeting his developmental milestones each month. While we are playing and having fun, I am assessing his emerging gross and fine motor skills, listening to his burgeoning language, and marveling at his cognitive gains.