Sunday, March 17, 2013

Homeschooling with Sensory Processing Disorder

I have had the privilege of being able to watch some talented OTs work with my 6 yr. old son, and have learned alot from them about how to help him adjust to his surroundings and maximize his potential during school seatwork time. I wanted to share what we do with him (I say we, b/c when you homeschool, everyone's involved) on a daily basis. I would not do all of the following in one day, I took these pictures over a period of several school days.

There are different types of SPD, and you can learn more about it in the blog I wrote here. Between the 2 OTs my son has worked with they both discovered he required a great deal of heavy work and stimulation to be "grounded" in order to sit down and focus on a task, especially one that requires coordination and dexterity. Here are some of the things we do.

Homeschooling with Sensory Processing Disorder
Tug-of-war with a towel

Homeschooling With Sensory Processing Disorder
Climbing up and down the stairs on all fours

Homeschooling With Sensory Processing Disorder
Pushing furniture from one side of the room to the other

Homeschooling with Sensory Processing Disorder
Swinging

Swinging with an added sibling for weight. :) Don't worry, this part only lasted a moment.

Homeschooling with Sensory Processing Disorder
"Wheel barrow" walking

Oh how I love this shot. "sandwiching". Can't you tell how much he is enjoying it? (on the bottom) And don't you love how I am the only one posing for the picture?

 The after "sandwiching" shot
Homeschooling with Sensory Processing Disorder
Another sandwiching shot, without me (phew!) He's in the red shirt

As for seatwork, there are 2 things I wanted to share. 

When my son's current OT started working with him this year, we could not figure out a good grip for him to get a proper grasp on the pencil when writing. Because of his challenges, he was very shaky, unable to control his lines. Then she recommended this grip. In my layman terms, she said it might be better because the pencil was lined up with his middle finger, which allowed a direct connection to his neuro-receptors. I think I explained it roughly the way she did : /. All I know is, it worked like a charm!



Here's one activity to improve dexterity with fingers, easy to put together. Just a box and some clothespins. I numbered them and asked him to put them on and take them off one at a time in order.
Homeschooling with Sensory Processing Disorder

You might ask, why go to all this trouble? What good will it do? Does it really make a difference?

Last year, this time, he was barely able to make shapes. Maybe a deformed circle. Not much more than that. And then the other day, he drew his first stickman in his math book.
 Is that not the cutest stickman you have ever SEEN?! I think he is wearing boxing gloves. Not a big deal for an ordinary six yr. old. But for him, a momentous occassion. 

  

Friday, March 15, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday


Guess what we did today?
1.
A little of this....
7 Quick takes Friday, Homeschooling

2.
and this....
7 Quick takes Friday, homeschooling

3.
and this....

4.
and this...
5.
a lot of this...

6.
But not alot of this...

7.
or this...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

1.
I come out this morning and get lots of "Hey Mom!"s. Little Guy is filling up a cup of water and says, "Hey mom, I'm just getting a cup of water. That's what this house is for. Water. Food. Protection." #101conversationswiththeLittleGuy
2.
The one joke repeated by my kids today that made me laugh a little? (from Garfield) "Arlene: Garfield, do you love me more than food? Garfield: Do chickens have lips? Arlene: No. Garfield: Bingo."But PLEASE don't tell my children. Otherwise I will hear this scenario repeated over and over again until I want to vomit, Garfield. Thanks.
3.
This is the Queen's doll family out for a drive. I am thinking they are at full capacity. Might be some safety hazards there. Just sayin'. 
4.
You wanna know what defeat feels like? When you have just finished doing all the boys laundry and you go upstairs and see this. 
5.
Wanna know what makes me feel better? These pretty pencils I found at Michael's. I would tell you I got them for the girls but I would be lying. If I could I would decorate a whole room around these. Would you think me crazy if I told you I bought some clothespins to match? Who buys pretty clothespins?!!!  Apparently I do. 
6.
Wanna know what really makes me feel better?
Walking in my room and seeing this face again.
7.
I had a moment today. Sometimes, when you homeschool, you doubt yourself. alot. "Is this what we are supposed to be doing?" you ask yourself sometimes. I looked out the window while the kids were playing. All five of them were playing a game together. It was such a beautiful day, and a beautiful picture. The five of them, absolutely having a blast together, being at home together, playing outside. They were at the moment cheering Angel Boy on as he threw the ball. And I had a flash forward, if there is such a word, that when they all grow up, they will still be really close, and they will be there for each other, through the joys and trials in their lives. They will remind each other of the things they learned together, the important things. And I felt completely satisfied and full of joy at what I saw. 


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