I have an OT student for the next 12 weeks, and I love it. Having a student not only offers new eyes with innovative ideas, but it also makes me question and explain the reasons behind my treatments. We all need that sometimes, to keep the wheels turning.
Anyway, for the next few weeks, I'm really dedicating some time to OT consultation in the classroom. I'll be adding some classroom strategies as I go, so check back often to find some useful tips that your little ones may need/use in their learning environment.
My first is a "Silent Teacher" for my little friend, C. C has trouble with letter memory, letter formation and alignment concepts. Those name tag strips are too visually overstimulating for him, not to mention his tactile seeking side often has him peeling them off his desk more than he utilizes it. What his teacher and I came up with was this laminated "silent teacher". We hang it at the side of his desk and prompt him to take it out for writing tasks. It's more spaced out than those strips, and it is easier for him to scan and utilize. When he's done, he just hangs it back on the side of his desk and it's out of sight, out of mind. Maybe you know a little one who could also use it. The writing lines are highlighted according to "Amanda's House" writing lessons - head on over to the Graphomotor Skills section to read about how I teach handwriting using these cues. Enjoy!