Understanding the Differences Between Positive and Negative Reinforcement - Parents often use both reinforcement and punishment as tools to modify their children's behavior or to help when working to improve their developmental skills, like sensory processing or fine motor skills. The main purpose of both negative and positive reinforcement is to boost the rate of specific behavior, but they have various differences and similarities.  When you introduce the "reinforcement" Continue Reading
10 Common Objects to Help Your Child with Fine Motor Skills - Children develop fine motor skills at various rates. However, if your child is struggling with fine motor skills, they could have difficulties using their fingertips to move objects, grasping pencils or utensils and using scissors and other tools. Tying shoelaces could be a problem as well. If you want to help your child develop their fine motor skills, try incorporating Continue Reading
6 Tips to Help Manage Your Hyperactive Child’s Cabin Fever during COVID-19 - While it can be a lot of fun to spend time with your child (or children) when they're home, it can also be tiring. This is particularly true when you have a hyperactive child and limitations of what you can do outdoors - especially in light of the COVID-19 social distancing requirements. If you're concerned your child will become restless Continue Reading
Keyboard Modifications to Help Children with Typing Skills - While schools are already integrating computers into their classroom curriculum and many teachers are doing a fine job teaching their students how to type effectively, many schools don't still don't consider ways to enhance their students' typing skills. If your child is going to use the keyboard as a practical supplement or alternative to their handwriting skills at school and Continue Reading
5 Fun Ways to Practice Handwriting This Spring - You want your child to practice handwriting. As difficult as it may be to find the time, handwriting practice is beneficial for various reasons. It helps strengthen fine motor skills and cognitive skills. It helps build up your child's confidence down the road in their creative writing abilities.  When you have your child spend less time focusing on letter neatness Continue Reading
Dyspraxia: Explained - Dyspraxia or also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is a condition that affects physical coordination and the ability to process motor tasks. If your child has dyspraxia, it could cause them to not perform as well as you'd expect in day-to-day activities for their age. They may also seem to move clumsily. It can also affect their handwriting and fine Continue Reading
What Is Spatial Awareness and How to Help Your Child Develop It? - Visual perception skills allow your brain to make sense of what your eyes are looking at. It develops as children interact with the objects and people around them in increasingly complex ways. When your child can develop the skills to understand and express spatial skills, it's the first step in them understanding spatial awareness and ability like: Body awareness Visual Continue Reading
What are Adaptive Crayons and How They Can Help Children with Sensory Processing Issues - All people have the inherent right to an education. And, all people no matter what their physical abilities and cognitive level, including children with sensory processing issues, have the right to participate in and experience educational activities in the same manner as their peers. It's the job of professionals through pediatric occupational therapy and school working with these kids to Continue Reading
What You Should Know About Echolalia - Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may not only have trouble with fine motor skills, but they might even have the habit of echolalia. Echolalia is the act of copying what you've heard. Your child might copy words immediately after they hear them or they may use it later on after remembering something they previously heard. While some children don't Continue Reading
Activities for Isolating Finger Movements - Finger isolation is where your child can move each finger one at a time. Babies move their fingers all at the same time, however, as they develop, they start learning how to move each finger individually. Isolating finger movements is essential in the development of fine motor skills. Having this ability contributes to efficient typing on a keyboard, grasping a Continue Reading