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Top Tips

Pencils

Websites with useful ideas for Occupational Therapy:

Your therapy source: Lots of activities and games to try for handwriting, fine motor skills, visual perception, sensory motor and self-regulation, and life skills. Downloadable content and links to extra information. www.yourtherapysource.com

Recycling OT: lots of different posts that have some helpful ideas such as hand exercises, games and ideas for fine motor skills, handwriting, organising etc.  http://recyclingot.blogspot.co.uk/

Mama OT Blog: A helpful site that gives tips and tricks for parents and carers on independence skills. http://mamaot.com/

Box of Ideas: a website that boasts 1000s of ideas, guidance and information for early years to employment, such as practical skills and ideas to try for home and school.  http://www.boxofideas.org/

The OT Tool Box, some good sensory Self-Regulation ideas: https://www.theottoolbox.com/tag/self-regulation/

Kids Independently Developing Skills (KIDS): https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/KIDS

 

Occupational Therapy Advice Information Leaflets.

Please click on the links below to view advice sheets in the following areas, if you have any trouble accessing the documents, please contact us and we'd be happy to help:

School Top Tips

Handwriting:

Sometimes writing can be difficult to read. Some children may struggle with pencil control, pressure and fluency; letter sizing and reversals, some ideas for these areas are included in this leaflet: Top Tips for Messy Handwriting

Handwriting can be slow for many different reasons, poor letter formation, difficulty copying from the board, or hands getting tired when writing. Some children may have 'bendy' finger joints. This means they can become tired or their hands may ache when writing large amounts of text. Some ideas to help with slower handwriting are included here:  Top Tips for Slow Handwriting

Some useful websites to help with developing handwriting skills include:

Teach Handwriting: http://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/index.html

National Handwriting Association: http://www.nha-handwriting.org.uk/

Scissor Skills:

Top Tips for Scissor Use

Gross Motor Skills:

Postural control exercises

Developing Gross motor skills at school for children in Key Stage 1

Developing Gross motor skills at school for children in Key Stage 2

Organisation at home and school:

Being Organised

 

Self Care Skills

Feeding: Please have a look at our information leaflet that addresses cutlery ideas and managing picky eating: Feeding Leaflet

Cutlery: Please watch this short video on our recommendations for how to help develop cutlery skills, using your knife and fork together in play and moving onto food. It talks about the best cutlery to use for your child when devloping this skill. Cutlery Top Tips video.

Getting Dressed: Please have a look at our information leaflet that addresses the skills you can practice to help develop dressing skills. Getting Dressed Leaflet

Socks: Please watch this short video on our recommendations for how to make dressing socks easier and progressing this skill for your child. Socks Top Tips Video

Buttons and Fastenings: Please have a look at our information leaflet that gives some ideas on how to manage buttons and other fastenings when dressing. Managing buttons and fastenings Leaflet

Shoelaces: Please watch this short video on our recommendations for developing shoe lace tying. Shoelace Top Tips Video

Hair, Teeth and Nail Care: Please have a look at our information leaflet that gives some ideas on how to help manage hair/teeth brushing and hair/nail cutting. Hair, Teeth and Nails Leaflet

Toileting: Please have a look at our information leaflet to help give you some ideas on managing issues related to toileting. Toileting Leaflet

Play

Developing Gross motor skills at home for children in Key Stage 1

Developing Gross motor skills at home for children in Key Stage 2

Developing Gross motor skills for children over 11

Sensory Top Tips

Activities to Encourage Sensory Play
Adding More Sensory into Everyday
Approaching Eating Difficulties
Tactile Experiences
Treasure Baskets

Managing Noises

 

Sleep:

Sleep ideas

 

Specialist Links:

Fun and Games: Fun activities for children with hemiplegia. You will need to fill in the form to get access to this great resource. 'Fun n Games'

"Great ideas to help with homework ideas"

"I was helped to do things better" (child)