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SOTH'S Top Tips for Back to School

  • You especially want to give their eyes a rest from looking at things close-up. Try playing I Spy or doing a treasure hunt outside to give them a chance to scan the environment/look at things farther away.

  • If it is a computer-based activity in the class, mix up the day by doing some activities on the floor or in a bean bag to get away from the desk for a bit!

  • Learning in different physical positions and spaces can actually help increase focus and attention!

  • Work in different forms of sensory input before a time period of having to sit and focus (crashing, jumping, swinging, animal walks, upside-down play).

  • Collaborate with your child to identify a strategy or two that they can use during times of frustration, anxiety, or if they get the fidgets from sitting for too long (i.e- deep breaths, tracing lazy 8's, hand stretches, shoulder shrugs, chewing gum, give self-hug, etc.)

  • Chewy, crunchy, and resistive snacks are a great tool to help increase arousal and focus during the school day! Great examples are pretzel rods, licorice sticks, chewing gum

  • Communicate with the teacher! Virtual learning is already confusing enough. Parents should know the teacher's expectations so they can help the kids understand those expectations too. Those expectations may vary from teacher to teacher.

  • Making sure to create a fun space for them to complete their online school. As we all know a nice cozy, fun inspiring space makes doing work so much better!

  • Remember the 3 P’s for Successful Handwriting: PENCIL PAPER POSTURE.

  • Posture: Setting up your child’s workstation is key. Ensure their desk not too high and their feet are stabilized. Shoot for a 90-degree angle at the knees and ankles with forearms resting comfortably on desk.

  • Paper: Paper tilted 45 degrees.

  • Posture: Support your child to use a comfortable grasp on their writing utensil.

  • Start your child’s day with some movement (animal walks, log rolls, yoga, bilateral coordination movements) that will help wake up the body and brain before learning begins.ith forearms resting comfortably on the desk.lighting, keeping favorite toys away from their desk, have their desk clutter-free)

  • Start your school day at the same time each day! Predictability and routines are crucial.

  • Start your child’s day with some movement (animal walks, log rolls, yoga, bilateral coordination movements) will help wake up the body and brain before learning begins.

  • Start your child’s day with some movement (animal walks, log rolls, yoga, bilateral coordination movements) that will help wake up the body and brain before learning begins, problem solve, etc.

  • Posture: Setting up your child’s workstation is key. Ensure their desk not too high and their feet are stabilized. Shoot for a 90-degree angle at the knees and ankles with forearms resting comfortably on the desk.

  • If your child gets breaks throughout the day, have the breaks be off-screen - screen burn out is real! While the ease of virtual apps and kids gaming sites for brain breaks is alluring, this will increase their fatigue in the long run!

Need inspiration for sensory breaks? Check out Ms. Courtney's favorite animal walks!

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