Check out these short videos with summer activities you can try at home. These fun summer activities support and promote therapy goals for fine motor, gross motor and sensory skills and focus on the F-words for Child Development: Fun, Friends, Family, Fitness, Function and Future.
Did you know you can play a game of giant tic-tac-toe while social distancing?
Join Sheryl Donaldson, Occupational Therapist (OT) from Closing the Gap, as she shows families how to use common household items to create a giant tic-tac-toe that is adaptable for many ages and skill levels. Have fun with your friends (socially distanced) and family while working on developing some function.
Chalk Movement Pathway
Using only chalk and a sidewalk or driveway, you can create a ‘movement pathway’. Sheryl suggests this activity as a fun way to work on gross and fine motor skills with or without a mobility device. Do you use a power wheelchair? Cool! Have fun driving on the movement pathway and master your driving skills. This activity is great for fitness,incorporates many functional skills and most of all, lots of fun!
Giant Roll-A-Dice Game
It’s easy to make a homemade giant roll-a-dice game! Kym Thomas, OT from Closing the Gap shares some great ideas to practice animal walks and body poses while playing with the giant roll-a-dice game. This game is great for kids of all ages and abilities to build muscles and increase body awareness. Families will enjoy playing this game while developing function and fitness.
Weighted Ball Games
Playing with a ball is fun, but playing with a weighted ball is even better! Kym says that it helps to build muscles and increase body awareness. It also helps calm and regulate the central nervous system for improved function and behaviour. You can play this fun game with your family or friends to develop function and fitness.
Look for more videos coming this fall from our CTN local team faciliators! If you have a suggestion for a topic or activity you would like to learn more about, please email email@example.com.
Markham Public Library - Elementary School Learning & Academic Success (Part 1) - Online
This 2 part workshop will:
Look at what essential skills are needed for academic learning and independence at school.
We will explore strategies aiming to improve literacy/academic learning, advanced language proficiency, social-emotional development, and teamwork competence.
Learning Disabilities Association of York - Reading Rocks - Online
Reading Rocks is an intervention approach that uses motivational tactics to engage children in the reading process. These tactics are designed to actively engage children in their own learning. The motivation tactics are engaged through the use of instructional workstations that tutors design and tailor to each child’s needs.
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