Friday, 7 October 2011

Cheese an autistic Motor skill toy review #specialsaturday

Young children on the autism spectrum often have difficulty developing the fine-motor skills that lead to eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination and eventually reading and writing. Distractability and a preference to seek out movement and other sensory experiences often impact a child’s ability to sit and learn basic skills such as fitting shapes through openings and placing pegs inside holes.Teachers and therapists can create environments and adapt activities to help children develop these critical skills.

Helping kids with autism develop fine-motor skills begins with creating a work environment as distraction-free as possible. A child may benefit from wearing head phones to block out sounds. Seat the child facing a wall or partition with little visual clutter and nothing to touch except the activity you are teaching. Experiment with different types of seat cushions or sitting on a therapy ball with legs (so that it won’t roll). These enable the child to have some movement while seated. The child might also benefit from working in alternative positions such as reclining in a bean bag, sitting in a rocking chair or kneeling at the table.

That's why I love toys like this piece of cheese  it is a playful,wooden mouse with a tail long enough to wind through a wedge of cheese. It takes autistic children and young children on a journey of discovery. Weaving in and out through the maze of holes reinforces fine motor skills and hand eye coordination in a fun and educational way.

Disclosure ( I was sent this by toy-joy to review )

1 comment:

  1. I know several children who would benefit from this wonderful toy


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