Monday, November 2, 2015

Global Paradigm School Staff Participate in Sensory Strategies to Enhance Classroom Learning Workshop

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Global Paradigm School and presenting a workshop for the elementary staff. The focus was about sensory processing, identifying red flags of children with sensory processing dysfunction, and strategies for the classroom.

It is important for educators to know that everyone has sensory preferences. As adults, we all seek out different sensory stimuli to make us "feel alright." Some of us chew gum, drink coffee or doodle on paper during meetings and while on the phone. Some of us eat crunchy snacks to make us more alert when staying up late. Some of us prefer tight clothes to make us feel more comfortable and some of us are bothered by the tags in our shirts and pants. Some of us cannot stand noisy environments, like the shopping centers on a Thursday and Friday night and some of us do not mind.

Children are no different.

Some children have sensory preferences and can function alright throughout the day. However, some children have dysfunction in how they process sensory information and need assistance to "feel alright."

Red Flags of Sensory Dysfunction:

The teachers were instructed on the importance of classroom strategies, such as proper seating posture, using carpet squares for circle time boundaries, using quiet areas, using fidget toys to focus and movement breaks.

Children need to MOVE! Many studies show that children learn better when provided movement during an educational task. Movement can be integrated into such topics as spelling by clapping hands or stomping feet for each syllable. Movement can be incorporated into math by jumping rope and completing mental math at the same time. There are endless ways to adapt a lesson.


Thanks to all who participated,


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Friday, October 30, 2015

First American Curriculum Preschool Opens in Tanta, Egypt

I was recently invited to speak about occupational therapy and child development at the opening of Capital Schools in Tanta, Egypt. I spoke about pediatric OT in regards to our educational background, evaluation and treatment services and how we can support a child's sensory motor skill development within the school system. I also spoke about the importance of the preschool years being the foundation to build a child's language skills, pre-reading skills, pre-writing skills, social skills, sensory and motor skill development etc. Parenting tips were provided on how to support their children through the educational years.

Although the area has "nurseries", Capital Schools will be the first in the Delta region to have a preschool following an American curriculum. The preschool is opening this academic year and then the elementary and high school will follow in the next stage of development.

I was actually very surprised that Tanta did not have preschools. So, this was a very nice opportunity for me to visit and learn more about a city outside of Cairo!

I am wishing the children, parents and school staff much success this new year!

All the best,

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Parent Lecture on the Importance of Play and Routine for Children.

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at Windrose Academy. The audience were parents and the topic was the Importance of Play and Routine for Children. Windrose Academy supports parent education by providing frequent workshops on various educational and parenting topics. Parents were very welcoming and presented many relevant questions regarding the topics.

In regards to play and routine, play helps children learn about the world in which they live. They can investigate and discover, test their theories, test spatial relationships, explore cause and effect, learn problem solving skills, build their motor skills, build self esteem, build social skills and family values. That is the importance of play, that there's virtually no area of life in which it cannot teach your child something. 

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” –  Fred Rogers

We often do not think so, but children crave routine! Routine has many benefits for children, such as influencing a child’s emotional, cognitive, and social development, helping children feel secure and comfortable, helping children understand the expectations of the environment, helping to reduce the frequency of behavior problems (e.g., tantrums) and influencing child engagement in activities.

Parent Tips:

  • Observe your child play and learn about their skills and interests.
  • Follow your child's lead when he plays. If he is building a city, build a building alongside of his.
  • Limit toys that provide too many electronic features. The less a toy can do the more fun a child has using her imagination.
  • Be consistent.
  • Use visual schedules for young children.

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