The following are Suggestions / Recommendations to be used in the school / home environment to focus on Improving Handwriting, Listening Skills and Communication:
- Play game “Listen Carefully”- One player verbally describes what he is drawing and the other player listens carefully to these instructions and tries to recreate the same drawing. The describer may not use gestures or “draw” the items in the air. Put up a barrier between the players so they cannot see each other’s drawings. To make more challenging use different colored pencils and describe your drawing with color words.
- Play game “Tongue Tied”- In this game all conversation must be written on paper, not talking aloud. Write a writing prompt on top of the paper, (ie.- “Where should we go on our next family vacation?”) Have your child respond to you in writing. Continue the conversation back and forth by you writing a sentence (modeling good legibility) and then your child responding in writing.
- “Newspaper Retouch”- Take an old newspaper and let your child use a black pen to “retouch” the photos of people. Allow them to be creative by adding a moustache, glasses, wild hair, etc.
- Window Tracing- During daylight hours, tape a drawing or picture to a window in your home. Next, tape a white sheet of paper over the picture and encourage your child to try and trace the image.
- Scrapbooking- Encourage your child’s interests by helping him create a scrapbook that highlights his family or activities he enjoys. Help collect photos, cut or rip magazine pictures, drawing and newspaper clippings related to his topic of interest. Paste the photos in a loose leaf binder or photo album. Then your child can write captions to go with each picture, in a designated area (cut a piece of narrow ruled paper in sections).
- Roll and Write- Alternate turns with your child rolling a pair of dice. The combined quantity on the dice in the number of words (or sentences) you must add to a story you will write along with your child. (exp.- if you roll a six, you may start the story this way: “Once upon a time, a weird………,” then your child can roll the dice and add to the story at the point where you left off.
To address fine motor control and spatial boundaries:
· Use wikki stix / play dough on outside of a shape as a defined boundary he/she can feel. Tell them when they color they have to color with even strokes, inside the wikki stix / playdough.
· Work on controlling pencil and using eyes to coordinate movements by doing Mazes, and Crossword puzzles.
· Obtain a child’s drawing book from local library or school store. Have them follow step by step, drawing simple shapes to form more complex designs.
Some suggestions taken from Bright and Beyond, Quick and Creative Idea Cards, 2004 Pal Toys, LLC.