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OT Mom Activity Updates - March 2017
March 20, 2017

March 2017

Switching Hands?

Is your child switching hands? Many kids switch hands in their younger years as they explore their world and try to figure out which hand serves them best. But we do want kids to have established a definite hand preference by the time they begin formal schooling.

I sometimes get questions from parents who want to know what the big deal is about getting their child to use just one hand – after all, isn’t it cool to be ambidextrous?

My new page answers that question from an OT point of view – so pop on over and read it:

Is it OK for my child to be ambidextrous?

Please feel free to share the page with any parents who are concerned about their child switching hands.

Indoor Gross Motor Activities

I follow a few blogs - most of them are from bloggers in the northern hemisphere, and by the sounds of it, there are a lot of kids stuck indoors during cold and rainy weather!

By contrast, those of us in the hotter regions of the southern hemisphere have been keeping our kids indoors out of the sun in the hottest part of the day.

So I thought it would be a good idea to call out an older page that contains some gross motor exercises that you can do in the classroom, or in your home when your kids can’t get outside to burn off energy.

It’s not just about burning off energy, though – movement can also help kids to focus on learning.

In my page of Gross Motor Exercises for the Classroom, I explain how movement that targets the vestibular system in the inner ears can be particularly helpful, and you can find some useful examples there!

We are in the middle of some long-awaited building extensions, so my own homeschooled kids are cooped up indoors while the builders hammer away outside the house. Makes for some very antsy kids and an antsy mom!

We are blessed with a little hallway though, so my favourite go-to is to get my kids to crabwalk up and down the hallway, or I ask them to leopard crawl around the coffee table in the lounge! Stringing up some blankets can make leopard crawling even more fun! Here's an old pic of my son leopard crawling through his "fort".

We also do LOTS of jumping jacks – they have to do 10 every time they drop a pencil, which funnily enough cured the incessant pencil dropping – 50 jumping jacks can be quite tedious LOL!

Thank you!

I just want to say a very big THANK YOU! to everyone who "likes" my pages and shares my site by word of mouth.

It is thrilling to hear from visitors all over the world and to know that parents and teachers are being encouraged and empowered to help kids develop their skills as best as they can. So, thank you for the role you have played in "getting the word out"!

Be blessed as you help the children in your life!

Sincerely, Tracey

Living Life Abundantly! (John 10:10)

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