Welcome to a spot to share ideas for working with students in exceptional education in public schools.
Please describe activities you've successfully used with students to improve fine motor and self-help skills.
Creative classroom adaptations for sensory-based and ergonomic needs are sought. Technology applications, low and high tech, are appreciated.
Above all--be positive and professional in sharing your experiences and ideas. Thanks.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Finger Warm Ups
Many elementary school students seem a little confused when they are asked to attach paperclips to sets of class papers or clip their homework together. It's easy to show them the two "smiles" in the paperclips and remind them that one "smile" goes in front of the paper and the other smile goes behind.
If you're working with a student who doesn't mind being silly, invent names for the groups of different color paperclips--the "Peppermints," the "Bumblebees," and so on. Ask the student to sort the paperclips into groups/families and then slide them onto different sides of the "table."
Now, the student is better at using a typical classroom "tool" and their fingers are warmed up for other fine motor activities at school.