Making sweet music!

Children love music – and these instruments can be made and enjoyed by children with mobility impairments Place the instruments in a spot where the child can access them most easily (eg, fitted to wheelchair lap-trays or taped to children’s wrists). As far as possible let the children help to...

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Crossing the midline

Teaching a child to cross their midline is crucial in developing their handwriting, as well as their reading and hand-eye coordination. Use these fun exercises to improve their bilateral coordination When you hear the term ‘midline’, think about an invisible line drawn from the head to the toes that separates...

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Adapt those assessments

It’s important that all children reach their full potential – so how can teachers assist learners in the classroom? Children, regardless of disability, need to be able to reach their full potential at school. One of a teacher’s responsibilities is to assess a learner’s understanding and knowledge in a particular...

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Board (not Bored!) Games

Playing games helps children discover their abilities and the world around them. Here are some games that can be played and modified to accommodate a range of needs. Board games are important for developing many skills, including number and shape recognition grouping and counting letter recognition and reading visual perception...

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Festive fun

This month we take a break from our series on Activities of Daily Living and focus on creating some festive decorations and treats Salty Dough Star Ornaments This easy recipe for festive star ornaments is a fun way to get children involved in the kitchen and develop their fine motor...

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Get dressed

Some children with disabilities experience difficulty performing activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing and toileting. Here we look at the activity of dressing Dressing is an important aspect of independent and daily living. It involves a number of skills including fine motor (fastening buttons and zips); gross...

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Steps to cleanliness

Maintaining personal hygiene is important for everyone. Here’s how to encourage and assist children with disabilities to do so. Some children with disabilities experience difficulty performing everyday activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, mobility, positioning, transfers and personal hygiene. It can be a challenge for them to wash...

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Food, glorious food

We introduce a new series on Activities of Daily Living, where Emma McKinney shares tips and looks at assistive devices Some children with disabilities experience difficulty performing everyday activities, known as self-care or activities of daily living (ADLs). These include dressing, bathing, toileting, mobility, transfers, grooming and personal hygiene. The...

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Holiday Baking

With the school holidays coming up, here are some baking ideas to keep children busy Most children love to get involved in the kitchen. With a few adjustments, you can make it easy and fun for them. Some children will be able to bake completely independently, while others may need...

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What teachers should know

It is important that children with disabilities can access the schooling environment and actively participate in lessons and other activities within the school day Classroom/building layout The layout of the classroom should cater fully for a child with a physical disability. Attention should be paid to features such as floor...

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