Developing Finger Strength and Dexterity To develop finger-strength poke holes into an egg-box (I recommend that you do this in private without your child seeing you do this!), colour around them in different colours, then give your child some coloured pompoms to post through the holes using his pointing finger.
Making a Scooter Board Scooter-boards or ‘furniture moving trolleys are a great and versatile toy as they encourage movement through the use of arms and hands, while sitting or lying on it. This boy uses a bathroom plunger to propel himself forward, which requires lots of effort and coordination, and is very organising for his regulatory system.
Learning to ‘Gather’, ‘Sort’, ‘Carry’ and ‘Move Things’ At the early developmental levels children need lots of ‘stuff’ that they can pick up, sort, gather, carry and move around. There are lots of natural materials that can be collected for this purpose: conkers, stones, peach stones, acorns, … lemons, potatoes … or plain wooden blocks, bottle tops, …
Making a ‘Play Box’ with household items Having a big box with ‘loose parts’ with empty containers of all different sizes, e.g. recycling, is one of the most valuable play resource at home.
Lucy: Finding her Place in the World Lucy was a bit of a surprise. Her mum was breast feeding her brother, who was not yet 1 when Lucy was born, and hadn’t even thought of other babies. But Lucy did and decided to come anyway and whatever it took. It was just before Christmas, when she’d had enough and wanted […]
Maya: The Girl who had to ‘Hold on Tight’ Maya was very ill when she was born and had to stay in intensive care for many weeks. Her own mum was not well enough to look after her, so her grandmother took the baby home to look after her. Granny loved Maya. From by 18 months the family started to […]
Graham’s Story: Autistic-like. When it’s not autism. What is it? ‘When their son was just 17 months old, Erik and Jennie Linthorst suspected something was not quite right. Experts and therapists told them their son was autistic. Sort of. Maybe. Some called him autistic-like. Others said he was not autistic at all. With his parents still seeking a clear diagnosis, […]
Isaac: A Mother’s Journey to discover her Baby ‘Dear Health-visitor, I just wanted to let you know, how Isaac is getting on. He is almost 18 months now. It’s been quite a journey. But things are going well and I’m now not worried about autism any more, because I feel I’m in such good emotional contact with Isaac. We understand […]
The shelf that you suggested we put into our living room arrived yesterday. You were so right about it. I couldn’t believe, how interested Asif was in the play materials that we displayed in it. And I only had to show him once about taking things out and putting them back, and he loves it. He never showed an interest in […]
Jack (age 5) kept grabbing and pressing himself onto mother’s head and although passionate, it did not lead to loving interaction, but actually hurt her. She had tried many ways to stop this unfortunate behaviour, until she discovered that giving him something into his outstretched hand was often successful in orienting him back to a shared activity. At other times […]