Bundle of Booklets for Schools and Professionals
This bundle includes:
- Gross Motor Skills Booklet
- Fine Motor Skills Booklet
- Hand Writing Booklet for Schools and Professionals
- Handwriting Booklet for Parents
- Sensory Processing Booklet for Schools and Professionals
- Sensory Processing Booklet for Parents and Carers
- Self Care Skills
Gross Motor Skills
A booklet that explores gross motor skills and how to support a child or young adult with difficulties.Gross motor skills are an essential part of our development. They are important for daily activities, such as walking, running, jumping, play, dressing, and personal care. They involve movements of the large muscles, e.g. legs, arms, trunk. A child or young adult needs motor skills to explore the world around them and to increase their independence. This booklet explains how gross motor skills develop, how difficulties affect a child or young adult, how to help a child or young adult with difficulties, and activities to develop skills.
Fine motor skills
A booklet that explores fine motor skills and how to support a child or young person with difficulties.
Fine motor skills are an essential part of our development. They are important for daily activities, such as dressing, personal care, feeding, writing, using scissors and play. They involve muscles in the arms, hands, fingers, and thumbs. Some skills need strength, whereas others need small movements. This booklet explains how fine motor skills develop, how difficulties affect a child or young adult, and activities to develop skills.
A booklet that explains how handwriting skills develop, gives practical advice on how to develop skills, and provides advice on how to manage specific handwriting difficulties. This bundle includes the booklet for schools and professionals.
Written communication is an important part of our lives from childhood to adulthood. It is needed at school and home for lots of activities, i.e. to write stories or essays, lists, reminders, make notes, copy telephone numbers, fill out forms, and write down messages. At school, writing is predominantly used to assess and evaluate a child or young person’s progress. How a child writes can determine the legibility, quality and quantity of their writing. Despite the use of computers, writing is still important. This booklet describes how handwriting develops, how difficulties affect a child or young adult, and offers practical advice on how to support them.
A booklet that explains sensory processing and regulation and how to manage them effectively. There are two versions, one for parents, and one for schools and professionals. This bundle includes both the version for parents and carers AND that for schools and professionals.
Sensory processing is integral to our understanding of the world, how we function, and how we cope in different situations. Difficulties with sensory processing can have a significant impact on independence and daily living skills. This booklet describes what sensory processing is, how difficulties affect a child or young adult, and offers practical advice on how to support them.
A booklet that explores self-care skills and how to help a child or young adult who has motor and sensory processing difficulties.
Self-care skills are an important part of development and involve lots of different skills. This booklet explores how self-care skills develop and includes lots of practical advice. It explores how to support a child who experiences difficulties with dressing, washing hands, cleaning teeth, bathing and showering, cutting nails, brushing hair, haircuts, toileting, sleep, eating and drinking.
BACKGROUND TO THE BOOKLETS
I am an occupational therapist who has worked with children and young adults since 1999. My clinical experience includes a wide range of needs, including complex physical disabilities, learning difficulties, developmental delay, autism, issues with attachment and trauma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, social and communication problems, and issues with social, emotional and mental health needs. Many of the children and young adults that I support have difficulties with sensory processing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, handwriting, and self-care skills.
I am very aware that parents and staff use information from different sources. The information that is available is vast, can be overwhelming, and is time consuming to read. I have written the booklets as a comprehensive resource for parents and staff based on my extensive clinical experience. They are designed as a quick reference or to read in depth. Each booklet has key points to guide the reader and follows a similar format. There are handouts at the end of each booklet with lists of books, resources and websites. The booklets are useful for parents, school staff, students and professionals who work with children and young people. Please consult your local occupational therapist for specific advice as children or young people are individuals and learn or approach tasks in different ways.