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IS YOUR CHILD POSITIONED FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS?

IS YOUR CHILD POSITIONED FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS?

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SCHOOL SUCCESS can be measured by both academic performance and social participation. Your child must be ready to manage the demands of classroom instruction as well as demonstrate appropriate behavior on the playground, in the cafeteria, and other areas.
Occupational therapy practitioners help students succeed in all school activities throughout the day. They are important members of the school team to help children learn, make friends, and play. The following tips are from occupational therapy practitioners who work with elementary school age children.
SCHOOL SUCCESS can be measured by both academic performance and social participation. Your child must be ready to manage the demands of classroom instruction as well as demonstrate appropriate behavior on the playground, in the cafeteria, and other areas.
Occupational therapy practitioners help students succeed in all school activities throughout the day. They are important members of the school team to help children learn, make friends, and play. The following tips are from occupational therapy practitioners who work with elementary school age children.

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IS YOUR CHILD POSITIONEDFOR SCHOOL SUCCESS?
SCHOOL SUCCESScan be measured by both academic performance and social participation. Your child must be readyto manage the demands of classroom instruction as well as demonstrate appropriate behavior on the playground, in thecafeteria, and other areas.Occupational therapy practitioners help students succeed in all school activities throughout the day. They are importantmembers of the school team to help children learn, make friends, and play. The following tips are from occupationaltherapy practitioners who work with elementary school age children.
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•Setupanareaforhomeworkwithgoodlighting,awayfromTVandotherdistractions.•Keeptrackofhowlongittakesyourchildtocompletehomeworkassignments,andsharethisinformationwiththeschoolteamasneeded.•Recognizetheuniquelearningstyleofyourchildandadjusthomeworkcompletionasneeded.Forexample,somechildrenlearnbestbyreading,whereasotherslearnbestwhentheyhearinformation.Completehomeworksuccessfully.•Makeiteasierforyourchildtolearnbymodifyingassignments,changingdeskheightsorpositions,andofferingadditionalassistance.•Addressunderlyingsensorycomponents(taste,smell,touch,and/orsounds)thataffectlearningandbehavior.•Workwiththeteachertomodifythewayheorshepresentsmaterialstoaddressdifferentlearningstyles.
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•Createacomputerworkstationwiththetopofthescreenateyelevelandthefeetatontheoor.•UseparentalcontrolstoblockWebsitesthathaveinappropriatecontent.•Encouragestretchingbreaksduringcomputerorhomeworktimetoincreaseconcentrationanddecreaseirritabilityorfatigue.Usecomputertimeeffectively.•Performanergonomicsevaluationofyourchild’scomputerworkstationtominimizepostureandrepetitioninjuries.•Provideassistivetechnologytohelpyourchildusematerialsinadifferentwayifnecessary(e.g.,converttypedwordstovoice;suggestadifferentmouseorkeyboard;usevoicerecognitionsoftware;introducehelpfulapps).•Provideyourchildwithavarietyofschoolmaterialsandsuppliesindifferentshapesandsizes.Forexample,writingmayimprovewhenusingamechanicalpenciloraballpointpen.•Besureyourchild’sbackpackisnoheavierthan10%ofhisorherweight,andusethewaiststrapstosecureit.Useschoolmaterialsproperly.•Provideadaptationssuchasspecialpaper,zipperpulls,scissors,orbuilt-uppencilstohelpchildrenwithnemotoractivitiessuchaszipperingandhandwriting.•Screenchildrenforproperbackpacksizeandweighttopreventinjury.•Collaborateandconsultwiththeschoolteamtoaddressproperpositioningandtoolusethroughouttheschoolday.

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