I am always looking for ways to help M. Children with Aspergers often struggle with motor skills in addition to the social aspect associated with the "disorder." (I put it in quotations because I HATE using that term!)
Today, I felt inspired to grab a bucket of chalk and trick her into a therapy session of sorts. First, I drafted a list of a few motor skill challenges. Next, I brainstormed a list of activities that would address them. Being the nice person I am... I typed them up to share with you!
Good thing that Summer is coming up, we will have plenty of time to try out all of them!
Peanut was excited about our new bucket of chalk.
STARTING WITH A CIRCLE
How to play: Have your child draw different size circles. After the shapes are drawn, let them take a "break" from instructional time and allow them to transform the shapes into whatever they choose.
How this helps: Forming shapes on a large scale helps children grasp the motions needed. As they go down the line and make smaller circles, they are refining the movement. *Eventually, I will buy smaller chalk for her to play with.
M meticulously drawing "petals".
We drew different sizes of circles. M turned the circles into "sunflowers".
How to play: Have your child draw the "spaces" and the numbers inside of them. If your kid can't form numbers yet, agree to write them...as long as they assign numbers to the spaces. After your board is made, demonstrate the jumping pattern. Take turns with your kiddos!
How this helps: This activity is great for most of the challenges I listed! When they are creating the spaces and numbering them- they are working on shape and character formation. When they are actively playing the game- they are working on balance through hopping and jumping. This is also a good activity to teach your kids how to take turns!
Hopping on one foot is a fairly new skill for M. She is doing a great job!
M teaching Peanut how to play hopscotch. I love these moments!
We had a good time playing outside and sneaking in some "therapy" time, too!
Be sure to stay tuned for our future "chalk therapy sessions."