Decision-making and problem-solving goes hand-in-hand. One cannot be done without the other. Thus both skills should be mastered to be effective. Decisions could be something small or have a big impact on our lives especially as kids get older and make choices about their morals/values and career paths. The decision-making process improves with maturity and experience. Types of decisions Making no decision Kids then allow their peers/siblings/parents/other adults to make decisions for them Making impulsive decisions Kids sometimes take no time to consider the options – our impulsive/ADHD kids really struggle with making an impulsive decision and regretting their actions later Kids sometimes respond emotionallyRead More →

What is visual memory? Memory: The skill to recognize previously seen objects/numbers/letters/pictures – especially detail Sequential memory: The ability to remember a series of objects/numbers/letters/pictures – very important for spelling The steps of remembering Receives The child needs to pay attention to visual input from the environment e.g. watching the teacher demonstrate a task/look at the pictures in a book. Stores The information now has to be stores until it is needed again: Sensory memory – a few seconds Short term memory (working memory) – up to 30 seconds Long term memory – more than 30 seconds Retains To retain information it first has toRead More →

“WHY THE “HYPE” WITH EARLY STIMULATION?” AND THE TREMENDOUS EFFECT OF EARLY STIMULATION ON THE YOUNG CHILD Research has shown the intelligence of the young child is hugely impacted by early stimulation. During pregnancy, up to the age of two years tremendous brain development takes place, also known as brain spurts. The first brain spurt occurs between the eight (8th) and thirteen (13th) week after conception and during this period the amount of brain cells the baby will be born with is formed. The amount of brain cells the child is born with does play a role, but researchers all agree that the significant factorRead More →

Which skills are important for writing? Postural control Being able to keep my body upright in the chair and to sit still Vision To be able to see what I am writing Eye muscles The muscles of my eyes should be able to work together or my writing will blur In-hand manipulation skills To be able to hold and manipulate the pencil in my hand Finger and hand strength My fingers should be strong enough the hold the pencil and not get tired when I write Fine eye-hand coordination To be able write neatly and accurately Visio-motor integration To copy work from the blackboard orRead More →

According to the Department of Education your child may go to Gr. 1 in the year that he turns 6 (before 30 June). This is not a good idea according to many therapists as children are not school-ready by this young age. By law a child should start school the year they turn 7. When deciding to send your child to school it is important to look at the following factors: Emotional readiness Social readiness Academic readiness Physical readiness/gross-motor development Fine-motor readiness Emotional readiness Is your child able to regulate his emotions? (Know how he is feeling and why he is feeling a certain way)Read More →