Occupational /Music Theraphy

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Occupational /Music Theraphy

Postby Charmaine_chong » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:49 pm

Hi,

Does anyone's child ever go for occupational or music theraphy?

Mind to share your experiences and how to determine a child is needed such theraphy?

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Re: Occupational /Music Theraphy

Postby GreenQ » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:53 am

Charmaine_chong wrote:Hi,

Does anyone's child ever go for occupational or music theraphy?

Mind to share your experiences and how to determine a child is needed such theraphy?


I think parents wld concern of letting their chid to go for occupational theraphy (OT) only if the child is unable to handle his daily activities in normal speed/way.

My youngest boy was refered to attend OT last mth by specialist in KKH. He is very slow in doing his activities in school and at home. He always be the last one who submit his worksheets in class. Then, same thing happen at home. Very slow to finish his meal and homework. :stupid:

He is a perfect minded child too. Always want to keep his things neatly in his own way. He will rub and rewrite his handwriting many times if he thinks that it is too small or too big or slightly fall on one side. He likes to write in big font too. He takes his donkey times to finish his colouring worksheet bcoz he wants to colour it neatly. Yeah... all these things are the main reasons contributing to his slowness in doing his sch or homeworks. I have tried many ways to help and remind him, but can't see much improvement.

He also has low attention span. Teacher commented he always day dreaming in sch. I think his attention span is abt 8-10 min only. Easily get distracted by classmates.

I am curious and wondering what ideas an accupational therapist can offer to prolong preschooler attention span when I attend the OT session with him. I am also trying to carry out the recommended home programmes to help my boy. So far he only attended 2 times. Hopefully I can see his great improvement b4 he goes to P1 next yr!

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Postby GreenQ » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:33 pm

There are few activities we can do at home in helping a child to prolong his attention span. These 3 activities are highlighted for my boy by the therapist at the moment.

1/ Visual Perceptual Skills

This skills will develope the ability of a child to focus visually. (I read fr an article in a pediatric healthcare journal that children who born at or below 1.5kg will tend to have visual perceptual problems.) My youngest boy born at 1.5kg! :cry:

Children need to have good visual perception to discriminate well, copy text accurately, develop visual memory of things observed, develop good eye-hand co-ordination and integrate visual information while using other senses in order to perform tasks.

We can google and find a lot of printable visual perceptual worksheets for children. Example: http://www.edhelper.com/visual_skills.htm

2/ Figure Ground Perceptual Skills
This skills help a child to pick out details without getting confused by the background or surrounding images. This skill is especially helpful when the children are presented with a lot of visual information at one time. Once he is good at this skills, he will naturally be able to focus better in class and has longer attention span.

There are sample of worksheets here: http://www.visuallearningforlife.com/vi ... p?area=92&

3/ Word Search Puzzles
This game will help beginners increase their familiarity with letters and combinations of letters. Older children build more
awareness of words and their correct spelling. It helps children to focus on the work on hand.

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Re: Occupational /Music Theraphy

Postby phtthp » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:53 am

how does Music Therapy help a hyperactive child ?

does it help a hyperactive child to sit still, be focus, concentrate in school work ?

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