This week Lisa and I are talking about how to navigate the hectic pace and demands of life with the added burden of homework and home programs.
We’re all too familiar with how challenging this can be for families! The keys are:
- Recognising when your child is in a learning state – switched on, interested and engaged – how does your child look, sound and seem in this state?
- Knowing how to get them in that “just right” state what does it take to get them there?
- Know their strengths and interests:
- Is your child a hands on, physical player – prefers to be on the move?
- Is your child motivated by puzzles?
- Does your child love music?
- Is your child into pretend games and characters?
- Does your child have a greater preference for indoor activities?
- Is your child entranced by music?
- Does your child love drawing?
- Is your child at their best in the bathtub or the sandpit, or playing in a tub of Lego?
- Being creative and “thinking out of the box” – use their strengths and interests to modify games and activities to reach your goals. This is exactly what therapists and leading teachers do everyday!
This is easily said, but not always easily done in busy households! We share some of our favourite ways of playing with children to help them connect and learn, but if you’re looking for some help to work this way for your child, then our new website has some options that may be “just the ticket”.
This week we are launching Home Program Help – designed to make home programs (and homework) easier for parents of children with challenges following the principles we outlined above. Follow the link to check it out.