Also known as “moon sand”, kinetic sand is material that looks like sand, but sticks together like snow! This is a great sensory tool to work on tactile integration, manual manipulation, and fine motor skills. It’s a cost effective and fun tool to use in a variety of ways. Interesting in learning how Cogwheel Clinic uses this? Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.
Not all children know how to play. While neurotypical kiddos often learn about turn-taking, role-playing, and losing well, children on the Autism Spectrum or those with Nonverbal learning disorders often struggle with these ideas. On this first part of a series on Teaching kids how to play, our OT Wendy Waterval points to a flyer from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) that breaks key points such as school recess and balanced nutrition into school years. While children with special needs may not always have the ability to learn these skills only from their peers, appropriate exposure to them in school and social settings brings awareness to the forefront. Further teaching, through aba therapy or social skills training depending on each child’s needs, can help children learn how to play with their peers and create social relationships more easily. Check out our Current Class Offerings to see what social skills classes are available and might be appropriate for your child at Cogwheel Clinic.
A new study shows for kids with ADHD, fidgeting may help improve their cognitive ability.
The ADDitude website is a great resource for parents of kiddos with ADHD and Learning Disabilities. Their blog page is a great place to find personal stories of the delights and trials of raising children with different disorders. http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/index.html
At Cogwheel Clinic, we are firm believers in the power of animal companionship!
A great article form USA TodaY:
“For years, anxiety kept Zach Tucker from getting to sleep. As the Colorado Springs sixth-grader remembers, his voice shakes and he shields his eyes. Zach’s discomfort is Clyde’s cue. The chocolate Labrador springs to Zach’s side, nudging the boy with his paws. Zach’s voice calms, and he drops his hand to his devoted dog.
“That’s Clyde at work,” says Zach’s mother, Susy Tucker.
Smart, but suffering from social anxiety, Zach was 8 when doctors diagnosed him with high-functioning autism. Tucker sought animals to draw Zach out of his shell. A series of pets — a guinea pig, a rat and untrained dogs — followed, but they had little success. Then came Clyde.” for more, jump to the article below!
What a great post that sheds light on the importance of nutrition in the lives of those affected by ADHD!
Here is an excerpt, for the whole article please go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-bertin-md/mindful-eating-adhd-and-n_b_7257190.html
Menu B: Nutritional Guidelines for ADHD
Here are Dr. Olivardia’s recommendations for people with ADHD for common nutritional issues:
• Eat breakfast. Like the patient Dr. Olivardia described, many people with ADHD skip breakfast due to oversleeping and rushing. Hours later, they end up painfully hungry and grab whatever is nearby. Value breakfast, set yourself reminders about it, and plan ahead.
• Get plenty of protein in your diet. Protein fuels your body for longer periods of time. There is even some suggestion that healthy, high-protein breakfasts help ease daytime ADHD symptoms. Avoid too much sugar and junk food, which tend to affect mood and exacerbate a cycle of increasing hunger over the day.
• Eat throughout the day. Many people skip meals due to hyperfocus and losing track of time. This sets their body up to hold onto fat and increases cravings for fat and sugar. Extreme hunger also leads to impulsive decision-making. Again, set alarms if needed, and during breaks consider a healthy snack.
• Work towards getting adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation lowers our body’s ability to burn fat. It also exacerbates ADHD and stress, and undermines our ability to stick to plans.
• Most of all, get support. Share tips and strategies with an ADHD buddy or a professional familiar with the field who understands how establishing a pattern of healthy eating can be hard.
Social Skills and Pragmatic Language are notoriously difficult for children on the spectrum. Our age and skill-based Social Skills groups and camps are a wonderful way to teach children these imperative skills, such as what things really are worth getting really upset about (and what things aren’t), how to engage with peers, how to read other’s social cues, and more. The Cogwheel Clinic will be offering a “Superflex” summer program, which bases social skills in a curriculum featuring super heroes – perfect for our own superheroes at Cogwheel! These always book up fast, so call us now to book your child’s spot!
Summer is right around the corner which means school is winding down. If you are looking for ways to engage your child’s mind this summer, check out what is going on at the Cogwheel Clinic!
Kiddos that have an ADHD diagnosis can really benefit from learning strategies that help them organize and plan ahead. We offer these strategies in a super fun filled way, so that they carry on over to the school year!
NPR posted a follow-up article with a list of suggestions of fidget-coping mechanisms for kids with ADHD. Super helpful!
This is a great short read for parents or teachers of students with ADHD.