A Product of Disability Access: Empowering Tribal Members with Disabilities & Their Families
by Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc.
We all know children who will play with the box and wrapping paper a present came in rather than the toy itself. Why not? To a child, everything is a potential toy. Start thinking about what your child needs to learn next and you will find that your home is full of educational 'toys'.
A friend who runs a community activity program told us this story,
Flashlight - Most children at a very young age learn how to 'visually track', that is, to focus on an object and follow that object with their eyes. Billy, due to his disability, had not acquired this skill. You can work on visual tracking with a child who is only a few months old, with older children who have limited movement due to severe disability, or with children such as Billy who simply failed to acquire this skill. Using any flashlight you have around the house, shine a light on the wall or ceiling directly in front of where your child is looking. Be sure to talk to your child while you are doing this. Every activity is a chance for you to teach your child more about language.
You can move the light slowly several times and then the next time move it quickly and say, "Fast!" really quickly. As your child is learning to visually track, she can also be learn about 'fast' and 'slow' and that sometimes things change in unexpected ways.
Cheerios - these are one of the best inventions ever for developmental stimulation. Don't believe me? Just try these two activities?
|Early Childhood Home||:||Helping Your Child Learn||:||Developmental Stimulation &Play||:||Developmental Stim. with Household Objects|
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