The Jennifer Maud Handwriting Group has been uniquely designed for children across the Grade 1 – Grade 4 group. This ten-week course has been designed by Jennifer Maud and run with great success over the past 5 years. The focus of this group is development of the hand, establishing a functional grip, as well as ensuring that postural and shoulder girdle strength are intact. We then also focus on the underlying skills, enforcing that handwritten work is neat and efficient by achieving the correct letter formation and spatial skills required for handwriting.
SPEED UP HANDWRITING SKILLS GROUP WITH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Speed Up is a kinaesthetic approach to handwriting and works at developing fluency, legibility and handwriting speed. It is for children whose handwriting is laboured, slow, illegible, lacking fluency and is a mixture of cursive and print. This handwriting course was developed in the UK and is a standalone 8-week course. It is most suited for learners from Grade 3 to Grade 7, and is run by an OT.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS GROUP WITH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
This group is focused on Grade 00 and Grade R/0 children. The group approach is fun filled and inspires the children in their development. The focus of this group is to strengthen the hand, improve fine motor planning, develop the arches of the hand and isolate finger movements. These fine motor developments will then assist in the progression of colouring, cutting and drawing skills, and ultimately prepare the child for writing skills in Grade 1.
ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS GROUP WITH AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
This ten-week group has been found to assist children from Grade 2 onwards in organising their weekly and daily routine. Organizational strategies from the Engine Program are taught to the children, with the aim of developing self-regulation strategies for calm and organise their neurological system. Following this, each week focuses on functional organizational activities such as time tabling, planning schedule and developing tips to stay on top of school and home demands. The Get it Done Model is utilized to teach children planning techniques. This is a fun and highly functional group for your disorganised or forgetful child to attend!
SENSORY MOTOR GROUP WITH AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Your child can slot into the Starter, Intermediate, or Advanced sensory motor group depending on their skill. These weekly sessions challenge your child’s gross motor skills and focus on coordination, postural strength and planning. Your child’s sensory needs should be satisfied through engaging in specified OT equipment.
Visual perception is the ability to use visual information to recognise, recall, discriminate and make meaning of what we see. Through touch, movement and vision a child learns to recognise shape, size and characteristics of objects. They can tell the difference between objects which are similar but different. They can learn to focus on selected details in the environment and screen out irrelevant information. They learn about relationships between spatial positioning of objects to each other and to themselves, for example whether an item is above, below, to the left or right and they learn that even when objects appear to change size and shape due to changes in its position/orientation that they are still the same.
Visual perceptual skills develop in a sequential pattern (vertical, horizontal and diagonal dimensions). The ability to recognise shape and form comes before the ability to reproduce them (visual-motor). Initially, when learning, children heavily rely on visual information for movement and learning. This eventually becomes an automatic motor imprint of a visual shape enabling them to write letters without having to think about their shape, formation, size etc.
Children may have difficulty with a range of visual perceptual skills. Each of them can be developed by engaging in different games or activities. This group runs for ten weeks in the aim to improve overall visual perceptual skills.
STUDY SKILLS GROUPS WITH EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Our study skills program helps learners identify their areas of strength and weakness in terms of their current study techniques, as well as providing them with an array of study methods that suits their personal learning style and preferences. The program focuses on aspects such as motivation, study environment, learning styles, study techniques and how to apply these techniques to their own work.