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Sensory Play

All babies begin to play by exploring sensorily. Babies love to play with textured toys and they explore these toys using not only their fingers, but also their mouths. They love feeling the toys across their lips, and chewing on them with their little gums and teeth. They explore the shape and texture of toy with their tongues.

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M-Sitting

“M-sitting” is a commonly used position by children. In this position, children sit on their bottoms with their knees bent, and their legs and feet splayed out to the sides in what looks like an ‘M’ or a ‘W’. This position is used rather than sitting with both their feet to the side (mermaid sitting) or sitting cross-legged or long sitting.

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Assisting a Dyspraxic Child

Dyspraxic children have difficulty in working out what is meant when an instruction is given. They do not necessarily have difficulty in following the verbal instruction, but cannot determine how the instruction is to be executed. The problem lies not in the auditory-language process of following the instruction, but in determining how they will actually fulfil the instruction.

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So what’s all the Fuss about Crossing the Midline?

Children are most often referred for Occupational Therapy for fine motor problems, poor pencil grip, weak pencil control, poor attention and concentration difficulties, chewing on their sleeves, chewing on their pencils, biting other children, being fussy eaters… the list goes on! They are also sent for OT because they don’t cross their body midline. What exactly does this mean?