Fostering Calmness

Helping Hyperactive Kids ? A Sensory Integration Approach: Techniques and Tips for Parents and Professionals by Lynn J. Horowitz, MHS, OT and Cecile Röst, PT, offers a number of great tips. These are few of them under Fostering Calmness.

    • Let your child push his or her hands together and apply strong pressure on the palms.
    • Use your hands to apply firm pressure on your child’s shoulders or apply a series of ten short pushes downward on the shoulders
    • If possible, make the environment as quiet as possible. Turn off any loud music or play quiet classical music. Many children find listening to Mozart very relaxing. Turn the TV off or turn the volume down. Busy hectic images can agitate your child, so look for soothing images.
    • Calmly rub the length of your child’s forehead or let your child rub it.
    • Massage the soles of your child’s feet.

Resources for Parents by Occupational Therapists

Here are two websites where you can download information sheets and handouts:

The Play and Early Learning Handouts have been developed by Developmental Occupational Therapy (WA) Inc., an organisation that provides support to occupational therapists who work with children within Western Australia.

1. Playing with Your Child (pdf)
2. Promoting Positive Behaviour (pdf)
3. Teaching a New Skill (pdf)
4. Getting Ready to Learn (Heavy Work Activities) (pdf)

Early Learning
5. Activities to Develop Cause and Effect (pdf)
6. Time for Books (pdf)
7. Book Sharing (pdf)
8. Helping Your Child Concentrate (pdf)
9. Learning About Colours (pdf)
10. Learning Body Parts (pdf)
11. Learning Through Copying (pdf)
12. Learning to Count (pdf)
13. Learning to Problem Solve (pdf)

14. Active Play (pdf)
15. Learning to Ride a Bike (pdf)
16. Babies Learn Through Exploratory Play (pdf)
17. Construction Play (pdf)
18. Functional Play (pdf)
19. Fun with Boxes (pdf)
20. Fun with Plastic Containers (pdf)
21. Nature Play (pdf)
22. Pretend Play (pdf)
23. Sensory Play (pdf)

Bilateral Hand Skills
24. Using Hands Together (pdf)
25. Hands Doing Different Tasks (pdf)
26. Reaching Across the Body (pdf)

Fine Motor
27. Manipulation Activities (pdf)
28. Using a Pinching (Pincer) Grasp (pdf)
29. Using the Pointer Finger (pdf)

Pencil Skills
30. Learning to Hold a Pencil (pdf)
31. Learning to Write (pdf)
32. Drawing and Writing in Everyday Activities (pdf)
33. Drawing and Writing Fun (pdf)
34. Tips for Writing (pdf)
35. Tips for Colouring In (pdf)

Scissor Skills
36. Learning to Cut (pdf)
37. Tips for Cutting (pdf)

Upper Limb Strength
38. Activities for Hand Strength (pdf)
39. Playdough Activities for Hand Strength (pdf)
40. Activities for Upper Body Strength (pdf)

Kids health information package developed by occupational therapists primarily working at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Developing a pencil grip
Hand preference
Prewriting skills
Pencil pressure
In-hand manipulation
Low muscle tone
Shoulder stability and control
Activity ideas to develop arm co-ordination, strength and endurance
Hand and finger strength
Hand and finger strength – Adolescents
Playdough and exercise putty
Encouraging young babies to use their hands
Encouraging older babies to use their hands
Encouraging toddlers to use two hands
Encouraging preschool children to use two hands
Encouraging school children to use two hands
Pressure garments
Scar management
Hand exercises
Thumb exercises
Finger exercises
Finger stretches
FDP tenolysis exercises
FDS tenolysis exercises
Supination exercises

Thank you Leah E. for sharing.