• rainbow Welcome to OT with  Miss Tracey!

      

    *Remote Learning Updates*

    Hi Parents - Please know that I am available to you Monday - Friday during the hours of 8am-3pm via email: tbruther@staffordschools.org

    I am available to answer any questions or provide feedback.  I have many activities listed for your child to do at home - under Topics of Study.  These activities are fun and will help encourage and build on skills we work on in therapy. Please check your email in the upcoming days for more information from me.

    Please feel free to reach out to me as a support.  I am also home with my own children and this is a day to day challenge.  We will get through this together.  Check back frequently as I will be updating this site frequently.  Missing your children - Miss Tracey

     

    Week 3

    Good Morning Friends!  I hope you are enjoying your time with your families. 

    Here we go, Week #3!  We can do it.

     

    Get outside as much as possible this week.   

    Ride Bikes. 

    Play catch with any sized ball.  See how many catches you can do!

     

    Make a SENSORY PATH on your driveway or sidewalk. 

    You can use chalk or chalk paint.  Do this as a family, it will be fun.

    Here is a sample of one - but you can create it any way you want to!

    https://youtu.be/B9_hvrcG1Vc

    I would love to see a video or picture if you do this!

     

    Let's work with our fingers this week.  Make a necklace with anything you have around the house - here are some ideas - but be creative and use whatever you can!  String, ribbon, yarn, cereal like cheerios or fruit loops, pasta or cut up a straw with parental supervision. To color pasta you can put it in a zip lock bag with a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and a drop or 2 of your favorite food coloring. Shake the pasta in the baggie and then let it dry out on a baking tray with a paper towel on it, thoroughly before making the neckace.  You could also use markers to color the pasta.

    cereal  

    straw

    colored pasta

    I will reach out again next week with more fun.  I know you are all doing lots of writing with your teachers so please feel free to send me pictures of your work that you are proud of!  

    Remember to be seated at a table or desk when writing.  If possible with your feet on the floor. Take your time.  Make sure your letters sit on the writing line. Sky letters (b,d,f,h,l,k,t) start at the sky-line.  Descending letters (g,j,p,q,y) all go past the writing line. Use your finger spaces. I know you can do it!!! 

    Send me an email if you have any questions.  Let me know how you are doing.

    I miss you all so much and can't wait to see you again - hopefully soon.

    Love - Miss Tracey 

     

     

     

     

    Week 2 Remote Learning

     

    PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL. 

    I have sent messages to all of my students.  If you did not receive, please let me know. 

     

    Monday - Build a FORT day!  Be creative!  Have Fun!  Make signs for your fort to practice handwriting and coloring!  This is a great activity for motor planning, sequencing and working together - not to mention so much fun!!  I miss all of your faces!

     

    Try the following one day or all days this week:

     

    Sensorimotor Activities

     

    This week try to practice your Animal walks!

    bear walks

    BEAR WALKS - 1st stand with feet slightly apart - next put your hands in front of you on the floor - keep your legs straight and the weight in your arms.  Now move your right arm and right let and then your left arm and leg.  Try to walk like this down a hallway in your house - or across your living room.  Then do it BACKWARDS!

    crab

    CRAB WALKS (I know this is a lobster - I couldn't find a crab)  1st sit on the floor with your legs in front of you.  Bend your knees and lean back onto your arms.  Next lift your bottom off the floor.  Move forward by first moving your legs and then your arms.  Go all the way down the hall or across the room again, and then try it backwards!

    frog

    FROG JUMPS -  These are fun, but hard!  1st stand with your feet apart, next squat down so that your hands are in between your feet and make sure your bottom is not up in the air.  Next, jump forward, but not too high, making sure you land on your feet - not on your knees!  Do this all the way down the hall or across the room and then turn around and do it back!  Don't try this one backwards.  

     

    SNAKE CRAWL/ARMY CRAWL - Lie on your belly, propped up on your forearms.  Pull your body across the floor using your forearms to pull you and by wiggling your body.  Do this down the hall or across the room and then turn around and do it back.  

     

    You can add more fun by moving simple objects from one end of the hall to the other end on each trip.  We often use puzzles or bean bags in school.  If you have a simple puzzle - try to move 1-2 pieces at a time from one end of the hall or room to the other end.  Once you get all of the pieces there, then lie on your belly and put the puzzle together.  You could also move a bunch of stuffed animals or call or anything from one end to the other - and when you get all of the objects to the other end - then just play with them!

     

    FINE MOTOR ACTIVITY

    MONEY MONEY MONEY $$$

    Get out some spare change - the more the better!  First sort it into piles - pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.  Next - count up each group.  How much in Pennies? Nickels?  Dimes? Quarters?  How much in all?  Finally, Pick up each coin using only your index finger (pointer) and thumb and place it into a bank.  This is working on your pincer grasp.  If you do not have a bank you can use a plastic container or box.  Have mom or dad or make this for you by cutting a slit in the top of the box or plastic container so you can push the coins through. 

     

    Please reach out to me to let me know how you are doing.  tbruther@staffordschools.org

    I have sent emails to everyone, but have only heard back from a few.  Just let me know if you got my email or didn't.  I can provide more activities and exercises if you would like them.  However, I can completely understand if you are feeling like you have enough on your plate at this time.  Just let me know how I can help you.

     

    Thank you  - Stay Safe.  We are in this together. 

    Miss Tracey 

     

    Check out the Activities you can try at home under Topics of Study.

    3/19/20 - Make a collage today.  Use old magazines, pictures or flyers that come in the mail. Give your child a theme or just let them create.  This is great cutting and gluing practice - with minimal structure.  Let them have the control over this activity - they have little control over everything else right now. 

     

    "And will  you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed!

    Ninety-eight and three quarters percent guaranteed!"

    - Dr. Suess

     

    tbruther@staffordschools.org

    609-978-5700 x 1319

    Ocean Acres - Room 22

     

  • School Based OT supports a student's academic achievement and social participation throughout the school day.  Your child may to come to OT for a variety of reasons which may include help with coloring, cutting and handwriting; improving hand strength or core stability; improving fine motor skills, bilateral coordination, self help skills, visual motor or visual perceptual skills.  Additionally, Sensory strategies are used to help improve attention and focus. 

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