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Disability Awareness for 5 year olds

Practical ideas for parents who want to help their child's classmates and playmates understand more about their child and his/her special needs.

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Where should I grip my pencil?
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




Some children hold their pencils too far up the pencil's shaft. Their hands may even be right off of the paper, causing light pressure and wobbly control. Try wrapping a bright Wikki Stix around the pencil at the proper grasp point. The visual and tactile cue can really help!
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Eight In A Row: Developing Pre-Reading Skills

Before a child can learn to read, there are essential "pre-reading" skills that a child must master. Three of the most important are sequencing, left-right progression, and time progression (before and after). All can be explored and practiced with Eight In A Row. The puzzles show scenes that are familiar to most children. There is a child making a painting and a child getting up in the morning. Each piece has only one place to fit it onto the next piece, so children with delayed fine motor skills can usually manage the puzzle-fitting with a minimum of frustration.

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