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Learning Shapes the Musical Way!
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




Children with special needs can be slower to learn their colors, shapes and fastenings. The Jumbo Music Block teaches all three at once! A song tells children which side of the block to turn up and a special treat is hidden behind each fastening. Try saying the name of the color and shape as the child is searching and again when it is found to add extra reinforcement of the concepts.
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Bringing Two Hands Together In The Midline

Look for toys that offer many grasping points like the Nobbly Wobbly, the Winkle, or the Skwish. Place the child on his or her back. Offer the toy to the side of the child, moving the toy slowly towards the child's midline. Alternate sides, concentrating on the weaker side if there is one. Gradually the child will begin reaching out with both hands. This is especially helpful for premature babies, children with hypotonia, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy , and general developmental delays.

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