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Parenting a Literal Child

It's not just a matter of symantics - for some kids, everything is literal. In parenting several kids with FAS/FAE, I've found that you have to be very careful with your instructions - because they'll be followed!

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Physiotherapy: Building Upper Body Control with Pokey The African Elephant
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




To encourage children with Cerebral Palsy to extend their arms forward with control try mounting Pokey The African Elephant on a wall or else brace Pokey in an slanted position with a rolled towel on a wheelchair tray. This will encourage greater upper torso strength, stability, and control.
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Getting a good grip on crayons

If your child holds crayons clenched in a fist while coloring, try giving Chubbi Stump Crayons or Paint Sticks instead of long crayons. The short thick shape promotes the use on a tripod (three fingered) grasp. You can encourage the use of a mature wrist position by having the child draw on an upright easel.

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