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This Kid Is Driving Me Crazy! -Tips For Parents Of Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Helpful tips for families from the good folks at NICHCY

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Bead Mazes perfect for children with Down Syndrome or Visual Impairments
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



Spring-a-ling! Bringing Two Hands Together
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



Sound Puzzle Box Ideal For Children With Down Syndrome and Other Special Needs
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



Occupational Therapy: Chubbi Stump Crayons and the Palmer Grasp
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



Hydrotherapy: Keeping Your Chin Up In The Water!
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



Occupational Therapy: The Fist Brush
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



Hydrotherapy: The Comfort Mat, Comfort At The Pool
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



Hydrotherapy: Taking Non-Swimmers Swimming on a Sectional Raft!
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



Crystal Drop Ball: Sensory Integration and Balance
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



The Physiotherapy Egg: Sensory Integration, Balance and Coordination
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff



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Adapting Signs for pre-verbal communication

Many hearing children use Sign instead of or before verbal communication. But what do you do if traditional Signs are physically difficult to master? Adapt them! For example, the traditional Sign used to indicate "I need to go to the washroom" involves putting the thumb between the third and fourth fingers in a fist and waving the fist. If the child can't manage the hand position you could try using a plain closed fist waving instead. Sign-based communication can help improve communication skills, lower frustration, improve manual dexterity, and teach children that hands can be used for meaningful activities. You will find a good group of Sign resources in Dragonfly's book section.

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