ADHD

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Posted by: Carol | 2010-01-08

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Spatial perception

My 10yr old son was born longsighted and we only found out when he was 5. He was never interested in building blocks, books, TV etc and we never understood why! At 5 he was also diagnosed with ADD and the Ritalin treatment has allowed him to make the most remarkable progress. He also did OT for 2 1/2 yrs, but the interesting part is that there has been no improvement whatsoever to his spatial awareness. His last school report said he has great difficulty with graphs, geometry basics, maps etc and he can' t copy what is drawn on the one side of a line to the other side. All other learning areas are good, but he has stopped playing soccer. I cannot find any information on how to develop spatial awareness specifically and only gross and fine motor skills... I need a programme that i can do with him at home on a daily basis. Seeing an OT once or twice a week makes no difference and the home programme provided only helped with fine and gross motor skills and body posture. Any advice?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Carol,
Spatial awareness is tricky to develop because the only way to improve it is to practice it; and for a child who finds these types of tasks challenging, practice will require lots of encouragement. Follow the leader is a great way for your son to mimic your movements; you can start with one sided activities such as raising your right arm and move on to two sided activites such as jumping jacks, or walking like a doggy over and under poles. The sillier you make the activities the more likely he will be to follow; giving him the opportunity to be the leader as well will encourage him to think of ways to trick you. Obstacle courses are also great for spatial development; gymnastics or dance also provide great stimulation. Building a lego version or map of the house, school or playground helps with spatial orientation. Please feel free to contact me via Email should you need more ideas.
Good luck,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010-01-13

Dear Carol,
Spatial awareness is tricky to develop because the only way to improve it is to practice it; and for a child who finds these types of tasks challenging, practice will require lots of encouragement. Follow the leader is a great way for your son to mimic your movements; you can start with one sided activities such as raising your right arm and move on to two sided activites such as jumping jacks, or walking like a doggy over and under poles. The sillier you make the activities the more likely he will be to follow; giving him the opportunity to be the leader as well will encourage him to think of ways to trick you. Obstacle courses are also great for spatial development; gymnastics or dance also provide great stimulation. Building a lego version or map of the house, school or playground helps with spatial orientation. Please feel free to contact me via Email should you need more ideas.
Good luck,
Delia

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