Fine Motor

The Bridge That Elisha Built

Elisha has been meeting with his OT fairly regularly for the past year. Since the fall, when our van broke down, she has been coming to our house. Our house is loud, we have five kids. While Elisha has been working on strengthening his fine motor abilities, he also has been learning to working through frustrations and follow a sequence of instructions.

During each visit he has been tackling a project that requires him to work step by step. I am amazed at how much progress we made this past year. I should have been taking pictures of all the projects he has been completing (note to self – take more pictures during OT visits). Here is a bridge that Elisha completed out of Uber Stix.

We have some fun plans for next year and I can’t wait to share our journey with you. Our OT visits will most likely be bi-weekly during the school year and I will try to make a point to document all the fun projects we do and what we hope to accomplish (skill-wise) through them.

Do you have a child with Aspergers or Autism (or ADHD)?

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Christmas Crafts

Special Needs

Today we did some Christmas crafts.

Bright Red Stockings

I cut out bright red stockings from some big pieces of construction paper. The kids glued cotton balls across the tops (and various other places) of the stockings.  All the kids participated in this project. This was the twins first experience with glue.

Stockings

Christmas Trees

I cut a bunch of strips of green construction paper out. The boys glued them to colored paper. The gluing was extremely stressful for Elisha. He had to have much encouragement and help to finish. The other kids did pretty good. Zion and Hosanna even created their own trees – with some help of course.

Christmas Trees

Stars In The Sky

The kids created stars out of chalk on black construction paper. The twins liked this one – Zion’s star even looked like the star of the east. This was an easy activity, but it caused great stress to Malachi (who finally came around).

Stars

I would love to try more challenging art projects with the kids, but art – gluing and cutting – causes so much stress in my kids that we keep it simple and try to enjoy it as much as possible. Now, just so you know… I am all for doing your best and not worrying about the end result. My kids all have sensory issues to varying degrees and they are perfectionists (as if you couldn’t tell that already). It is far more important to me that you try and just do your best.

Our home looks like an art gallery now. It is so colorful and bright for Christmas.

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