Zipping and unzipping suitcases and backpacks.
Stuffing things into suitcases and backpacks.
Holding awkwardly shaped things.
All are challenges that need practice to improve.
It is called motor planning.
Often comes with facial expressions of concentration.
Oh, how to use those fingers and hands as he wrestles with what he wants to do!
Mom shouldn’t help, other than show patience and offer some prompts
(starting with hand-over-hand and always moving toward less).
Here is motor planning practice in his beloved and highly-motivating world of taekwondo.
And you never know when another tool will pop up:
John has recently started talking about his ticket from school.
By now, a well-worn little chunk of paper.
First time ever he has talked about any reward system from school.
So, I ask his teacher what the story is.
It’s a school-wide reward system, recognizing students who demonstrate various aspects of character.
And John earned one.
It goes in and out of his zipper pocket, a treasured possession.
And even that is improving motor planning, right?
So, keep your eyes open for any and all efforts your child makes on doing things with his hands and fingers.
It’s all free therapy.,
Peace be with us,