- Be sure your child has physical activity after school. Time outside is ideal. Free time to just play can really recharge a child's brain from a day of structure. Self-directed play is a great way to work the creativity parts of the brain!
- Have snacks available during study time. Things to chew, suck and crunch actually help the brain to pay attention, focus and learn.
- Do memory tasks while a child does rhythmic movement, i.e. sitting on a ball and bouncing or jumping up and down while they spell a word or learn math. Rhythm lays down memory faster!
- Try watching the MeMoves DVD! Have the family do one set of the exercises on the DVD. It very quickly calms everyone down, and gets the brain ready to learn. This is good for preschool- through high school-aged children!
- Some children need absolute quiet to concentrate. Other children really benefit from playing music with a consistent beat. Ideas:Baroque for Modulation, Sacred Earth Drums, Calming Rhythms.
This blog was contributed by Nancy Lawton-Shirley, OTR/L who will be teaching the two-day Session H. CranioSacral Applications in Pediatrics. Nancy owns Points of Stillness, which offers occupational therapy at Healing Waters Health Center in Hudson, WI.