Children have an in-built need to play which begins when they are babies. Play is vital for developing language, thinking, motor skills and social skills. As children grow and develop the type of play they enjoy changes too. Providing the right kinds of play opportunities for your child’s age and stage of development can greatly enhance their learning and skill development.
Last week we posted our first part in our series of school holiday activities. We trust that you and your families have had fun experimenting with these activities. Here is the next list of activities for you to try in the second week of the school holidays.
At Talking Matters we believe learning to communicate should be enjoyable for children and their families. In the next two blogs we’ve included lots of ideas on how these activities can be used to develop children’s skills while they think they are just having fun. The activities can be adapted and changed according to your child’s age and skill level and we have included ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children.
The evaluation of visual perception determines whether the child is able to correctly interpret and react to sensory information that is perceived through their eyes (what s/he sees). Correct visual processing forms an important foundation for later skills such as reading, copying, writing, visual attention, concentration and word building abilities.
Talking Matters also offers workshops and professional development sessions to assist educators and families in developing their skills in assisting children. Sessions are planned and run at the Talking Matters office during the year. Training sessions and workshops are also possible at your site so please contact us if you would like to discuss this option.
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