Commonly Asked Questions

Functional Skills

Considerations, strategies and suggestions to try

Improving and sustaining upright postural control at a desk

Check fit and height of desk/chair for proper foot support, position chair at direct angle and cue to slide in to approximate desk, try cushion/wedge/fidget, try different dynamic chair, alternate a standing desk position

Improving and sustaining upright postural control on floor

Try wedge or cushion, cue a different floor position - “mountain, criss cross, mermaid (side sit), engage in upper extremity activity to engage posture - reach high or action song midway in carpet time

Reciprocal stair climbing - improving ability to fluidly and safely keep up with class

Use color tape as a visual cue for alternating feet, demonstrate and model, provide hand held practice, try placing in different location in line - front/back/middle, verbally cue feet - “kindergarten steps, big steps, righty lefty”

Safely transitioning or sitting at cafeteria table

Practice first transitioning and sitting at the end portion of the bench (versus stepping over), provide foot support for upright positioning, cue to transition in/out with lunch resting on table

Maintaining spacing with peers in line and hallways

Instruct in proper spacing position while standing in place in hall, demonstrate with arm length, try different location in line - front/middle/back, use transition object temporarily to guide spacing (holding rope)

Walking with direct forward progression in hall

Provide a visual line to follow, cue to visually attend to object/child in front of them, try placing child in different location - front/middle/end, adult walk along side to guide position

Skipping and galloping with peers

Slow the movement down, label the actions “step, hop”, provide a side by side or hand held model

Improved timing and coordination with movement videos and action songs

Slow video speed down, provide adult or peer model, preview and demonstrate actions before the song

Improved accuracy with catching and throwing activities with peers

Move closer together, use softer or larger ball or stuffed animal, sit down, give larger target (box), cue “point, step, throw”, make the ball come from a predictable person, call name and get eye contact first

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