Because sensorimotor and environmental factors have a profound effect on children's learning, every teacher and occupational therpist should know how to weave strategies from occupational therapy (OT) into the everyday academic instruction. This is the guidebook K-3 teachers and OTs need to form effective partnerships with each other in their schools--so all students can achieve their full potential. A clear and reader-friendly guide from an OT with nearly 35 years of classroom experience, "Teaching the Moving Child" gives elementary educators the solid foundation of knowledge they need to:
(1) maximize the link between movement and learning;
(2) meet the needs of students with sensory processing issues;
(3) improve students' writing skills;
(4) facilitate children's fine motor ability;
(5) optimize learning;
(6) promote imaginative play;
(7) recognize and minimize students' stress;
(8) decrease restlessness and increase attention; and
(9) collaborate skillfully with OTs.
(1) Crossing Paths--Foundations of a Collaborative Prevention Model;
(2) Movement, Occupation, and Learning;
(3) Little Hands in School;
(4) When Little Hands Write;
(5) Seven Senses In School;
and (6) The Knowledge-Sharing Team in Action.
A list of references, study guide, and index are included.