Because sensorimotor and environmental factors have a profound effect on children's learning, every teacher and occupational therapist 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:
maximize the link between movement and learning;
meet the needs of students with sensory processing issues;
improve students' writing skills;
facilitate children's fine motor ability;
promote imaginative play;
recognize and minimize students' stress;
decrease restlessness and increase attention;
collaborate skillfully with OTs.
Crossing Paths--Foundations of a Collaborative Prevention Model;
Movement, Occupation, and Learning;
Little Hands in School;
When Little Hands Write;
Seven Senses In School;
The Knowledge-Sharing Team in Action.
A list of references, study guide, and index are included.