Starting School ? – 6 Top tips


Starting School - 6 top tips

Starting School

6 Top Tips from paediatric occupational therapist to prepare your Child for starting school

Sleep

  • Approx 2 weeks before starting school you should start and continue a bedtime routine, this will ensure your child is getting sufficient sleep to facilitate learning.

Development

  • You should help your child become aware of right/left foot and corresponding shoes. Have your child practice putting on/off shoes.
  • Encourage your child to sit and focus on 5 or 6 adult directed tasks, for example you pick a jigsaw and have your child complete the jigsaw, this is important for your child’s academic developmental progress.
  • Encourage your child to identify front/back of jumper, trousers for eg tag goes to the back.
  • Place a sheet of paper on wall at your child’s eye level. Encourage your child to draw rainbows, balloons using his hands and paints. Great for developing skills needed for handwriting.
  • Encourage your child to practice wiping his/her bottom and to know when bottom is clean.

Fiona O’Farrell BSc OT is Consultant Paediatric Occupational Therapist Specialising in Development, Sleep and Premature Babies
For information on one to one Consultations www.fionaofarrell.ie

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