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Parenting a Literal Child

It's not just a matter of symantics - for some kids, everything is literal. In parenting several kids with FAS/FAE, I've found that you have to be very careful with your instructions - because they'll be followed!

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Darwin's Basic Skills: Mouse Edition

Darwin’s Basic Skills is non-core curriculum software designed to reward pre-literate children for their curiosity and empower their sense of independent learning.

Comprised of a battery of learning games for safe and appropriate use of computer hardware and software to aid in their ability to learn the lessons their educators prepare, the lessons speak to each player in the language of gaming and play.

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Crystal Drop Ball: Sensory Integration and Balance

Try sitting the child cross-legged on a ball. Hold their hips firmly, and slowly roll the ball from the center out in the forward directions on a gentle angle. Watch to see how (and if) the child compensates for the new angle of their trunk. We want to see the chin tip back towards level with the floor. This signifies the understanding that "upright" is not always determined by the position of the hips relative to the floor, but rather is cued by the relation of the inner ears to the floor. Prompt the child to "sit up straight" both with verbal and demonstrative cues. Once the rolling forward is mastered, work on backwards, side-to-side, and in a gentle circular motion. The see-through ball adds extra fun!

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