Helping my son catch up, suggestions/ideas?
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April 15th, 2012, 05:19 AM
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: The Lonestar State
Welcome!! I have a 6 year old with SPD and motor delays (no speech delays). We've been doing therapy since he was born.
Can you describe the SPD issues he's having? My son's issues are with sound and light, primarily.
Do you think your son has any sort of cognitive delay, or is it only speech? (Will you be able to tell if he's learning what you're trying to teach if he can't tell it back to you?) For learning letters and sounds, I recommend Leapfrog DVDs (not free), starfall.com (free), progressivephonics.com (free), and letteroftheweek.com (free). For handwriting, you can find free printables online, but I'd really suggest a program called Handwriting w/o Tears. (Many OT offices use this also.) You can find the workbooks at most teacher supply stores or you can order online. I usually don't recommend buying the entire kit, but you might consider it in this case. I only buy the workbooks (about $10 each, and with 1-2 pages a day, they'll last 3-6 months).
The most important thing is to read, read, read! Sit together and read picture books a lot. Speak very clearly, and point to the words while you're reading.
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