We take a whole-child approach to fine motor, literacy, executive functioning and overall academic enrichment. We work together to meet the intellectual, social, behavioral, and emotional needs of each and every child we serve.
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HIGH5 IS COMMITTED TO ENHANCING THE WELLNESS AND MINDFULNESS OF EVERY CHILD PROVIDING UNIQUE, INDIVIDUALLY SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS, CLASSES AND GROUPS.
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High Five Hand Skills is multi-faceted in that we can help any child. High Five Hand Skills is for your family if your child has a diagnosis of (not limited to) Developmental Coordination Disorder, Autism, Developmental Delay, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, or any Genetic Anomaly. High Five Hand Skills is also for your family if your child is having mild difficulties in school in areas such as handwriting, cutting, copying from board, organization, planning, etc. High Five Hand Skills can also serve as an enrichment service in many areas, also including handwriting, coloring, cutting, organization, planning and self regulation.
Occupational therapy practitioners work to improve children's skills in the following areas. You may decide to send your child to High Five Hand Skills because they are have significant to mild difficulty with (not limited to):
- Crossing the Midline: The midline is an imaginary line that goes down the middle of our body from head to toe. Children are expected to reach across to the opposite side of the body with either hand spontaneously without difficulty.
- Decreased hand strength- In my experience this is a major cause of poor handwriting skills. High Five Hand Skills incorporates gross motor skills prior to fine motor skill work to address upper body strength.
- Bilateral coordination- This is the coordinated use of both sides of the body at once to perform a functional task i.e. cutting, using a knife and fork, tearing paper, clapping, etc.
- Visual perception- This is considered a cognitive skill that precedes visual motor and fine motor skills. Visual perception is the ability to process and comprehend visual instructions and directions. For example: A child is shown a small, red square and a large, blue square. Within an activity, the child must understand that given the difference, the square is still a square no matter the orientation, size or color. Visual perceptual skills also allow children to find things in a crowded background and to be able to identify a familiar item or shape even if something is missing from its parts. Visual perception is an important part of visual motor and fine motor development because in order to direct your hands, your eyes must understand what they are seeing first.
- Motor planning- Organizing and planning your movements for activity completion
- Letter/number formations
- Decreased body awareness (child appears clumsy or presents with decreased safety awareness)
- Visual motor Skills- The ability for the eyes and hands to complete important tasks together
- Postural control
- Decreased ability to copy from the board
High Five Hand Skills can also help with:
- Need for sensory diet within the classroom due to poor self-regulation skills
- Need for appropriate classroom accommodations
- Advocacy for families attempting to obtain services for their children in the private school sector
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High Five Hand Skills is a BCBS Provider