fine motor skills - homeschooling
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|Sat, 06-14-2003 - 6:07pm|
Also - music. He just ended his 2nd year of piano and he's pretty good at it (except at recitals b/c he hates playing in front of people). His teacher was disappointed when I said we most likely wouldn't be continuing next year w/ ds b/c he's bored with it and wants to stop. She said what I already know - he's good at it. So I've thought about it. And I really think continuing piano would be good for his fine motor skills as well. He wanted to do the harmonica (we found a guy in town that teaches it) and that sounds like a lot of fun but it doesn't really improve areas he needs. He's frustrated I think at continuing piano another year if I decide but he's not angry about it. He just doesn't want to do it anymore b/c it's something he doesn't like. I'd like to have him continue w/ piano for at least another year while also doing fine motor exercises (if I could find some to do) - and then moving him to guitar. (Which he also wants to learn to play but I already know it's futile to start him there right now - we agreed to wait a year). They have these little guitar tools - things you use to strengten your fingers (not sure what they are called or what they really are - dh told me about them) and we're thinking of using those to help get him ready for guitar but also to strengthen his fingers.
Do you guys know of any other exercises we can do to help him in this area? I requested an OT eval from the school (they didn't do it w/ the ARD) but it was at the end of the year so I probably won't get that eval til September. All I really want is to talk w/ someone that does OT that can give me exercises to do at home to improve his dexterity and strength and mobility. Any advice there?