All of my students have a difficult time communicating. Some experience difficulty because of speech sound production delays. Some have difficulty because of language delays. And some have difficulty due to motor delays.
Many of the students at our school are from low socioeconomic homes.
The school has a free and reduced-price lunch rate over 68%, over 38% transiency rate, and over 58 homeless students. Our school strives to provide students with the resources and motivation to be successful. We recognize that we must provide the students with resources to meet their basic needs, in addition to providing them with a quality education. In our efforts to give our kids what they need to be successful, we often reach out to our community partners. With on-going community support and the dedication of our amazing school team, our students continue to achieve and make academic gains.
Did you know that talking is a fine motor skill? While saying your pet’s name, notice what your lips, tongue, and jaw are doing. You’ll be amazed by the tiny little movements that happen when saying a single word. Have you ever built with Legos? Think about all of the tiny little movements your fingers need to make to flip, turn, and place the bricks in their desired location.
Motor actions and the language milestones are so closely related that the research suggests that the two parts of the system develop together.
Often, before a language milestone (such as babbling), there is a change in motor actions. This could mean that working the strength and dexterity of muscles in one part of your body (like your hands) could improve the strength and dexterity of your speech mechanism.
Many of my students have shown a strong affinity for building with blocks. I would like to provide them with Legos and Lego idea books to increase their fine motor skills, as well as their communication, perseverance, and ability to follow directions.
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