HAWKESBURY EARLY HECIS CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION SERVICE POINTS OF INTER- REST T E R M 3 2 0 1 0 • Dates to Remember! • Getting ready for Big School! What’s happening at HECIS? • Sensory Well HECIS is busy!!!! Margaret - Monday HECIS would also like Intergration - Waiting list are now at to say a big “thank you” What Is It? to all who attended the • weeks. Bored with Social Skills workshop. your Room? Work days are as All feedback from the • On the Web follows: evening has been really Rebecca - Monday to positive and some great • HECIS Play- group Thursday ideas to implement Sheron - Tuesday and were taken back to Wednesday centres to use. Our team will be If you have any ideas for Jenny - Monday and increasing with a new any further workshops Friday worker in August who or training that you Cara - Tuesday to will be working 4 days a would like to see held Friday week. We all look in our area please feel Paula - Monday to forward to our new free to email us at team member joining email@example.com Friday us. Important Dates to Remember… Applications for Applications for Early HECIS Committee Support Classes close intervention Class at Meeting - on 27th of August Sth Windsor close on ALL WELCOME!!!!! 2010 the 22nd of October Tuesday 10th of August Applications for ISP 2010 2010 funding for 2011 close on PAGE 2 Getting Ready for School... We are getting to that time of names. • Draws a person and the year when we start think- • Knows age and birth basic shapes. ing about all our “big Chil- date. dren” going off to school next • Asks for help and/or ask • Cuts out a simple year. Here are some great questions. shape. things to think about and work • Recognises own be- on before the big day arrives! longings. • Interacts comfortably • Sits and listens with- with children and adults. • Independently takes care out distraction for a of toileting needs. reasonable amount of Adapted from the information • Takes care of personal time. at hygiene e.g. washes and • Completes a task dries hands; blows nose. without needing lots of http://www.beaconhill- • Eats independently. prompting from teacher. p.schools.nsw.edu.au/starting- • Finds and takes care of school/general-kindergarten- personal belongings. • Holds a pencil or readiness-skills.html crayon with correct grip. • Knows first and last Sensory Intergration - What Is It? "Children are While many parents have heard of attention deficit disorder, few parents are aware of how their child's relationship to his senses, can affect his physical development. All children and great imitators. So adults, in one way or another have sensory sensitivities. There will always be certain smells that make one person feel sick and do not bother someone else, or a certain sound that makes give them a person's skin crawl while it does not affect someone else. But what many parents and something great professionals do not realize, is that there are children for whom this sensitivity keeps them from learning in a classroom or at home. to imitate." In fact, in addition to the five senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight, there are two Anon. more senses that are also essential to a child's development: the movement sense (vestibular) and position in space (proprioception). All seven of these senses need to properly take in information from the environment and organize them in a way that our bodies can use. This is called sensory integration. Sometimes there are imbalances in this system that can lead to over or under sensitivity in one or several of these areas. Being either over or under sensitive in one or several of these seven areas can affect a child's ability to perform physical tasks. Here are some examples: • Touch - A child might be sensitive to the feel of objects against his skin. He might hate activities such as dress up, pretend play with makeup, or arts and craft activities that involve working with play dough or clay. A child who is overly sensitive to touch may overreact when touched even lightly on the shoulder by a teach or a friend. A child who is underlie sensitive may have no reaction if he falls or hurts himself. • Smell - A child might react strongly to unusual or strong smells or not seem to notice even unusual smells such as food burning or gas leaking. • Taste - Some children are particularly sensitive to the taste of different foods. PAGE 3 • Position in Space - • Movement - an overly Some children have sensitive child may fear difficulty evaluating how climbing on a jungle gym, much space is needed to and have difficulty with reach a certain item. This gross motor activities. An would include putting a peg- underlie sensitive child may board down on the table be fidgety, jump on the without tipping it over, judg- couch all afternoon, and ing if there is room for a have difficulty sitting down child to crawl underneath a to do table activities such as • Sight - Strong lights or jungle gym and sitting down a puzzle. certain types of colours may on the center of the chair. A bother a child. child who seems to eternally “The most Who to see? An Occupational "miss the chair" when sitting Therapist. They can asses the effective • Hearing - A child may down may be having child and prescribe a Sensory kind of be disturbed by sudden or difficulty in this area. Diet to help regulate the child’s education is loud noises. senses. that a child should play amongst lovely Bored with your Room??? things.” Plato— Ancient Greek • Avoid having any "blind • Pull equipment away from • Having a warm and Philosopher spots" or areas where children the walls. Utilize your inviting preschool classroom is cannot be seen. equipment to create "nooks" useful for many reasons. Your and to visually invite people to goal should be getting children • Separate quiet and loud come all the way into the to enjoy coming to preschool areas so that children can classroom everyday. Enhancing their respect each other’s play ability to learn. Parents will experiences. • Make sure that your also feel more comfortable environment offers many leaving their child in your care diverse opportunities to if your room looks welcoming. • Create a soft, quiet area where a child can choose to be explore different textures and alone. tactile experiences. On the Web... Need to make some • http:// Social Stories and • http:// www.visualaidsfor need some Visuals as region2library.org/ learning.com/ well. Here are a few SocialStories.htm products/ sites with some great index.htm resources. • http:// www.squidoo.com • http:// • http:// /social_stories www.dotolearn.co www.makebeliefs m/ comix. com/ Hawkesbury Early Childhood Intervention Service 12 Stewart St Sth Windsor 2756 NSW Phone: 45877277 Fax: 45877277 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hecis.org.au HECIS Playgroup... HECIS Playgroup is still the Playgroup to any place for Parents and running every school Term families that access your Carers to come and meet on Mondays between 10 centre. The playgroup is a other Families in a safe and am and 12pm. fantastic , safe place for welcoming environment This is a FREE service and children to come and from their local area, who we welcome anyone to explore and practice their are also meeting the attend who as any skills . It is also a fantastic challenges of navigating the concerns about any aspect different therapies and of their child’s situations that they now development. The find themselves in having a Playgroup can be a gentle child or children with way of beginning what can additional needs. be a somewhat difficult journey for some of our Families. So feel free to give out a Outdoor play time at HECIS flyer or information about Playgroup!