Oct
11
10:00 AM10:00

Fine Motor Week at Brush and Needle!

On October 11th we will meet at Brush and Needle Studio where our friend Katya will encourage our little ones in their fine motor skills and tactile play while having fun and getting messy. The cost for this event is $15 per child.

Please dress your child in something you don’t mind getting covered in paint!

Address: 2225 Marietta Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30318

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Proprioception

Our proprioceptive system has its foundations in our muscles and joints.  It sends information to our brain about how our body is moving and with how much force our muscles are acting.  So if your child has a difficult time doing things either too forcefully or without enough pressure, then they aren’t getting adequate information from their proprioceptive system.  Proprioception is also universally calming, so no matter what your child’s sensory makeup or preferences, these activities are GREAT for any child for setting them up because of the calming endorphins that are released when doing these activities.

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Vestibular Posture

This week is vestibular posture week.  Your vestibular system is important for movement, as we talked about last week, but it also is what controls your posture and your balance.  This is a big part of our emotional security, as we feel like we can navigate our environment without falling or tripping.

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Vestibular Movement

Your vestibular system is in your inner ear…so think it’s the sensory system that tells you when your head is moving.  Acting like a gyroscope in a plane to tell it how high off the ground it is, what direction it’s moving, etc.  During group this week, we will do activities that put our head into different positions, at different heights.  This system is what forms the foundation for our balance as well as the resting state of our muscles (postural control).  It also is VERY important for our emotional regulation as it is next door neighbors to our emotional system, our limbic system.

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Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Calming Week

This week is calming week.  There are different types of input that are universally calming for all kiddos, and then there are some activities that are calming due to your child’s sensory make-up.  We are going to focus this week on universally calming input.  Knowing how to set our children up for success can help them remain calm throughout the day!

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Tactile

Our tactile system is used mainly to give us an understanding of where our body is in space, and to give us information about what is touching us.  This system works consciously when we touch something, when we are touched, and when something unexpected happens (wind blows, bump into something, etc.).  It acts unconsciously as we wear our clothes, etc.  This means our brain is getting information even when we aren’t aware of it.  This is extremely important in our child’s emotional development as having a strong tactile system gives us a sense of security and belonging.

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Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Preschool Readiness

In order to prepare for preschool, we must be able to perform basic developmental skills related to fine motor, visual processing, and auditory processing.  A lot of early learning deals with manipulatives, where we use our hands like crafts, scissor skills, early drawing, etc.  Most or all of our instruction in school is given by visuals or by verbal instruction, so verbal and auditory processing are essential.

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Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Olfactory/Gustatory

Our Smell and Taste are neurologically linked, and 70% of our smell is taste, which is why when you have a cold you can’t smell anything!  We are also going to do muscular movements with our mouth.  It’s interesting to note, if you have all the skills needed to eat then you think it’s something simple you just do, it’s largely unconscious skill.  But if you have a deficit, it’s why feeding causes a lot of anxiety and avoidance with kiddos.

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Auditory

Our auditory system is in our inner ear with our vestibular system and gives us information on sounds but also about space, acting as a sonar to tell us unconsciously how big a room is and how many items are in a room.

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Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Fine Motor Week

This week is fine motor week.  Fine motor skills are just any activity that you do that requires you to use the small muscles that start and end in your hand.  Just like how gross motor skills (walking, climbing, crawling) require big muscles, fine motor skills require small muscles.  There are three main areas that we are going to look at that influence the development of fine motor skills, and each of the group activities will focus on one of these areas: shoulder strength and stability, tactile processing, and finger isolation.

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Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Visual

When we think about vision, we often only think about acuity or the ability to see clearly (20/20).  BUT there is much more that goes into our sight.  First we have to be able to move our eyes in a coordinated way, which is referred to as ocular motor.  Then our brain needs to understand and process what you are seeing, also known as visual perception.  Finally we use this visual information to make a motor movement, also referred to as visual motor or eye hand coordination skills.  So most of the activities today will teach you about these three areas of our vision.  It’s important to know that all of these three areas are VERY important for academic success.

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Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Proprioception

Our proprioceptive system has its foundations in our muscles and joints.  It sends information to our brain about how our body is moving and with how much force our muscles are acting.  So if your child has a difficult time doing things either too forcefully or without enough pressure, then they aren’t getting adequate information from their proprioceptive system.  Proprioception is also universally calming, so no matter what your child’s sensory makeup or preferences, these activities are GREAT for any child for setting them up because of the calming endorphins that are released when doing these activities.

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Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

Vestibular Posture

This week is vestibular posture week.  Your vestibular system is important for movement, as we talked about last week, but it also is what controls your posture and your balance.  This is a big part of our emotional security, as we feel like we can navigate our environment without falling or tripping.

View Event →
Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Vestibular Movement

Your vestibular system is in your inner ear…so think it’s the sensory system that tells you when your head is moving.  Acting like a gyroscope in a plane to tell it how high off the ground it is, what direction it’s moving, etc.  During group this week, we will do activities that put our head into different positions, at different heights.  This system is what forms the foundation for our balance as well as the resting state of our muscles (postural control).  It also is VERY important for our emotional regulation as it is next door neighbors to our emotional system, our limbic system.

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