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Ideas for Families

We have added a new section for families on the Active Learning Space site!  We are especially grateful to Sarah Lundgren, Lori Enroth, Maribel Gardea, and others for sharing ideas and videos of some of the things they have tried at home with their own children.  

While we hope that families will find information in lots of different places on the site, we wanted to create a special section with information and ideas to try at home.  Some of the tips (which also hold true for teachers and therapists) include:
  • Do what you can and start where you are!
  • Don't let cost be an obstacle.
  • Organize the environment to encourage exploration.
  • Invite families and friends to contribute.
  • Help children learn to entertain themselves.
  • Allow time for practice.
The photo below shows an example of a pegboard activity wall that has been mounted next to a bed.  This turned out to be a great solution for a family whose child did not like to stay in bed.
We have included pages for younger learners, as well as older learners.  We also invite you to read Planning and Supporting a More Active Life at Home by David Wiley, a transition specialist with Texas Deafblind Outreach and fill out the Activity Planning Sheet.

We will be adding more videos and other resources to this section, so be sure you continue to check back!  Let us know if you have ideas you'd like to share.
Exploring gel beads on a bathmat
This video shows a young boy exploring gel or water beads on a bathmat at home.  This is a great example demonstrating that activities don't have to be expensive or complicated!
Did you miss our September webinar: The Comprehending Hand: Fine Motor Development?  It's now available online and we invite you to watch it.

Join Our Next Webinar!

We are hosting a series of three study group webinars during the 2018-2019 school year for teachers, therapists, families, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Active Learning.  All of our webinars are free, but you must register for each individual session.  They will be recorded and archived on our site for viewing at a later date.  You can watch them later for delayed viewing credit.

January 24, 2019:  Constructive Play 

This is the second of a 3-part series presented by Patty Obrzut and Jessica McCavit, who are both Occupational Therapists at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.  This session will focus on Constructive Play for learners in the Preoperational Stage (starting at approximately at the developmental level of two years).
       Register now
4:00-5:00 EDT
3:00-4:00 CDT
2:00-3:00 MDT
1:00-2:00 PDT

We welcome participants from around the world and will be happy to help you figure out what time it will be in your local area, should you wish to participate in the live broadcast.

April 18, 2019:  Oral Motor Activities

This is the third of a 3-part series presented by Patty Obrzut and Jessica McCavit, who are both Occupational Therapists at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.  This session will focus on Oral Motor activities.

Upcoming Training Events

Nov. 5-6:  Active Learning Conference, Southgate, Michigan
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