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22/11/20

Thank you so much for everything you have done, it’s helped get some of our kids connected. https://t.co/yI9vN0MzuD

20/11/20

Year 6 completed the HPAM circuit challenge! How many can you do in 3 minutes? https://t.co/N1oCJjjPEM

20/11/20

The weather is getting colder! Please ensure all children have appropriate coats and shoes for playing outside in the chillier weather.

18/11/20

Families, please check your phones for information on a form that has been uploaded to our website for parents and carers to complete.

17/11/20

We're looking for a parent governor. If you are interested you can find out more details here https://t.co/H6w33Wk98U

14/11/20

On Friday 20th we’ll be celebrating anti-bullying week by wearing odd socks! https://t.co/ov4hssiX6X

14/11/20

Happy Diwali to all our families that are celebrating this weekend. https://t.co/6E61x0KbZl

13/11/20

A huge well done to all our children and staff today! https://t.co/iQb1pb94Gf

13/11/20

Madness in pyjamas https://t.co/CPnMEewGK9

13/11/20

We have been busy reading the rainbow! 🌈 well done to all our children! https://t.co/gZLt2nkgTQ

13/11/20

It’s clearly today! https://t.co/3eca0VSH0w

13/11/20

There’s a bear on the loose! https://t.co/cimYqSmmPf

12/11/20

Remember you can wear spots or pyjamas for tomorrow!

10/11/20

Great tips on supporting reading and language when reading. https://t.co/pHqbBFREW1

08/11/20

Retweetd From Healthy Merton

Merton's has opened on a second day! They are now open on Wednesdays (16:30-18:30) and Thursdays (13:30-15:30). Come along to COLLECT a fresh food parcel and DONATE any good but unwanted food for others to take. https://t.co/1bs4kgKiAy https://t.co/UZ4BTAz0sI

08/11/20

Make sure you understand the pros and cons of Roblox if your child is playing it. https://t.co/wgpGuIPV4t

07/11/20

It’s Children in Need next week! All families should have received details about the day by email. It’s also on our website in the letters section. https://t.co/vgDCfWO4ua

07/11/20

Did you know our website has a Parent and Carer's page. We have a range of support from online internet safety courses to parenting support. Simply go to our website and click Parent and Carers at the top of the page.

07/11/20

Do you know what the age limits and safety ratings are for the apps and websites your children are using? Use https://t.co/ZjM5PJOHA1 to check the guidance and recommendations

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Occupational Therapy

At HPAM, we monitor our children from an early age to ensure they are making good levels of development physically.  If we feel a child is not meeting typical levels of fine or gros motor skills (or other areas of their physical development) the SENCO will talk meet with you to discuss a possible referral to the Occupational Team. 

If you child has an EHCP, they may have an OT package written into their Section F.  If this is the case for your child, our own therapist comes into school once a week to deliver packages to the EHCP children on a rotational basis. 

Occupational Therapy is usually assessed by the NHS.  It is usually when the teacher notices a child is struggling with some physical skills such as buttons on a shirt or kicking a ball.  Occupational Therapy tasks and activities works to improve fine and gross motor skills and motor planning. It can also help kids who struggle with self-regulation and sensory processing. The therapy is tailored to a child’s specific needs. Before it begins, an occupational therapist (an OT) looks at a child’s strengths and challenges, and the tasks that child has trouble with. The OT will then create a program of activities for the child to work on. 

Here are examples of the tasks and skills OTs might focus on:

  • Self-care routines like getting dressed (fine motor skills and motor planning)

  • Writing and copying notes (fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination)

  • Holding and controlling a pencil, using scissors (fine motor skills, motor planning)

  • Throwing and catching (gross motor skills like balance and coordination)

  • Organising their school bag (motor planning, organization skills)

  • Reacting to sensory input (self-regulation skills)

OT consists of exercises and activities to build specific skills that are weak. For example, if a child has very messy handwriting, therapy may include multisensory techniques to help with handwriting. If a child struggles with focus, the therapist might have that child do full-body exercises before sitting down to do homework.

The earlier a child starts OT, the more effective it tends to be. Being able to do basic tasks can also help build up kids’ self-esteem and confidence, which can drop when they are struggling, especially in front of their peers.

Kids who struggle with motor skills tend to be uncoordinated and are often clumsy. Being seen as “different” can put them at risk of being bullied and make them feel like victims.

 

Information adapted and taken from Understood.org

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