Pediatric Therapy Corner: An OT Weighs in with Tips for Reading Readiness
As an occupational therapist, I’ve found that the act of reading relies on many underlying developmental components connected to occupational therapy.
When elementary students between first and fifth grades are physically overstimulated or emotionally dysregulated, you may see rushed reading, difficulty visually scanning words, decreased comprehension, skipping lines, decreased visual focus, choosing books above their level and flipping through pages, decreased stamina, and work avoidance (e.g., getting up to go to the bathroom when they had recently had a bathroom break, looking for something in their backpack, going to speak to a friend, etc.).
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