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Future Horizons – In-Sync Activity Cards

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I am very excited to have partnered with Future Horizons, Inc. and Sensory World, leaders in providing information and resources about Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism and Asperger Syndrome.  I recently received a set of In-Sync Activity Cards and was thrilled to try them out.  When I first looked at the cards I was glad to see the sensory activities required very minimal or no ‘equipment.’  My favorite activity only requires a paper plate!

The activity cards are developed by Joye Newman, MA and Carol Kranowitz, MA.  Joye Newman is perceptual motor therapist and the founder and director of Kids Moving Company.  Carol Kranowitz is the author of the classics Out of Sync Child and Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun. The In-Sync Activity Cards are based on their book Growing an In-Synch Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn and Grow.

I was impressed with the range of activities and how they can be adapted and extended depending on the individual’s needs.  50 different activities are organized according to beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.  The activity cards give ‘What to Look Fors’ and clearly describes the sensory systems and skills are targeted.

For example, ‘Wall Ball’ involves moving a tennis ball with your hands at shoulder height across a masking taped line on a wall.  The materials are only masking tape, a tennis ball and a wall.  The skills you develop are “directionality (for writing in cursive), proprioception (for squeezing paint out of a tube), tactile processing (for handling classroom tools, such as scissors and crayons) and visual processing (for writing on lined paper).” (Quoted from activity card)

As a special education teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder I found the activities to be very easy to use in the classroom.  As the instructional leader in my classroom, I work with different teaching assistants and volunteers.  The easy-to-follow instructions of the cards make the activities possible for support staff to lead students through with minimal direction on my part.  The activities are quick, easy to do, and very easy to teach to students and staff alike.

One of our classroom program goals is to promote greater independence and active involvement in daily living tasks.  I find many of my students do not have a sense of their bodies or limbs in space, and are ‘reluctant movers’.

Many activities (such as Slippery Slidey’, where a student slides a paper plate on the ground with their foot), provide visual support for the individual to attempt the movement (i.e. ‘move the plate to the front’).  Some of my students progressed from simply dragging their toe on the ground to actually pressing weight on their foot while maintaining a ‘flat foot’ in order to move the paper plate!

As a parent of children with sensory processing issues (one hyposensitive and one with full sensory processing disorder) I really appreciate that these activities can be easily done at home.  Some, such as creating a ‘Car Wash’ are just fun ideas that any child would love.  The bonus is that doing the activities helps develop sensory and perceptual skills.

Discount Opportunity:

As a reader you have opportunity to receive a 15% discount and FREE shipping in Continental U.S. on most purchases on Future Horizons website, including conferences!  You also have the opportunity to receive 15% off shipping on Sensory World site.  Just use the coupon code HALFPAST in checking out.

You can purchase the In-Sync Activity Cards directly though Sensory World and save 15% by using the coupon code HALFPAST at check out.

Disclaimer

I was sent a few books and a set of In-Synch Activity Cards resource for review. All opinions are my own.  I will be posting reviews of the books shortly.  If you purchase items using the coupon code HALFPAST through Sensory World or Future Horizons I will receive a small percentage of the purchase amount. 

But the bottom line is these are amazing resources from an excellent provider.  Be sure to check them out!   

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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory Processing Disorder was previously called Sensory Intergration Disorder (SID).  This is when sensory stimuli is experienced as too intense or too mild compared to typical peers.

Check out this video from http://www.sensorystreet.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6O6Cm0WxEZA

 

Carol Stock Kranowitz is a pioneer in this field.

This is her website: http://out-of-sync-child.com/

Books about Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Stock Kranowitz, C. (2003) The Out-of-Synch Child Has Fun: activities for kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Pedigree, USA

Stock Kranowitz, C,  (revised 2005) The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Processing Disorder

From http://out-of-sync-child.com/

For 25 years, I taught at St. Columba’s Nursery School in Washington, DC.  Most preschoolers loved my classes involving music, movement, and dramatic play. Every day, small groups of three-, four-, and five-year-olds would come to my room to play, move, and learn. They happily pounded on drums and xylophones, sang and clapped, danced and twirled. They shook beanbags, manipulated puppets, and enacted fairy tales. They waved the parachute, played musical follow-the-leader games, and flowed through obstacle courses. They swooped like kites, stomped like elephants, and melted like snowmen.

Most children enjoy such activities because they have effective sensory processing—the ability to organize sensory information for use in daily life. They take in sensations of touch, movement, sight, and sound coming from their bodies and the world around them, and they respond in a well-regulated way.

Some children, however, such as Andrew, Ben, and Alice, did not enjoy coming to my classroom. Faced with the challenge of sensory-motor experiences, they became tense, unhappy, and confused. They refused to participate in the activities, or did so ineffectively, and their behavior disrupted their classmates’ fun. They are the children for whom this book is written.

Other Sensory Processing Disorder Resources:

Sensory Processing Disorder Canada Foundation http://www.spdcanada.org/

Sensory Street http://www.sensorystreet.com/

Outstanding resource for learning about sensory processing disorder and strategies to deal with out-of-synch kids

Smith, K. & Grouze, K. (2004) The Sensory Sensitive Child: Practical solutions for out of bounds behaviour. William Morrow, USA

Talmage, K. & Dobrofsk, V. (2007) Climbing Art Obstacles in Autism, Tasks Galore Publishing Inc., USA

Great step-by step projects with senosry expectations clearly identified (so you can plan a lesson based on the senses you want to explore)

Yack, E., Sutton, S. and P. Aquilla (1998)  Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration: occupational therapy for children with Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Print 3, Willowdale, ON 

THIS IS THE BEST CANADIAN RESOURCE CURRENTLY IN PRINT! (Yes, the authors are awesome too!)

 Veenendall, J. (2008) Arnie and his School Tools: Simple sensory solutions that build success, Autism Asperger Publishing Company, USA

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