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Ideas please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

asrvgfu789jbjnb 07 April 2012 10:23
 Dear all,

Please post your ideas on this below:

‘Emily is a three year old with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. She is interested in her environment and tries hard to listen. She enjoys adult attention. She has limited mobility but can walk short distance with adult assistance. She finds it physically difficult to use some toys and demonstrate what she knows.



If you were working with Emily at home how might you encourage her and what type of activities might you do to assess her basic skills and to develop them further?’


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cherri 07 April 2012 11:25
Hi there,

Since you have posted here, I am assuming you are particularly interested in a maths slant.

Can Emily use posting type toys? This would be good to show shape recognition. Even if she cannot always successfully post the shape through the hole, the fact that she tries and which holes she tries helps to assess her understanding. Big jigsaws and the tray sort might help to develop matching skills too. You can get them for all sorts of interests.

In due course, it sounds like Numicon would be a very useful number concept tool for her. http://www.numicon.com/numicon_for/numicon-for-early_years.aspx Sets to use at home and in settings are not that expensive and it would be good for her to have consistency. She would need to simply 'play' with Numicon for a whle - squash into dough, print with it etc etc. Then there are lots of activities to develop her understanding of quantity, including identifying the shapes in a feely bag, and matching.

There are all manner of shape and counting books out there. Sharing those with Emily would give her the adult interaction she likes, then shapes and numbers can be spotted in the environment.

Hope that helps to get you started.
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asrvgfu789jbjnb 07 April 2012 13:39
Dear Cherri,

 Thankyou so much for the idea, is great. 
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