#143 - Teach The Skill, Not The Goal

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By Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L, Rachel Harrington, AC, and Jessica Hill. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

As parents, therapists, and teachers, we have specific goals we want our kids to be able to achieve, whether it’s something like brushing their teeth at home, drinking water from an open cup, or working on their handwriting.

What we don’t always think about are those underlying skills that we need them to establish before they can actually work on and achieve those specific goals.

Today, on All Things Sensory, we are going to talk about how to address those underlying skills for specific goals. Some of these underlying skills include bilateral integration, primal stability, coordination, strength, visual perception, and attention, and these are just a few!

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Key Points From This Episode:

  • How we decide on the goals we want to achieve and how they drive our sessions.
  • Why it is important for your child to master underlying skills related to the specific task you are working on.
  • Some underlying skills as it relates to a “buttoning” example, such as bilateral integration, coordination, strength, and fine motor skills.
  • How empathy plays into these sessions; why you need to know what the child is dealing with.
  • Defining the underlying skills and what they entail.
  • The ones we often forget: postural control and proximal stability.
  • What it means when we say “proximal stability before distal control.”
  • Primitive reflex integration; without integration, you’ll have trouble using your arms and hands.
  • Practicing buttoning: the child needs confidence in their ability to button in all environments.
  • Other examples of how you can address different skills that are required for different tasks.
  • Cup drinking: bilateral integration (Zoom ball), catching and throwing, mid-range control (Jenga), and convergence (Zoom ball).
  • Sequencing letters in handwriting: visual perception and spatial relations (draw a person, Where is Waldo), sensory using different tactile mediums, and memory.
  • Brushing your teeth: proximal stability, grasp (rope pulling/ monkey bars), sequencing (visual schedules), and oral motor skills (blowing, sucking, spitting).

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