As the school year starts up, children are faced with another year of books, teachers and homework. Parents, on the other hand, deal with ensuring academic success and social participation for their children in addition to helping with science fairs, book reports and math problems. Because Occupational Therapy can help students with and without disabilities to be prepared for and perform important learning and school related activities, the AOTA has several tips to help parents work with their children.
AOTA tips for academic success and social participation include:
- Creating a homework buddy system with another student
- Monitoring the amount of homework and length of time your child takes to complete homework
- Encourage your children to ask questions and express needs in class
- Participate in school activities, PTA or other resources that strengthen child’s sense of belonging
- Communicate with your child’s teachers and administrators
- Encourage extra curricular activities and leadership opportunities for your child
Backpacks: Less is More
Promoting proper posture when it comes to backpacks is another major issue for occupational therapists. Here are a few tips from Consumer Reports to keep in mind for your kids:
- Align the bottom of the backpack with the curve of the lower back and not more than four inches below the waistline
- Get a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps to distribute the weight evenly
- Carry no more that 15 percent of your body weight in the backpack. The less, the better.
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