3 March 2017: Practical Workshop on Fine motor skills

Presenter: Megan Sundgren (Occupational Therapist)

Fine motor skills in the class room

Fine motor skills in the class room

Practical workshop on fine motor skills: 3 March 2017

Dear teachers/ parents

We will be presenting the follow- up workshop on Fine Motor Skills on 3 March 2017. This workshop will not give the theory on fine motor skills, as this was done during our workshop in September 2016. It will only revise the theory and focus more on practical sessions with regards to activities discussed at our previous workshop.

Teachers and parents can attend this practical, even if they missed the theoretical workshop but are reminded that we won’t be covering the theory in detail this time.

Please find the invitation and RSVP form on the attached documents for our practical workshop that will be held on Friday, 3 March 2017 at HAPPY DAYS PRE PRIMARY.


PLEASE NOTE:  Due to limited space, there are only 48 spaces and booking will only be confirmed once payment has been received on/ before 24 Feb. 2017.

Please fill in the application form and ensure payment is made on/ before 24 Feb. 2017.

Cost: R150 per person

Venue: Happy Days Pre Primary, Reservoir Road, Somerset West

We are looking forward to doing some awesome fine motor activities with you on 3 March!


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Application Form

For more information and details about workshop:

Invitation Practical FM workshop


ADHD and SI Workshop: 21 October 2016


ADHD& SI workshop on 21 October 2016

Thank you to all the teachers who attended Friday’s workshop.


Please follow these links for useful handouts:


Tips for the classroom:


10 TIPS for living better with ADHD:



Strengths of having ADHD:

Celebrate the Strengths of ADHD!

Healthy eating options:


Diet {Outlined}

What is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)



Our next workshop PRACTICAL FINE MOTOR WORKSHOP will be in January 2017

Watch this space for the date and venue






Characteristics of Hypotonia (Low Tone) in Children

Low Tone in Children

Low Tone in Children:

The term hypotonia is often used to describe children with low muscle tone, yet it remains abstract and undefined.  So many children today are diagnosed with “low muscle tone “.  What is low muscle tone?  How can it be described and identified?  How does it influence a child’s development?  What are the characteristics of hypotonia?  The following research report identifies some of the characteristics of children with hypotonia.


The Abstract from the article is as follows:

The term hypotonia is often used to describe children with reduced muscle tone, yet it remains abstract and undefined. The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics of children with hypotonia to begin the process of developing an operational definition of hypotonia. Three hundred physical and occupational therapists were systematically selected from the memberships of the Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Developmental Delay Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association and asked to complete an open-ended survey exploring characteristics of strength, endurance, mobility, posture, and flexibility. The response rate was 26.6%. Forty-six physical therapists and 34 occupational therapists participated. The criterion for consensus about a characteristic was being mentioned by at least 25% of respondents from each discipline. The consensus was that children with hypotonia have decreased strength, decreased activity tolerance, delayed motor skills development, rounded shoulder posture, with leaning onto supports, hypermobile joints, increased flexibility, and poor attention and motivation. An objective tool for defining and quantifying hypotonia does not exist. A preliminary characterization of children with hypotonia was established, but further research is needed to achieve objectivity and clarity.

Low Tone in Children: Typical Sitting Posture

With thanks to Kathy Martin, Jill Inman, Abby Kirschner, KatieDeming, Rachel Gumbel and Lindsey Voelker

Save the Date: Fine Motor Practical for teachers

Fine motor skills in the class room

Fine motor skills in the class room


Save the Date: Fine Motor Practical Workshop for Teachers


As a follow up of our Fine Motor Skills workshop that took place on 9 September 2016 we will be having a practical session during Term 1 of 2017.


Venue: to be confirmed

For enquiries please contact: Maré Smit at maretraining@gmail.com