The ABC Series from Skill Builder Books helps children build foundational functional skills through playful activities that target fine motor, sensory, and gross motor development.
When it comes to kids, we all know that one size does not fit all.
From clothing, to parenting approaches, to therapeutic activities, all kids have their own unique requirements and each benefits from different strategies. The adults in children’s lives also have individualized needs, with parents, teachers, and therapists all benefiting from varied information and tools.
The ABC Series from Skill Builder Books
While it is impossible for one size to fit all, it is possible for resources to have something for everyone. The ABC Series from Skill Builder Books – which includes Fine Motor ABC, Sensory ABC, and Gross Motor ABC – is designed to do just.
The ABC Series from Skill Builder Books includes:
-Skill building activities targeting fine motor, sensory, and gross motor components
-Concise information regarding how to help kids develop skills and why those skills matter
-Alphabet focus to facilitate literacy development
-26 unique tasks in each resource to encourage functional skill development
-Sign language to support kinesthetic learning
-Large colored photographs to clearly show how to do each activity
-Rhyming words to reinforce cognitive development
-Child-friendly, engaging text to get kids interested
-Adult text to highlight the importance of each activity
-Shared adult and child experience to encourage interaction and learning together
-Available in print (all three resources together) and ebook (individual resources or as a bundle) formats
Because of their unique design, the resources in The ABC Skill Builder Books can be used in a variety of ways with kids of all ability levels. The activities help build independence and functional performance or support typical development.
How to Use the ABC Skill Builder Book Series
While the sky is the limit on how these resource use can be utilized, here are just a few ideas:
The Skill Builder Books are for parents…
-When doing an activity with your child, see if you can paraphrase the “what” or “why” of the activity to their level of understanding. If you can explain to your kids what the activity is addressing, then you definitely have a good understanding of the parent education piece related to each task.
-Read through the children’s text like a storybook to familiarize yourself and your kids with the resources. Once familiar with the activities, start to identify where the kids can incorporate them into their daily life. Include activities into what is already happening at home instead of feeling like another thing has to be added to an already packed schedule.
-Try each sensory strategy from Sensory ABC with your child. Observe and jot down a quick note regarding how your child responded to the activity. Was is calming, did it help them focus, did it alert their body? Make a list of those strategies that were most effective for your child so you have a menu of helpful activities to choose from whenever needed.
The Skill Builder Books are for teachers…
-Incorporate the resources into literacy by doing the activities associated with the letter that is being introduced in class. This can be a fun way to get moving and include kinesthetic learning. For older kids, see if they can come up with a new activity and write a rhyme that describes it. Compile their ideas into a class book.
-Create a menu board with activities that could easily be done in the classroom. Review the activities with the class and if needed help students identify their top 3 to 5 (what would be most helpful for them when they need to reenergize or refocus). Allow the children to select a task whenever they need a brain-break throughout the day.
-Share with parents (either print copy or ebooks via the Skill Builder Books Subscription Program) at the beginning of the school year or at conferences to empower them with the knowledge of how they can support their child at home to build skills required for classroom success.
The Skill Builder Books are for therapists…
-Prior to a therapeutic table top task, prepare the child’s body with a sensory activity to help regulate, a gross motor activity to activate and strengthen the muscle of the core, and then a fine motor activity to provide input to the hands and build foundational skills. Identify (with the child’s input as much as possible) several series of sensory-gross motor-fine motor sequences that can be used consistently by the child as their “go-to” plan for preparing their body to work.
-Provide to clients (either print copy or ebooks via the Skill Builder Books Subscription Program) for use as an engaging and interactive home program. The resources can be a compliment to individualized therapeutic activities or used alone to develop foundational skills. The home program can also include the adults. Encourage parents or guardians to read through the adult education pieces and return next session with specific questions or observations related to what they learned.
-Spell out a child’s name and then select and complete the corresponding letter activities. Have the child help determine which of the three activities (fine motor, gross motor, or sensory) associated with each letter would be most beneficial for them at that time to support the development of self-awareness.
Where to Find Skill Builder Books
While The ABC Series is intended for a broad and varied audience, its goal is very specific – to help children of all abilities build foundational and functional skills. How will you use these resources to support the children in your life?
The Fine Motor ABC, Gross Motor ABC, and Sensory ABC books come together in print format under the title Skill Builder ABC, or as separate ebooks.
Please visit www.skillbuilderbooks.com for more information.
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