Proven Tools to Help Children Deal with Their Environment

TRAINING

The training offered by Groupe Ergo Ressources is available at your premises on request. Our occupational therapists give training to better equip you on the sensory and motor difficulties you may see in children. We also organize occasional special events.

The Basics of Handwriting

Handwriting involves much more than holding a pencil. Besides mastering intricate strokes, handwriting also requires speed and efficiency, especially in the higher grades.


Intended for teachers (including teachers in physical education and health), this training presents all the components of handwriting from gross motor skills to fine motor skills. On the menu: tips and tools that you can use the day after the training, since our activities require few materials.

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Improve Attention and Behaviour in the Classroom Through Sensory Strategies

Children with attention and behaviour problems often hear the same phrases, such as:

Concentrate, be careful!

You're overreacting, it's not so bad!

Don’t be so lazy!

Sit still, calm down!

Stop daydreaming !

Some children, with or without diagnosis, have difficulty managing the demands of their environment or responding to them.

They can be very sensitive:

To sounds (they are disturbed by loud sounds or low frequency sounds like the range hood)

To light (they do not like bright lights, they are over-stimulated if they watch television or play on the computer)

To touch (they are picky about clothing, food, social contacts)

To movement (they are fearful, sedentary, get car-sick)

Others need a lot of stimulation to feel good:

They listen to very loud music

They do not see changes in the environment; do not turn if someone enters a room

They don’t feel much pain or cold (you see them with their coat open even when it’s very cold out)

They don’t tend to notice when they are dirty

In a quiet environment, they tend to daydream, fall asleep or become restless and start running around to keep awake

The sensory system is a major but little known basis of human functioning. Using sensory strategies allows children to improve their attention or adopt behaviours that are more appropriate to the context. All in an efficient way, without arguments or confrontation!

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Sensory Strategies and Routines

Come explore your own sensory system. You will discover, through scenarios, how a child can be disturbed or organized by the stimuli of his environment. Thereafter, we will learn appropriate classroom routines to help children manage their daily lives and increase their attention.

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Sensory Tools for Whom and for What?

Over a number of years, many sensory tools have appeared on the market, such as heavy plush toys, cushions, textured balls, etc. Teachers and parents use them either by choice or because they have been recommended by a professional. But what exactly are they used for? When do you use them and how do you know if the tool is useful for the child. Do heavy objects work?


The main objective of this workshop is to demystify and better understand the function and utility of sensory tools. Participants will take away a simple method for choosing the tools to offer children. The expected outcome of the conference is to ensure that the tools are what they need to be: items that help students maintain a state of optimal awareness and receptivity in the classroom.

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Toddler Tantrums: Sensory Strategies

"He’s not just biting others, he’s taking a piece out of them!"

This is a statement that speaks volumes!


In their day-to-day work, child care practitioners oversee how toddlers participate in a wide variety of activities. In some situations, group life can be disrupted by a child whose unexpected reactions are misunderstood by others: refusal to play with other children or to co-operate, strong reactions or tantrums at meal time or when it’s time to get dressed, the avoidance of certain craft materials or toys.


In many situations, the immaturity of sensory systems in children aged 0-5 years is one of the underlying causes of such problems.


An occupational therapist, through their knowledge of the interactions between the sensory system and the children's participation in play and everyday activities, can help to explain the child's difficulties and propose solutions to facilitate their development and integration into the group. 


This training, focused on practice, aims to equip teachers and childcare workers with new and effective tools to help these children get along better in a group.

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Development of Fine Motor Skills Through Gross Motor Skills

A child learns to hold his body before being able to handle objects. He begins to walk on all fours before coordinating his two arms, before eventually being able to write. In short, a child develops from gross motor skills to fine motor skills.


Thus, helping the child develop a solid foundation will ensure success in the development of his future skills and learning.


Focussed on pre-school toddlers (ages 2 to 5), this workshop provides participants with activities that will prepare children step-by-step for the big kids’ school.

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Organized Body, Head and Desk

You have taught the child an activity several times and he still has not mastered it. He does not seem to be able to keep his desk or his locker in order. When he does a task, he seems lost and often looks to see what others are doing. A child with any of these characteristics is likely experiencing difficulties in motor planning and organization.


This training allows teachers and childcare office employees and workers to better understand this process, over which the child has no control. In addition, it provides effective and innovative avenues for intervention and tools.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Daily Sensory Strategies and Tools

According to some studies, 90% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have sensory disorders. Therefore, the overwhelming majority of children with an ASD diagnosis find it difficult to manage the sensory stimuli coming from their daily environment.


The purpose of this training is to enable parents and caregivers to better understand how this impacts the child's level of functioning and how this limits his or her learning and autonomy. Using concrete examples and activities tailored to different age levels, we will build a sensory toolkit that can help the child on a daily basis.

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All of our training sessions last for one day, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Would you like to benefit from customized training on your premises? Contact us!

CONFERENCES

I Feel a Little, a Lot, Not at All

Managing the environment through the senses (touch, hearing, movement) is an adventure for our toddler born with immature senses that he must tame and integrate. This conference will help better understand the development of the sensory system and explore the sometimes explosive impact on the behaviour and attitudes of our toddlers.

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The Development of Fine Motor Skills Through Gross Motor Skills (Parent Version)

Schooling is an important step in the life of a human being. To have good memories of this time of life, it is important for the child to have some success.


The basis of schooling, which starts with handwriting, begins in the first months of life and is gradually acquired in the first years of life, until at least age 7.

Objectives:

Knowledge of basic skills

Learn how to use them

Learn the tricks and strategies applicable in your everyday, sometimes overloaded, life

Understand the link between the main principles and the suggestion of simple activities

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Occupational Therapy to Reduce the Impact of Autism

Autism is a developmental delay and an increasingly common condition. This conference will explain what are hyper and hypo reactivities and their daily manifestations. We will also see how we address this type of difficulty in occupational therapy and what improvement we can see in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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On Your Mark, Get Ready, Learn!

Learning is a journey for our children. The good news is that when the child has good basic skills to learn from, he or she will do so easily and with pleasure.


At this conference, we will learn more about these various skills and how to help our child acquire or use them in a fun way.


We will also share tips and strategies to make the homework period easier and more fun.

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Our conferences are 1 hour 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute question period to answer individual questions. The one on autism is 2 hours followed by a 30-minute question period.

Contact us today to learn about our training and conference dates, or to organize an event in your area with Groupe Ergo Ressources.

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