Spelling for communication
Teaching individuals with motor challenges to point to letters to spell, as an alternative means of communication, is the foundation for communication at Invictus Academy. The goal is to achieve synchrony between cognition (thoughts) and motor (movement). Motor practice centers around engaging cognitive lessons. Motor skills progress along an increasingly complex hierarchy from pointing to letters to typing on a keyboard. Communication moves from concrete to abstract as motor skills progress. Once the individual has achieved the motor skills for autonomous communication, the focus expands to develop whole body purposeful movement for daily living and achieving personal goals
Why is this important?
- Integration of cognitive and motor skills leads to improved physical and emotional regulation.
- Communication and motor control leads to improved access, quality of life and opportunities to be contributing members of society.
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