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Let Me Introduce Myself Etom

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Etom and his mother

October 2007

Etom will learn to control himself and become more organized in his play when he is able to relate to other children and toys. He considers people as interesting objects; he does not relate to teachers and parents in the classroom. He does not focus on his surroundings. Etom rotates around the room without a purpose or any attraction to any play activities.

Etom needs one-on-one attention in order to develop relationships with adults and children. He also has difficulty with his balance and his ability to move his body space. His movements are unplanned. For example, during the observation, Etom starts to play with a car on the play mat, drops the car, climbs to the top of the couch, pulls down another toy, throws it, and falls on the floor.

During the observation Etom does not make gestures, point or talk to any of the children or adults in the classroom. His actions are unfocused. His pupils dilate, he stares: his body lacks rhythm, flexion, extension and general coordination.

Here are animal walk exercises to help Etom increase his mobility and balance and learn to control his body in space. He must be taught by the teachers to feel his movements and engage with play toys and other children. These sensory-motor activities are necessary for Etom to do every day . The exercises are done at the floor level. Floor play is crucial to Etom’s development at his stage of development.

Rooster Walk. Holding the head and chest high, strut forward with knees straight and hands at the side of the chest. Wiggle elbows as if he has flapping wings.

Elephant Walk. Bending forward at the waist, allow arms to hang limp. Sway from side to side with big and little steps. Sway from side to side to music or singing.

Bear Walk. Moving forward and bending from waist; help Etom to touch the floor with hands, keeping his legs stiff, his hands touching his feet, keeping the head up.

Ostrich Walk. Bending forward at the waist, grasping his ankles help Etom to walk and make sounds; keeping his knees stiff, stretching the neck in and out.

Ask Dr. Susan