Toby Lee is our guest blogger today. He works extensively with people with conditions like Dyslexia and those on the Autistic Spectrum. He gave us this introduction to his work: 

At Complementary Education and Training Centre, we have over twenty years experience in teaching students with learning needs, including Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Asperger, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia.

We work with both children and adults of all ages, with mild, moderate and severe learning needs. We support individuals at all stages of their education, covering areas such as key skills in Literacy (dyslexia), numeracy (dyscalculia), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), along with other areas such as attention span, self-esteem, behavioural, anxiety and anger.

Our fundamental belief is that support is critically important across all age groups, starting from primary school on into adult working life; we all have gifts as individuals, we just need them to shine.

Our aim is to help the student in areas that they are concerned with, building up confidence which in turn reduces anxiety, frustration and anger, thus allowing them to feel part of their learning environment.

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So starts Toby’s first guest blog:

Top Tip Saturday…Fine Motor Skills Toby Lee Dyslexia Dublin CETC ©

The co-ordination of the skeletal, muscular and neurological body functions combines to perform fine motor skills. Fine motor control is the ability to make small, precise movements, such as picking up a tiny object with your thumb and index finger. There are several things you can do to improve fine motor skill…working with a soft ball…making sure you get your child to squeeze the ball, stretching the fingers and pull the ball in by using mainly the finger tips…rolling up a tea towel is also good for this.
Marbles is a great game for improving fine motor skill and children love to play it. Set up a marbles game and play it for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day. To shoot marbles, set up a small box on its side either on a table, on a carpet or on the floor. Hold a marble between the tip of your index finger and thumb; shoot it towards the box, trying to get it inside. Start close to the box and as co-ordination improves move the box further away, which will also continue to develop more accuracy. You can also use the index finger to flick the marble if preferred.
Another exercise to strengthen the fingers and improve fine motor is to get an elastic band and thread it around the fingers and try to spread the fingers as wide as you can and return to normal position. Repeat this (a few minutes at each end of the day) every
day.
This information is for guidance purposes only