Classroom Integration, Part 5 – Parent Perception

In previous posts, we have talked about what classroom integration is, examples of classroom integration, collaborative consultation, and natural environments. In part 5 of this discussion on school-based practice, we take on another factor that influences successful classroom integration of related services: parent perception. Parents are experts on their own children, and are key members of the IEP team. As such, it is very important that the relationships between therapists and families are mutually trusting and respectful. Maintaining open communication is a way to form and maintain a relationship with parents.

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More on keyboarding

So now that we know how to collect information about our students' ease and speed of keyboarding, as it compares to their handwriting speed, we can look at how to improve keyboarding.

Keyboarding is a motor skill, requiring recall of learned movements for greatest efficiency. As always, when performing seated work requiring skilled use of the hands, positioning is the foundation for building skills. With keyboarding, the position of the lower body and back in the chair, the position of the monitor in relation to head, neck and eyes, and then the position of the fingers on the keys. Touch typing is the method preferred for achieving the greatest speed while keyboarding. This method requires that the user utilize each finger to hit the keys, with the keyboard split into vertical rows. For example, the third finger on the left hand is responsible for hitting the keys e d and c, as they fall in a diagonal row on the keyboard. The index fingers are responsible for the following keys: left hand: r f v t g b, and the right: y h n u j m. The thumbs hit the space bar. This is the method that students should be encouraged to use.

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