Age appropriate educational play is essential for children to develop the physical and mental skills that they need to thrive. Occupational therapists who monitor and assist with the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination know that babies and young children learn through movement, activity and play – while older children, from 4 years of age and older – require increased three- and two dimensional stimulation in order to reach their developmental milestones.
As far as tools for occupational therapists go, the Beginner’s Booster program developed and used by Stimulus Maksima! is a focused computer-based product that allows pre-school children to develop fundamental reading and learning skills while having fun. This unique computer based system is integrated with skills based curriculum themes and outcomes. Beginner’s Booster is aimed at children aged 4 to 6 years, creating learning opportunities to develop more than 50 critical skills over a period of 3 years to promote school readiness. Older learners that lack fundamental skills also enjoy and benefit vastly by using this play-like approach.
Here’s why occupational therapists should choose Beginner’s Booster:
Develop fundamental skills
Beginner’s Booster is an extensive computer-based development program with a therapeutic foundation. The system integrates STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with a kinetic base, building on to concrete activities, unfolding into two dimensional activities and abstract thinking skills. This process creates building blocks for reading and learning, developing critical thinking skills needed later on during the school career and in life.
Monitor early childhood development
Beginner’s Booster provides scientific monitoring based on developmental milestones for 4, 5 and 6 year olds enabling occupational therapists to monitor children’s development so that they can provide therapeutic solutions where skills are lacking or below set milestones.
Encourage fun-based structured learning
While many parents provide random educational games for their children, Beginner’s Booster is structured according to progressive development over a period of 3 years. Instead of playing the same game over and over, often without educational guidance, each Beginner’s Booster session is new and fresh to encourage creative thinking in solving problems. Sessions are limited to 30 minutes per week, fitting perfectly into the comprehensive scope of early childhood development. These specialized sessions, presented individually to learners or in groups with a maximum of 4 learners per session, delivers remarkable results.
Provide therapeutic support
Because each animated theme in Beginner’s Booster is aimed at developing fundamental skills, the program is an excellent tool for occupational therapists. It is unique in that it intertwines kinetic, concrete, two dimensional and abstract activities in a compact, powerful offering to the child, enabling the therapist to monitor the process closely.
Teach children to love learning
Not only is Beginner’s Booster educational, it is also fun and teaches children to associate joy and excitement with learning. The activities provide age appropriate challenges and attainable goals through success motivation, which enhances the self-esteem and confidence of children – especially vital in the case of learners who’s development is below set milestones in certain areas.
Beginner’s Booster is a learning aid for early childhood development that can help them reach their developmental milestones and prepare them for their future education. The system provides play-based, structured educational activities that enable children to have fun while developing fundamental skills, enabling the essential reading, mathematical and critical thinking skills required for school readiness. It is one of many tools for occupational therapists available from Stimulus Maksima!.
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