HOCUS, POCUS, HYPERFOCUS!!!

Betty Maxwell, M.A.

 

This magical technique takes advantage of the natural ability of visual-spatial children to hyperfocus.

Diagnostic Checklist of Writing Disability

  1. Is his writing posture awkward (like a scrunched up pretzel)?
  2. Does he hold his pencil strangely? 
  3. Can you see the tension run through his hand, arm, furrowed brow?
  4. Does it take him much longer to write than anyone else his age?
  5. Does he fatigue easily and want to quit? (Are you hearing a lot of groans?)
  6. Does he space his letters on the paper in an unusual way (too close, too far apart, no spaces between words)?

Activities to Enhance Auditory Processing

  1. “I’m Going on a Picnic.”  Play games that involve auditory memory, such as “I’m Going on a Picnic.”  The first person says, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m going to bring an ___________” (e.g., apple, armadillo, albatross, etc.—anything that begins with “a.”)  The second person repeats what the first person says and adds something that begins with the letter “b” (e.g., “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m going to bring an apple and a banana.”)  The next person repeats what the second person has said, and adds something that begins with the letter “c.”  The game continues