|Angie and Marcia used a Power Point presentation to explain the rationale and specific techniques used in Jump Start for Learning.||OCSLHA members listen attentively.||Volunteers take part in a sample activity.||Colorful fabric squares provide a variety of sensory experiences.||Kathleen is learning to tolerate a new taste sensation.|
Jumpstart is an
original classroom sensory exercise program. It combines the
teamwork of speech/language, occupational and physical therapists with
teaching staff for planning and program implementation on each school
combines body movement senses with classroom themes to “fire up"
children at the sensory motor level. Its goal provides children
with necessary sensory stimulation/motivation, helping them register,
organize and interpret sensory information, improving motor, social,
communication and academic skills. Once Jumpstart is completed,
children begin their day with the same foundation and are ready to
are rotated weekly and focus on gross, fine, and oral motor activities,
name recognition, concepts, sentence structure and communication among
has been presented at various early childhood conferences around the
state over the last two years, was selected for a Program of the Year
Award, 2001, from MSHA, and has won a State of Michigan Department of
Education 3-year mini-grant for the 2002-2005 school years. We feel
our program is successful for its innovative teamwork approach,
developing strengths and skills within our special children.
The JumpStart manual is now available through Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. This manual includes information for designing and implementing this program in your district. It includes fine, gross, oral motor, food, and speech method ideas relating to preschool themes. Charts and strategies for developing this program are provided. A full year preschool theme based curriculum including recommended materials, selected companion books, vocabulary, and home ideas are included. The JumpStart manual sells for $23.00 including postage and handling.
Send check or purchase order to Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District, P.O. 6020, Traverse City, MI 49696-6020, c/o Sally Kavanaugh
Contact Marcia Hickey, OTR at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Angie Liestenfeltz, SLP at email@example.com
Traverse Bay Intermediate School District: Phone: 231-922-7861; FAX: 231-922-7821