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JUMP START FOR LEARNING

A Sensory Motor Multi-Disciplinary Learning Approach for the Preschool Environment

by: Marcia Hickey, OTR and Angie Liestenfeltz, SLP
of Kalkaska and Traverse Bay Intermediate School District

October 4, 2002

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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 day.

Jumpstart 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 learn. 

Activities are rotated weekly and focus on gross, fine, and oral motor activities, name recognition, concepts, sentence structure and communication among peers. 

Jumpstart 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.

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bulletKeys to Success: 
Combining Communication and Sensory Integration Strategies
bulletJumpStart Manual
bulletOral Motor Grocery List

JUMPSTART MANUAL

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 mhickey@tbaisd.k12.mi.us
Contact Angie Liestenfeltz, SLP at aliestenfeltz@tbaisd.k12.mi.us
Traverse Bay Intermediate School District
: Phone: 231-922-7861; FAX: 231-922-7821

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