How to Organise a Playtime Drawing/Writing Session
When ready, try timed drawing or writing activities after your child has had a good run around or other physical activity (but not when they are tired).
Set up a good writing environment where they are sitting comfortably and without distraction, such as having the TV on.
Correct poor posture and keep the activity short - up to 5 minutes initially. However one minute of happy drawing/writing is better than no minutes.
After the drawing/writing play a non drawing activity or game with your child. Make this break between 3 and 5 minutes long, ensuring your child knows when it will end (use a timer so they can see when they will need to stop)
Return to the original drawing/writing activity for up to another 5 minutes.
End the sessions with a fun activity or treat.
Tips on Running the Session
Start with 2 drawing/writing activities and then slowly increase the drawing/writing time and/or the number of activities and reduce the playtime slot times.
You could try to do a couple of these kind of sessions at different times during the day.
It may take time for your child to be comfortable with the sessions. You need to show a lot of patience and encouragement, each improvement no matter how small needs to be recognised and positively praised.
Remember as your child’s skills develop so does their confidence to try and their self-esteem grows as they succeed where once they felt they failed.