The Importance of Sequencing
Sequencing is an important component of nearly every developmental skill, from following two-step directions to completing the getting-ready-for-school routine independently. Sequencing ability impacts speech and language development, motor planning, activities of daily living, reading comprehension, organizational skills, time management…nearly every aspect of our daily routines in some way.
When a child is struggling with age-appropriate sequencing skills, the result may be increased dependence on adults, frustration, meltdowns, difficulty following instructions, and developmental and academic delays.
Erica Matzkin, OTR/L, is the co-founder of SOAR Therapy and the creator of StepByStep. She uses StepByStep sequence cards with a wide variety of patients, including those with cognitive impairments, learning disabilities, and brain injuries. “By using these sequences to first assess a patient or student’s cognitive abilities, it allows a therapist, teacher, or parent to gain a deeper understanding of an individual’s needs and goals. Following an initial assessment, utilizing StepByStep on a regular basis will help teach and/or reinforce many ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) that are essential for growth, recovery, and learning.”
FREE Sequencing Activity Cards from StepByStep include “Brushing Your Teeth” and “Checkout Out a Library Book!”
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Need some inspiration on how to best use StepByStep? Try spreading the cards out on a table and have your student/patient arrange them in what they believe is the correct order. Ask them to verbally walk you through their thought process, while explaining what is happening in each step. Also, try taping the cards onto the bathroom mirror, kitchen counter, or other convenient places around the house to help reinforce the sequence of steps of these everyday tasks!