As introduced in Lesson 2, in the HELP® Strands protocol, the HELP® skills remain the same. However, the traditional six broad domains of the HELP® Checklist have been further grouped into concepts called Strands.
Each Strand includes HELP® skills that focus upon a specific underlying key concept, so that one skill builds the foundation for the next skill.
In addition, some (but not all) domains have “sub-domains” and some (but not all) strands have “sub-strands.” See examples below to help clarify, and follow along in your Strands protocol.
First Example: Fine Motor Domain 4.0, Sub-Domains I and II, and Sub-Strands
Notice the domain of Fine Motor, 4.0, and sub-domain 4.I Foundations beginning on page 18, and sub-domain 4.II Perceptual-Motor Integration, beginning on page 20. Within sub-domain 4.II, there is Strand 4-6: Spatial Perception and Planning on page 20. Under Strand 4-6, there are 4 sub-strands: 4-6A includes Pre-Writing; sub-strand 4-6B includes Block Construction; sub-strand 4-6C includes Formboard, and 4-6D is Paper Activities. Within each sub-strand, you can be sure that one skill is related to and leads to the next. This allows for easier crediting of related skills and indicates next skills for the child to learn for that concept.
Since skills were regrouped into strands, skill numbers are not always sequential and may have age and number gaps.
Another Example: Cognitive Domain 1.0, 2 of 7 Sub-Strands
This is an important graphic for understanding the organization of the Strands. Find these 2 Strands in your protocol on pages 4 and 5. If you look at Cognitive Domain 1.0 > Strand 1-1: Development of symbolic play, you will see that for Strand 1-1 at the top of the page, skills 1.13, 1.15, 4.39, and 1.35 are the first four skills in the Strand. They are arranged in hierarchical order within the strand, starting at 2 and a half months of age and extending to 6 – 9 months. These skills all relate to the concept of this Strand, but are not in numerical order since they originated in the Checklist, which is arranged numerically.