Sensory Motor Therapy

Sensory Motor Skills

Sensory motor skills involve the process of receiving sensory input from our bodies and our environment (vision, hearing, taste, touch, vestibular, proprioception) to  produce a motor response.  Sensory motor integration is the capability of the central nervous system to integrate different sources of stimuli and transform it into a motor action.  It is how the neurological process of integrating sensory information from the body and the environment contribute to emotional regulation, learning, behavior and participation in daily life ( working toward being independent).   It is also process in which a child learns the use of and coordination of large and small muscles (gross and fine motor).

Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder is a condition where the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes through the senses.  Some signs that a child has sensory motor/sensory processing disorder might be:   Over-reactivity to sounds, touch or movement,  trouble with emotional responses (increased meltdowns, impulsive, easily frustrated, difficult to calm), poor motor skills (appear clumsy, immature coordination, poor balance and motor planning, poor handwriting skills), poor sleeping habits, becoming distressed during self care tasks,   appear floppy or have low muscle tone, tire easily, and  have difficulty changing routines or making a transition from one task to another.

Sensory Motor Therapy

Therapy involves  exercises and activities to strengthen the child’s sense of touch (tactile), sense of balance (vestibular), and sense of where their body is in space (proprioception).  Sensory play includes activities that stimulate a child’s senses and facilitate exploration and then encourage them to process these while they move, play, create, etc.

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