Sensory Motor Development

Children who find it difficult to keep up in school, make friends, or get into trouble for wriggling around and talking too much in class are often struggling with immaturities in early development. Many will also find it difficult to express themselves emotionally, become easily frustrated, or withdraw and shut themselves away.

There is much more to learning than simply reading and writing. Learning happens through our senses, aided by well-developed motor skills. Screening for gaps in early sensory and motor development will give a picture of exactly why your child is struggling, and what we can do to help them.

If you are concerned, the first step is to make an appointment for a chat. You can share your concerns, and we will discuss options for supporting both you and your child.

Screening for Developmental Delay

Screening usually takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours, and includes:

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Sensory development and integration – touch, balance, listening, vision
  • Basic auditory and visual screening
  • Standardised tests of reading, writing, spelling and number skills if required
  • Development history questionnaire, completed by the parent, providing background information about your child, including:
    • Indications of missed or incomplete developmental milestones
    • Stressful experiences during infancy and early childhood
    • Likes and dislikes
    • Challenging behaviours
    • Special gifts and talents

Key Features of this Approach

The assessment will be followed by a meeting with you to discuss options for helping your child. one option is an individualised sensory integration and movement program designed to help your child catch up on those incomplete stages of early development. The aim is to help your child achieve to their potential, not just tomorrow in school, but throughout life.

Key features of this approach are:

  • Acceptance of the child, reverence for who they are and what they bring
  • A place of safety and trust, permission to be themselves
  • A non-judgemental space to safely explore deep feelings and emotions
  • Learning how to gently self-regulate behaviour
  • The safety of a predictable routine
  • No rush, no pressure to succeed
  • Building sensory and motor skills through movement, craft activities, music, rhyme, rhythm, therapeutic painting, games and puzzles
  • Recognition that learning happens at the child’s pace in an atmosphere of playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy

Results

Case studies of individual children, and Testimonials from their parents show that by addressing underlying issues, and building firm foundations for social, emotional, physical, behavioural and academic learning, gains can be seen in the following areas:

  • Listening and communication
  • Relationship skills
  • Self-regulation of behaviour
  • Reduced anxiety, anger and frustration
  • Development of a sense of self through personal achievement
  • Fewer (or no more) meltdowns
  • Social skills, such as making friends, taking turns
  • Academic achievement, such as reading and written expression
  • Improved body awareness, motor coordination
  • Increased awareness and understanding of the world around them
  • Signs of empathy and compassion
  • Closer family relationships
  • Growth in confidence and self esteem

Reaching Out

If you think this program can help your child, or you would like to chat, please email, or call me on 0474 095 432.

NDIS

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