Sensory Motor Development

Immaturities in early stages of sensory and motor development are often at the root of learning and behavioural difficulties. 

Gaps in early development can make it difficult for a child to sit still in class and be ready to learn. They may also be struggle to make friends, and are often in trouble for wriggling around and talking too much in class. Many will also find it difficult to regulate their emotions, becoming easily frustrated, or withdraw and shut themselves away.

There is much more to school readiness than simply being a certain age. Learning to read and write depends on a strong foundation of early sensory and motor development.
Screening for gaps in their early 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 talk about options for helping 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
  • Background information about your child’s early years  including:
    • developmental milestones
    • Stress, accidents or illness during infancy and early childhood
    • Behaviours
    • Special gifts and talents

Key Features of my Approach

The assessment will be followed by a meeting with you to discuss options for helping your child. Depending on the age of your child, you might like to consider an individualised sensory integration and movement program. The aim is to help your child catch up on those early  stages they may have missed. 

Your child is welcomed in a place of safety and trust, and accepted for who they are. We work at your child’s own pace, with no rush or pressure to succeed. Activities such as painting, craft, games and puzzles mean your child is having fun, and is learning without realising.

The program will take them back through early stages of development, filling in the gaps and building firm foundations for later learning. The aim is to help your child achieve to their potential, not just tomorrow in school, but throughout life in all areas – socially, emotionally, physically as well as in the classroom.

We will work together as a team. Regular catch up sessions with a parent are an important part of helping your child.  The success of the program is supported by building closer family relationships, and you will be required to supervise a short daily home exercise program.


As children progress through the program we usually see gains in a number of areas, including:

  • Listening and understanding
  • Making friends, taking turns
  • Emotional regulation
  • Reduced anxiety, anger and frustration
  • Increased self esteem through personal achievement
  • Fewer (or no more) meltdowns
  • Improved reading, writing, spelling and written expression
  • Improved coordination
  • Increased awareness and understanding of the world around them
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Closer family relationships

Case studies and Testimonials from happy parents indicate the benefits of a sensory and motor development program, combined with parent coaching.

Reaching Out

If you feel your child is struggling at school, and you would like to chat, please email, or call me on 0474 095 432.

Get in touch today

Your first 15 minute phone consultation is FREE. 

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