Sensory Motor Fun in the Snow


Few things compare to the opportunities for a fun workout than playing in the snow. Get the kids outside and get moving and then warm up with a large mug of hot chocolate. Exercise is beneficial for all children, but has additional benefits for children with sensory processing disorders, low tone and anxiety disorders. In […]

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Motor Skills During the 1st Year of Life


If differences in motor development can be observed in young infants later diagnosed with autism, then there is potential to detect autism long before a child is old enough to socially interact or to start speaking. In several research studies, abnormal motor patterns were observed in every child that later was diagnosed with autism or […]

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Sensory Processing Disorder: An Overview


Sensory Integration (SI) is a term that has become quite well-known since its discovery in the 1960’s by developmental psychologist and occupational therapist, A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR.  During her work, she observed that many children appeared to have difficulty tolerating or interpreting the sensory information from their environments.  She described this as a sensory […]

From Thinking To Doing: How to Help Children Develop Automatic Movement Skills

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Children are very clever. When something is hard, many kids can think it out and use cognitive skills to overcome a sensory-motor challenge. This is a great compensation tool when necessary, but we want children to have automatic motor skills, so they can focus on listening, learning, and interacting, rather than thinking about the underlying […]

Conquering the Motor Challenges


“I’m doing it! I’m doing it!” yells an exuberant 8 year-old boy as he rides away from me on his bike. This young boy has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and dyspraxia and was so frightened to just sit on his bike with training wheels 4 months ago that he held on to […]

Beating Dyspraxia with a Hop, Skip and a Jump


Don’t turn away from this article just because of the word “dyspraxia.” First, what is dyspraxia? Geoff Platt, author of  lists some of the primary problems of dyspraxia to include: low muscle tone; easily fatigued muscles; poor coordination, balance, and attention; and hyperactivity. Some of the secondary problems include: lack of confidence and self-esteem; avoidance […]

Uncovering Sensory-Based Motor Disorders


Since October is National Sensory Awareness Month AND Physical Therapy Awareness Month, it is a great time to introduce the very important connection between sensory and motor and how physical therapy can play an integral role in supporting sensory motor development. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help individuals maintain, improve and restore mobility.   In […]

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