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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Address Isms via the Motor Connection

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Movement is an integral part of our social, emotional, and physical lives. A 4-month old excitedly kicks her arms and legs in response to the funny face dad makes, so he does it again. An 8-month old will crawl to retrieve her favorite rattle, shake it to hear the sound it makes, and then look […]

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Focus on a Strength–Such as Movement–to Teach Skills


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have movement as a strength. Perhaps the child cannot talk or doesn’t know how to initiate play with a peer, but they can typically walk down the block and climb the monkey bars. We’re not talking about the quality, variety, or skill level of movement, because children with […]

Exercise Balls: What To Do With Them?

Exercise Ball

Exercise or therapy balls have been used in the therapy world for many years as a tool for core strengthening, developmental exercises, and for sensory stimulation. More recently they have popped up in gyms and people’s homes as an inexpensive, fun and dynamic piece of exercise equipment. What is the Right Size? One of the […]

Simple Movement Can Improve Your Child’s Communication


Here are some movement tips that may be helpful for children that have communications challenges. Maximize the Child’s Posture Is he slumped forward, leaning on his elbow or holding his head with his hand? Are her feet on the floor so she can push on the floor as a source of stability for the rest […]

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 […]

How to Receive the Greatest Benefit from Your Child’s Therapy Sessions


A typical chain of events leading up to enrollment in a therapy program is as follows: A parent begins to have concerns about the behaviors or skill development of his/her child. After some time, the concern evolves into an actual “problem” that in some way affects the child’s academic performance, social behavior, and/or daily routine. […]

8 Sensory-Motor Benefits of Aquatic Therapy


Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of all the therapeutic benefits of swimming and playing in the pool. Many children who have difficulty controlling their bodies for sports and gross motor activities will have success moving in the water. Its also such a calming and organizing sensory environment that it can provide a […]

Can Therapy Be Fun?


I assume as a parent of a child with special needs you already know about the importance of gross motor skill development for helping just about any and every developmental issue your child may have.  Perhaps you know it by different references, such as physical or occupational therapy for improving basic body skills and coordination, […]

Physical Therapy and SPD, The Sensory-Motor Team


October is both National Physical Therapy Month and National Sensory Awareness Month. Given the timing of both of these opportunities to increase awareness of both of these topics, I would like to explore the crossroads between Physical Therapy and Sensory Processing Disorders. In the Beginning When a baby is born they come into the world […]

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