Sensory Motor Disorder

Uncovering Sensory-Based Motor Disorders

October is National Sensory Awareness Month AND Physical Therapy Awareness Month.  It is a perfect time to introduce the very important connection between sensory and motor - sensory-based motor disorders.  Discover how physical therapy...
writing and drawing

Help! My Child Hates Writing and Drawing Activities

You know that your child needs to learn some basic visual motor skills in order to be successful in school. For whatever reason, your child is not interested or may even be resistant to...
finger weights

Finger Weights: A Therapy Tool for Fine Motor Isms

Evan is diagnosed with sensory processing disorder.  He also is struggling mightily to present legible handwriting.  He is referred by his teacher to the school-based occupational therapist for an evaluation.  The evaluation reveals that...
physical therapy

Physical Therapy – How to Gain the Maximum

When will my child sit, crawl, walk? It’s one of the first questions I get asked as a physical therapist. The truth is, I don’t know. During physical therapy, sometimes, I can tell if a child...
struggling writers

Solutions for Struggling Writers

Tomorrow is National Handwriting Day. It's an unofficial day that was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977. Their motive at the time was to promote the consumption of pens, pencils and...
Sensory Motor Sledding

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 moving, then wrap up a hard day of play with a large mug of...
motor planning

Motor Planning Requires Adequate Sensory Functions

Motor planning is using the brain to direct the body to be able to sequence and perform goal-directed motor tasks.  Learning to ride a bike, tie shoelaces, and learning karate or dance moves are...

6 Tips to Teach How to Throw and Catch

To throw and catch a ball may seem like such a basic skill, but for a child with motor isms, it may seem more challenging than going for an Olympic gold medal! It is amazing...
Handwriting Skills

Handwriting Challenges: Dys-print-ism?

Handwriting challenges or here at Special-Ism, we might call them Handwriting Isms. My understanding is that you seek solutions to "isms".  Toward that end, let us clarify the connotation of ism, as well as related...
clay coil pot

Enhance Motor Planning through Art

Motor planning involves the ability to order, plan, sequence and execute multiple motor activities. It requires the ability to imagine and carry out an action. It also means being aware of how to use...