Sensory Processing Disorders, Self Regulation and Heavy Work

Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological condition. This is a condition in which the brain has difficulty interpreting information that comes in through the senses.  This means that pathways  from the sensory systems (including eyes, ears, tastes, smells, joints and muscles)  may not be properly understood by the brain. The brain tends to respond with distress when it is not able to understand information. This tends

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Self Regulation Home Program Activities Part 2

Key Issue: Level of Arousal The Under-Aroused Child Setting up home program activities for children who have difficulties with self regulation and are Under-Aroused can be a challenge. The seeming lack of interest of the Under Aroused child may often be shown through poor attention to task, limited social skills, or lack of readiness to join in activities. Generally  speaking, these children  tend  to

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Self Regulation: Home Program Activities and SPD

Key Issue: Level of Arousal The Over-Aroused Child Setting up home program activities for children who have difficulties with self regulation and sensory issues can be a challenge. Many children who have these issues show a variable sense of what is  “just right” in terms of attention, social skills, excitement and readiness to join in activities.  When brought together as a group, these issues

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Developing Postural Control

Steadies the head – to aid visual perception Steadies the arms – to aid fine motor skills Skills relating to postural control and fine motor skills tend to be learned as a child develops. The ability to control posture usually moves forward in an age-related manner. For example, the ability to sit erect tends to be learned by 6 months of age.  Therefore,  the

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Expanding Visual Perceptual Skills Visual perception is the ability to understand one’s surroundings based upon what is seen.  Visual perceptual skills involve the use of eye muscles to look over the surroundings, use of language to describe the surroundings, and use of hands and feet to manipulate objects in the surroundings. Different aspects of visual perception are used for self-care, social and academic skills. Common

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Eye Hand Coordination

Eye hand coordination, also known as visual motor integration, refers to the ability to bring movements of the eyes and hands together to complete a task. Eye hand coordination also requires attention and organization since eye movements generally lead the way for planned moves of the body, arms, and hands. Eye hand coordination typically places emphasis upon paired moves of the eyes and the

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Motor Planning and Coordination

Features that reinforce success! Motor Planning is a term used to describe the ability to plan and carry out a skilled motor act in the correct sequence from beginning to end.  Motor planning is a feature of coordination that allows for mid-course corrections during a motor act. Body awareness, muscle strength, and functional vision are three elements of motor planning that are usually integrated during

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The image shown is one of a square that is divided into 4 sections. Each section lists one primary component of fine motor skills: sustained attention, eye movements, hand movements, and the ability to integrate these components.

Encouraging Development of Fine Motor Skills

There are many reasons why fine motor skills fail to develop as planned. Therefore, from time to time, specific types of fine motor skills may need prompts to emerge.  This blog will discuss activities parents and teachers can use to encourage the development of different aspects of fine motor skills.  These aspects include sustained attention, eye movements, hand movements and the ability to put

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Bilateral Motor Coordination

Bilateral Motor Coordination generally refers to the ability to use both sides of the body working together. In daily life, this may be seen by the ability to hold a sheet of paper still with one hand, while using the other hand to manipulate a pencil.

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Spatial Orientation – Part 3

Impacting Classroom Skills Spatial orientation may be defined as the ability to maintain the  posture of the body as  it relates to the surrounding space.  Whether the body is at rest or moving, children need to be aware of how they are positioned in the space around them.  For example, in order to be safe while moving around in a playground,  a child needs

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