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Visual Motor Skills

The term “Visual Motor Skills”  refers to the ability to mix visual information with motor output.  For the most part, the term includes the ability to coordinate moves of the eyeballs with those of the arms and hands or legs and feet.  Also, moves of the  midsection to position the body may be involved.   The ability to make sense of visual information prepares the

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Coordination of Motor Skills: Planning and Sequencing

Planning the steps Sequencing the steps Making mid-course corrections Impacts math, handwriting, and reading skills The term “motor coordination” generally refers to the ability to think through and carry out an activity that requires a  series of movements. Meanwhile, the terms  “Motor Planning” and “Motor Sequencing” refer to the ability to plan the moves and to carry them out in order.  Coordination of motor

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Visual Perceptual Skills Include Language

Brain wiring includes language with visual input. We often look at artwork and use of symbols as examples of how vision works to help prompt our thoughts. However, visual perceptual skills do not work in isolation. Language helps the learner better understand what is shown. For example, the youngster in the photo above will need to break down the task card into spatial language

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Fine Motor Skills are Essential!

Fine motor skills combine the use of eyes and hands working together.  They also serve to integrate sub-skills such as control of body posture and eye muscles, along with muscles of the hands and fingers working together.  These skills are essential for self-care activities, such as dressing and success in school for activities such as reading and handwriting.  They are also essential for independence in

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Interweaving Gross Motor Skills with Fine Motor Tasks impacts Attention

Activities that intentionally combine gross motor skills with fine motor activity influence attention.  Key pieces being woven together in the photo below include resistive exercise for the core muscles of his trunk.  These muscles are being stimulated by the sway of the swing as he holds on to the swing and moves through space.  Body awareness is also  being activated as he  positions his entire body to  point

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Resistive Exercise, Heavy Work, and Attention

What is Resistive Exercise and Heavy Work? Resistive exercise is muscle action that is opposed by enough  force to increase strength.  “Heavy Work” is the combination of resistive exercise with activities such as those that are shown in the photos below. Combining resistive exercises into Heavy Work activities, activates key chemical actions throughout the brain and its pathways.  When these pathways are activated with sufficient

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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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