Category Archives: motor skills

Bilateral Motor Control

Bilateral Motor Control refers to incorporating use of both sides of the body during motor activities.  The processes are also commonly referred to as Bilateral Motor Integration.   Typically, bilateral motor control refers to incorporating either symmetrical  or reciprocal motor patterns.  An example of symmetrical motor patterns is shown above as the children lift both arms of their bodies in a joyous expression.  An example

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Integrating vision with body awareness

For children who have Sensory  Processing Disorders, using vision, especially when approaching unexpected sights, can be challenging.  Features such as  “Gaze Aversion”, redirecting eye gaze away from an image they find to be disquieting (for instance a face),  impacts their ability to interact with the environment, avoiding obstacles in a  typical way. Parents of these children are familiar with the types of  frequent collisions

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Fingertip Prehension Patterns

Fingertip prehension patterns begin early on in life, but are some of the last motor functions to mature completely.  In some part, this is because such a large part of the motor region in the brain is dedicated to coordinating movements of the hand. This means that it takes more focused attention and mental effort to move the hand and fingers, than it does

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Integrating Functional Vision with Body Righting Reactions

Functional vision – incorporates use of the visual system to identify the layout of the near, distant, and peripheral environment while orienting oneself to objects within those confines.  Many children who have sensory processing disorders have difficulty with various aspects of functional vision. Visual pursuits – the ability to coordinate movements of the eye muscles in order to follow movement of an object, such

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Boosting Attention to Hand Function Skills

Developing proficiency in hand function skills typically requires the support of two distinct sensory processing systems. While components of the visual  processing system alert us to where and what the objects are that we will be working with, the sensory receptors in the joints, skin and muscles of the somatosensory system alert us to touch and movement sensations occurring as the objects are manipulated..

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Bilateral Motor Integration

The ability to incorporate use of both sides of the body represents acquisition of  important developmental milestones.  We see this first when a baby holds a bottle with both hands to drink and hold toys, next when we see the toddler using all four extremities to crawl, and later on when the toddler begins to walk.  Use of both hands to work with tools

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