When your child feels comfortable and safe exploring and playing in nature, on school yards, and at parks and gyms, they naturally develop more quickly. Gross Motor skills, especially postural skills, are foundational to developing fine-motor, visual-motor, and oral-motor skills.
Occupational therapy is the best therapy for getting results when it comes to hand strength, coordination for in-hand-manipulation, and tool use for feeding and writing.
A sensory approach to handwriting, adapted from the curriculum of Handwriting Without Tears engages a child's attention, curiosity, musicality, and senses while they learn to write letters. This approach is very effective in improving writing for children with Autism, sensory, motor, or cognitive delays.
Sensory processing impacts a child's attention, learning, self-regulation, social engagement, coordination, self-care, and health and well-being. A sensory diet is a "prescription" that outlines the type, intensity and frequency of sensory input that a child needs throughout the day to support self-regulation. Children can be sensory seekers, avoiders, or both. The primary senses treateed in therapy are vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile, auditory and visual.
Reflexes are essential to survival and provide a foundation for learning how to move throughout the world. They are also the driving force for early development of sensory processing and integration. When development is stalled for any reason, developmental reflexes can become dysfunctionally integrated in the body and brainstem, hindering the development of efficient, coordinated movement. Since movement is the basis for cognitive development, these unintegrated reflexes can affect learning, sensory processing, self-regulation, handwriting, feeding, as well as a child's sense of well being and self-esteem.
Self-regulation is like a muscle; we get better at it as we practice. Self-regulation is closely linked to a child's ability to recognize how they feel, name their emotions, express how they feel, ask for what they need, and to be acknowledged and heard. We work with your family to identify strategies to progress your child's social-emotional learning, and we teach communication strategies such as Non Violent Communication to support family modeling of supportive communication.
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