See the links below for some sensory motor activities to try at home.
Sensory motor skills are the basic foundation for learning. All the activities and movement we do as infants, toddlers and children help prepare our body and our brain to learn. These skills are essential to develop the ability to participate in classroom activities and helps academic achievements.
Sensory Movement gives us our sense of balance and gravity, and coordinates our eye movements to see properly. The sense of proprioception, from receptors in our joints and muscles, tells us about our body position. It allows movement and manipulation of objects without looking and with the appropriate amount of force.
Sensory motor skills comprise of:
1 Body in space – Knowing where our body is in space helps know where we are in relation to people and objects and leads to the development of visual motor skills. Visual motor skills are essential in the areas of learning to write, social interaction by knowing boundaries of proximity and even driving as we get older.
2 Laterality – knowing how to cross midline of the body, knowing right from left and also eye movements comprise of laterality. The development of this skill is essential in learning how to read, write and also for our brain to work in a proficient song.
3 Balance- Development of balance is promoted through the use of our vestibular system present in our inner ear. A higher level of balance has been shown to stimulate the growth and enlargement of neural networks which in turn cause the communication systems to grow and develop.
4 Centering – Centering is the ability to cross the midline top to bottom. If centering is not developed, a student will walk completely disconnected, as though the legs are working independently of the rest of this body. This leads to poor coordination in sports; disorganization in his room and classroom desk; messy personal appearance; this child is overwhelmed