Clinician Guide: Improving Children’s Sensory Motor Skills

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The development of strong gross motor and balance skills, including walking, running, crawling and jumping, is vital for all children.

When a child has sensory integrative disorder these abilities can be severely impaired and intervention is needed to create more functional performances. Physical therapy emphasizes remediation of impairments of movement that lead to functional limitations. While the sensory impaired child may have the functional capacities to run, hop, etc., the way in which they execute these movements are often significantly skewed.

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