• Difficulty With Self-Regulation And The Importance Of Sensory Motor Skills

    Difficulty With Self-Regulation And The Importance Of Sensory Motor Skills

    by Timothy D. Davis, Ph.D. Kids who have trouble with tactile, proprioception or the vestibular senses often struggle with motor skills that require midline crossing and motor planning. In addition, these same children may have difficulty managing impulsive behavior or responding appropriately to the stimuli in the environment. For example, when a teacher asks the children to line up for recess, you may see...
  • Providing Additional Sensory Motor Opportunities By Enhancing Sensory Pathways

    Providing Additional Sensory Motor Opportunities By Enhancing Sensory Pathways

    by Timothy D. Davis, Ph.D. Like any skill, practicing the movement and repeating the motor pattern enhances performance.  Our sensory system needs to be stimulated on a regular basis throughout the day if we are to learn to self-regulate our bodies within an environment.  Recall a time when you took a toddler or preschooler on an escalator for the first time. Do you remember...
  • The Science Behind The Senses

    The Science Behind The Senses

    by Timothy D. Davis, Ph.D. Most kids love to move. As they move, they constantly receive sensory information from their environment. In fact, we all do. But what we do with that information in our brain can be affected by a whole host of factors. For most of us, processing the excessive amount of sensory information we receive from the environment happens unconsciously. Managing...
  • Sensory Essentials: Vestibular/Tactile/Proprioceptive Senses

    Sensory Essentials: Vestibular/Tactile/Proprioceptive Senses

    by Timothy D. Davis, Ph.D. As mentioned, we have eight senses that help us in every aspect of our daily lives.  However, for the purpose of this article, it is important to recognize that there are three senses that are absolutely essential to helping children self-regulate – they are Tactile, Vestibular, and Proprioception.  As newborns to seniors, these three senses guide and shape our...
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