• 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...
  • 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...
  • Understanding The Sensory System And The Importance Of “Sensory Pathways”

    Understanding The Sensory System And The Importance Of “Sensory Pathways”

    by Timothy D. Davis, Ph.D. Sensory “pathways,” or where and how we move, are a natural part of every child’s day. Take a moment and think about what your child does throughout their day (for example, from the time they get up from their bed, to the bathroom, down the hall, up and down stairs, to the table, to the car/bus, to school, to...
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