Sensory Motor Integration
Sensory motor integration is an important process in which the brain integrates sensory input from the environment to produce an appropriate motor response. This process is especially important for children's physical and cognitive skills development. Pediatric occupational therapists utilize sensory motor integration techniques to help children develop balance, coordination, and fine motor control skills. These techniques may include sensory-based activities like balancing on a ball, using therapy putty to improve hand strength, or participating in obstacle courses that require multiple senses.
By incorporating sensory input into therapy, children can enhance their ability to process sensory information, improving their physical and cognitive abilities. Sensory motor integration therapy is particularly effective for children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, and neurological conditions. This therapy provides children with structured and engaging sensory experiences to help them build new neural connections in the brain, ultimately leading to improved functioning and a better quality of life.
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