MOTOR & SENSORY DIFFERENCES
Gross & fine motor skills
Dyspraxia or apraxia is a breakdown in our ability to plan motor movements resulting in challenges with purposeful motor skills such as speech, fine motor skills, activities of daily living, extracurricular activities, social participation – pretty much all areas of the client’s life. With apraxia, there is a breakdown in the connection between the brain and the body. Our ability to plan, organize, execute and make adjustments to our movements is negatively affected. When our clients show differences in the sensory and motor processing, we often see difficulties in the areas of organizing thoughts and ideas to engage in their daily motor tasks such as activities of daily living, play, organizing their ideas to compete a writing assignment, or to participate in a sport or learning a new skill. Anxiety, low self-esteem and dysregulation can also occur as the client does not feel successful to complete the task or even to start the task.
Successful motor planning requires a well-established body map and a good sense of body awareness. We support our clients first by establishing an integrated map of their body so that they understand where their body is in space and in relation to other objects. They will then build the connection between the brain and body, which results in successful motor planning and ultimately an increase in self-confidence and ability to complete the task. Coaching is also provided to the caregivers to better understand their son or daughter’s abilities and ways in which they can support them in other environments to meet their goals.