Suggestions for Improving Sensorimotor Skills

  • Children learn from their senses.  Their senses work together to help them take in and respond to sensory information from their environment.  Sensory processing is how they change sensory information from within their own bodies and the external environment into messages they can act on.  When their senses work together, they are said to have intact sensory integration.  Often, integration does not occur and children may present with what is referred to as sensory integration dysfunction or sensory processing disorder.    

    As your child's OT improves your child’s ability to process sensory input, you can build on these skills at home as well.  The following pages give examples of activities that you can do with your child to help him/her with sensory processing.