Sensory Motor Disorders
When we are very young, we gain the use and coordination of our muscles in our trunk, arms, legs and hands. We also learn how our senses help us identify the environment we’re in through sight, sounds, smell, taste and hearing. If a health condition gets in the way of your child developing these abilities at a young age, it can set them up for a lifetime of struggle and disability.
Realizing that your child may have a sensory motor disorder can be scary. Therapy Care in Batavia offers a variety of pediatric therapy services that can help your child. Contact our clinic today for more information and to make an appointment.
What is a sensory motor disorder?
If your child has a sensory motor disorder, it means that they have difficulties with one of the main five senses such as touch or taste. They may even have difficulties with more than one at the same time.
A few examples of tasks your child may struggle with include:
- Delayed sitting, crawling and walking
- Catching a ball, picking up toys
- Dressing themselves
- Difficulty with fine motor skills, such as writing
- Difficulty with understanding, tolerating and participating in home or school environments
Your child may also become visibly upset when faced with certain stimuli such as light, textures, colors, tastes, and sounds. What causes a sensory motor disorder to develop is not yet known, however, research has stated these conditions could possibly be a result of an environmental, genetic, or intrauterine factor.
With the right kind of attention through pediatric therapy at Therapy Care, your child’s motor issues can be addressed and managed accordingly.
How can pediatric therapy at Therapy Care help?
Here at Therapy Care in Batavia our pediatric occupational therapists understand and know how to treat a variety of sensory motor disorders and issues. When you bring your child in for an assessment, our therapists will review his or her medical history, observe their mobility and coordination, as well as how your child handles changes in the environment.
Our therapists will put together a treatment care plan to ensure your child’s success. Pediatric occupational therapy often involves play time to teach them the correct way to hold toys and explore, as well as exercises and training to improve how they walk or run. They may incorporate sensory integration therapy into treatment as well, where your child will be evaluated for any “sensory defensiveness” or “sensory cravings.”
Your child’s therapist will also most likely put together an at-home exercise program so that you can continue to practice with your child away from the clinic. Your involvement can speed up progress and make your child more comfortable with their therapy.
Contact Our Office Today
If you’ve noticed your child having difficulty with any of the abovementioned signs or symptoms that accompany a sensory motor disorder, don’t waste any more time. Contact Therapy Care in Batavia today for more information regarding the treatment for sensory motor disorders in children. Our occupational therapists are ready and waiting for your call!