It is imperative that children are allowed to move and go through the physical milestones that facilitate sensory integration. If a child has underlying physical issues, they will struggle despite any amount of remedial intervention at an academic level.
By assessing children’s progression through the stages of gross motor development, the teacher can get a clear picture of sensory integration & how it might be impacting literacy & numeracy.
- Rolling -4mths
- Commando crawling
- Skipping -6 years
Once a child is at school age, the then need to be allowed to continue to improve their gross motor skills and build muscles through play. Monkey bars, cart wheels, bike riding and swimming are a few of the simple activities that can assist. Weight bearing activities will improve muscle tone in the arms and this will flow through to handwriting in the classroom.