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Sensory Motor Activities

The foundation of growth, development, and learning in a child starts with sensory and motor interaction with the world. The brain is built from the bottom up and this starts with movement and sensory exploration. Sensory stimulation and feedback drive the brain, but the motor system drives sensory stimulation—you can’t have one without the other. This is at the core of everything we do at Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Improving motor skills, sensory detection, and processing has to come before any higher learning, either behaviorally or academically, can take place.

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In almost every case, children who have an imbalance in their brain and who have some learning or behavioral issue, will also have a poorly coordinated motor system. We often see they are uncoordinated, clumsy, and awkward with their gait. Motor activity involves a number of different skills, including:

  • Muscle tone, strength, and coordination
  • Rhythm and timing
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Dominance
  • Gross and fine-motor skills
  • Primitive and postural reflexes
  • Eye-muscle balance and coordination
  • Vestibular balance and posture

Sensory Detection

Research has shown there is a link between atypical behavior and sensory deficits — smell, touch, vision, hearing, and balance. No sensory function works in isolation. All the senses are dependent on other sensory functions, which are dependent on a baseline level of brain activity. Sensory detection includes:

  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Vestibular (inner ear)
  • Proprioception (the ability to know where one’s body is in space)
  • Balance and spatial perception

At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, we assess all of these skills with standardized and accepted tests and quantify them by grade, age, or functional level. Our program then works to integrate sensory input and strengthen motor skills through activities that are designed to improve balance and stability and to increase muscle tone so a child can react more quickly. Some of these exercises include:

  • Aerobic exercise
  • Joint mobility and flexibility exercise
  • Proprioceptive exercises
  • Auditory stimulation
  • Vision exercises
  • Vestibular activities
  • Synchronized dance
  • Balance exercises
  • Fine motor
  • Gross motor
  • Primitive reflex training
  • Rhythm training
  • Core stability
  • Strength training
  • Gait training
  • Eye exercises
  • Gaze stability
  • Dominance exercises
  • And more

We utilize “same-timing techniques,” for stimulating the weaker side of the brain and balancing the two hemispheres for real-time integration. This coupled with academic activities and easy-to-follow dietary guidelines help to establish proper connections and improve rhythm and timing. Our unique integrated approach helps your child achieve optimum body and brain function, which supports improved learning—academically, socially, and emotionally. You’ll be amazed at the physical and academic advances your child will make during our program.

To learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help your child reach their full potential, contact us online or find a center near you.