What IS Sensory Motor and WHY Is It Important?

Sensory and motor interaction provides for the foundation for a child’s growth, development and learning within the world around them.  Sensory stimulation/feedback and motor go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. The motor system drives the sensory stimulation and sensory stimulation/feedback drives the brain. It is critical for these skills to improve and develop to aid in behavior and academic learning. Often times, children struggling with learning or behavior have inadequately developed sensory and motor systems. Read More

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March Your Way Into Springtime Fun

Using outside play activities to develop motor skills.

Spring is finally here and children are excited about playing outside. Outside play times are perfect opportunities to encourage motor skill development while spending quality time with your child.

As children grow, they should be exposed to a variety of experiences that encourage their motor skills to develop. Simple things like choosing to walks on a gravel paths, soft sand or spongy playground mulch can challenge a child’s coordination and balance.  Playing on a variety of “unstable ground surfaces” will increase your child’s proprioceptive drive into the muscles which causes them to work harder than doing the same movements on more stable surfaces such as a road, wooden floors or concrete. Challenging your child with exposure to these unstable surfaces can encourage growth of motor skill coordination and postural control. Read More

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Pediatric Boulevard’s Ultimate Gift List for Kids!

Pediatric Boulevard’s Ultimate Gift List for Kids!

Toys that benefit a child’s physical and communication development

With the Christmas season upon us, our therapists often get the question: “WHAT should I buy my kid for Christmas to aid with their physical and communication development?” Given this is a common question with most parents, we asked our physical, occupational, and speech therapists to collaborate and develop a list of toys that they would recommend. Our licensed therapists came up with a great list of toys, categorized by age group, to stimulate and facilitate ANY child’s development. Read More

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What is a Floppy Baby??

2 (1)Have you ever wondered why your child’s body seems “floppy”?  Do their muscles feel “loose”?  Ever feel like your little one feels especially “heavy” to carry or lift, more so than they should?  Maybe they feel as if they are slipping through your grasp when trying to pick them up?

Low muscle tone, officially defined as Hypotonia, could be the cause of these symptoms. The official cause of Hypotonia is unknown; however, it is very common and can be present in normal infants, as well as infants with specific diagnoses such as Down’s Syndrome or Prematurity.  If a child has Hypotonia, it is very likely for them to present with delayed milestones such as sitting, crawling, walking and even speaking. Read More

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