What is Sensorimotor Therapy

 

Our sensory networks give us the ability to process and internally integrate sensory information from our bodies and the environment, including sight, sound, touch, proprioceptive (where we are) and vestibular (balance / gravity) input. Our motor networks give us the ability to move our body with control and coordination. Children with autism have sensory and motor difficulties that have been found to impact social functioning [1] . This indicates a possible impairment in the process of sensorimotor integration (a brain process that allows the efficient connection of the sensory and motor domains [2].

What that means is, their sensory networks are not working effectively and have not integrated with their motor movement networks, which may also be impaired. A recent meta-analysis of 33 studies [3] concluded that motor issues in autism seems to be an issue with sensorimotor integration and that people with autism seem unable to efficiently process sensory information and integrate it efficiently into a motor plan. In simple terms, they are not in complete control of their body.

How can Sensorimotor Therapy help?

A Sensorimotor focused therapy helps with the challenges associated with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences. Brain Train’s Sensorimotor therapy challenges sensory processing and motor planning domains, through neurodevelopmental and other gross motor movement patterns, to encourage sensorimotor integration. Our underlying focus on exercise and movement includes motor skill development to assist with motor coordination issues and sensory reactivity.

Research shows that children with autism have difficulties coordinating sensory input and movement and that sensorimotor difficulties are associated with the severity of Autism Spectrum Conditions. What that means is, their sensory networks are not working effectively and have not integrated with their motor movement networks, which may also be impaired. A recent meta-analysis of 33 studies concluded that motor issues in autism seems to be an issue with sensorimotor integration and that people with autism seem unable to efficiently process sensory information and integrate it efficiently into a motor plan. In simple terms, they are not in complete control of their body.

Many of the challenges presented by children and adults with autism and other neurological differences are at their core, a function of immature, inefficient and non-integrated neural pathways which can impact all areas of functioning and daily life. Our Sensorimotor therapy lays the foundation for neurological efficiency. It helps to integrate reflexes and develop more efficient and integrated neuromotor and sensorimotor networks, in an attempt to improve brain-body connections. And when that happens, many of the challenges associated with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences can improve and other therapies and interventions can become more effective.

Brain Train’s Sensorimotor therapy is designed to improve gross motor coordination, balance, body awareness and sensory reactivity and outcomes of sensorimotor integration cited in research include improvement in social and communication skills, cognitive, self-help, behaviours, focus, stress and motor skills.

A closer look at our Sensorimotor Therapy

Brain Train is an approved NDIS provider, offering an integrated network of therapies and supports for children and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences. We consider our Sensorimotor therapy to be a vital and foundational support that will help to develop a person’s neurological efficiency and give them more complete control of their body.

Our therapy is very active and a lot of fun. It helps build confidence and character as well as competence in many core skill areas. Whilst the nature of intensive training can be very challenging neurologically, our therapists are trained in play-based teaching models and invariably both children and adults are engaged and having fun, but are really working quite hard.

Our therapists are trained by us in play-based techniques in order to maximise engagement and participation and our team includes occupational therapists, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and other professionals. This multi-disciplinary approach to sensorimotor integration ensures that we can tailor therapies and supports for individual needs.

Brain Train provides a unique environment to engage in foundational, transitional and functional movement, with specific neurodevelopmental and gross motor activities that encourage sensorimotor integration and neurological efficiency. So that children and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences can develop more complete control of their body, reduce sensory reactivity and reach their potential.

Brain Train is a family-centred, strengths-based practice. This means we encourage families to make decisions about the scope and nature of therapies and supports that suit the strengths, needs and challenges of the family unit.

What are some of the challenges associated with autism that Brain Train’s Sensorimotor therapy can help with?

As an NDIS provider and consistent with our commitment to providing evidence-informed supports, some of the goals of our Sensorimotor Intensive program include:

  • Improve independence (eg. self-care tasks such as bathing, dressing and going to the toilet)
  • Enhance gross motor skills (eg. walking, running, catching and throwing for improved participation in play-based and outdoor activities and/or sport)
  • Enhance fine motor skills (eg. improved pencil grip for handwriting and drawing, using cutlery, and tying shoelaces)
  • Develop social skills for improved social interactions at home and the wider community (eg. improved engagement with and awareness of others, and greater focus and coordination for play)
  • Improve self-regulation, with less rigidity and fewer meltdowns
  • Improve focus and attention

Reglstered NDIS provlder # 4050044301

Brain Train is an NDIS-approved service provider (#4050044301) Contact us if you have any questions about the NDIS process and using your funds with Brain Train. Click here to learn more

Reglstered NDIS provlder # 4050044301

Brain Train is an NDIS-approved service provider (#4050044301) Contact us if you have any questions about the NDIS process and using your funds with Brain Train. Click here to learn more