Motor play is crucial for the growing child. Pathways in the brain grow when children move and explore the world through their senses. Building a strong sensory motor foundation leads to competence in sports, the classroom and life!
The Motor Story helps parents and teachers understand how all that play can enhance emotional, social and cognitive growth as well as physical well being. Activities and the target benefits (besides fun!) are shared and updated in the blog.
In addition to great activities for the home and classroom, experts share ideas about health, sports and the wellbeing of children.
The Motor Story will also be teaming up with Sustainable CAPE to explore the benefits of GARDENING for children this spring and summer!
Jill has been a practicing pediatric occupational therapist for over 30 years. She helps parents and educators understand the importance of sensory-motor development for the overall wellbeing of the child. After receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylavania, Jill received a Masters in Counseling and Human Relations at Villanova University and a teaching fellowship at New York University. She is SIPT certified and has advanced training in Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorders. Along with writing, blogging and “playing” with children, she gives workshops to parents and teachers, helping them see the huge impact motor skills have on overall health and happiness of the child, and that creating a great athlete is merely a positive side effect!
Along with her private practice and consulting, Jill is the mother of three children, including boy-girl twins and a grandmother. She is an avid organic gardener, cyclist and enjoys swimming.
Your Child’s Motor Development Story
Your Child’s Motor Development Story serves as a guide to families and teachers in understanding how sensory motor development impacts the health and wellbeing of every child. Beginning with birth and spanning the years leading to and including the first formal sports experiences, the book offers many suggested activities to enhance development in all critical areas. Case studies and beautiful photography give clear illustration of how to’s and why’s of developmental stages, key skills and how to best organize and play with the child.
The publisher, Future Horizon’s Sensory World, had the vision to see that sensory motor development is and needs to be a concern for more than just the “special needs” population. While the book will help families struggling with sensory processing and motor issues, the message to all parents is, “Healthy play for all children is key to every aspect of their development!”
Award winning photographer, Eileen Counihan, draws the reader into the joyous world of children with her spectacular photography.
Click here to visit Future Horizon/Sensory World to order Your Child’s Motor Development Story and look at other related materials.