Simply put, sensory motor skills represent
the relationship between Sensory Skills and Motor Skills.
Brains process the information our senses receive so we can act accordingly (i.e. if we have been sitting for a long period of time, we have to stretch, move or go for a walk). If a student has difficulties processing this information, they may feel overwhelmed, anxious or exhibit emotional behaviors (meltdown and/or shutdown, for example).
Such difficulties can have a significant influence on a student’s ability to function in school. When the important needs of the vestibular-proprioceptive system (registering movement and muscle work) are not addressed, students may have trouble focusing, attending to task, organizing themselves, completing seemingly simple academic tasks or distracting others from doing so.
Many studies have indicated what we as adults experience every day – one cannot sit for prolonged periods of time without movement breaks. Without these breaks you will either loose concentration by feeling sleepy or by wriggling and fidgeting. Every person has different movement needs but studies have indicated that students demonstrate improved concentration and attention when regular movement breaks are part of their day.