Understanding Psychomotor therapy

Posted 11 January, 2016 by Guest Writer in Parenting / 2 Comments

What is Psychomotricity ?
It is related to Psycho-motor development of a child from birth till 12 years old.
Psychomotricity is a Learning Process the child develops while interacting with environment.
It’s about Acquisition of Physical/ Social /Mental skills on one side and their Manifestation On Movement/Behavior on the other side.

Psychomotricity in schools
Nowadays some countries realized the importance of psycho-motor stimulation in early childhood, they included Psychomotricity classes in preschools and KGs to teach kids about their body functions and how to invest their skills in a beneficial way, all through playful methods and corporal meditations such as:
  • Sensory games and toys.
  • Movement and Coordination activities.
  • Psycho-motor pathways.
  • Strategy games.
  • Mental activities.
  • Body expression Activities.
  • Relaxation methods.
The benefit of Psychomotricity in preschools and KGs is to detect difficulties and disorders at Early age, as early intervention is more effective and prevents cases from becoming  severe.
Children’s different types of skills grow in parallel, they are all related as well, and when one level is disturbed other levels can be affected. Therefore a holistic view is important to detect, to intervene and to put children in balance with their body and with their physical and social surroundings as well.

Psychomotor therapy
As I mentioned earlier Psychomotricity concerns the child development therefore, any difficulty a child faces can be either a cause or a result of development dysfunction.
Below is a list of disabilities that psycho-motor therapy works with:
  • Motor: Psycho-motor Development Delay, Dysgraphia, motor deficiency, Developmental coordination disorder.
  • Learning difficulties.
  • Sensory: visual or hearing deficiency.
  • Behavior and Communication disorders: ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder.
  • Learning difficulties.
  • Mental deficiency.
  • Neurological, health issues.

Studying the levels of sensory perception/motor skills/ emotional state/mental skills  and social behavior in interaction with one another, helps detecting diagnosis and specify the severeness of the problem.

Whether it is mild difficulty or severe disability, Psychomotricity  consist first on the general well being of the child. Therefore psycho-motor therapy’s first target would be building a relation based on trust between  therapist and child that gives the feeling of freedom to show emotions and difficulties, and to build self confidence within a secure and relaxing environment.
Beside the relation of trust,  the therapy project will be based on the individual assessment results and it will target numerous points, I will list the most common ones :

  • Body awareness: body as a whole and body parts, sensory parts and their functions.
  • Discover Movements ability of body parts and strengthen them, strengthen the body example: resisting and pushing, pulling; modify the balance skills and the control of body in movement.
  • Eye-hand coordination; fine motor skills.
  • Learning about directions, for using them in any action, ex: while reading or writing or drawing.
  • Learning about time, intervals, sounds, speed, rhythm, anticipation, for using them in any action ex: reading and writing skills.
  • Visual and hearing anticipation, concentration, planning, applying strategies, learning strategies and solving problems.
  • Relaxation, body expression and communication skills.
Rola Abi Kamel Psychomotor-therapist rolaabikamel@gmail.com
Instagram: Rola Abi kamel @kuwaitpsycho_motor_therapy

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2 Responses to “Understanding Psychomotor therapy”

  1. Rola Abi kamel

    Exactly jameelah, teachers role is so important because they observe and deal with the child everyday. Teachers will guide parents seek a specialist opinion to detect any disorder possible and prevent it from affect the child life and learning. The sooner the better.

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