What are Sensory Motor Skills?

Sensory Motor Skills are products of our central nervous system. Specifically they are the relationship between our sensory skills (seeing, hearing, and touching) and motor skills (muscles and their movement).

 Ideally, our motor skills take the information our senses receive and process it into an appropriate action. These skills are very important in childhood development.

To explain it simply, when someone has poor Sensory Motor Skills they misinterpret or have a hard time connecting everyday sensory information with the motor skills required. This may lead to them feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or exhibiting strong emotional behaviours (sometimes described as ‘melt downs’).